April 1 - April 30, 2016

Exhibition Text

COOPER COLE is pleased to present Self-Evident Loss, a solo exhibition from Keith J. Varadi.

In the year 2021, I will chase my own ambulance. This will be the five year anniversary of the death of my last five year anniversary. Life can be measured by death. It is usually measured in years, though. However, it can also be measured in metrics. I was born with a blue collar, but I’ll die six meters under.

In any case, the heart isn’t the source of feelings. That’s romantic comedy. It’s the nervous system, of course.

Sometimes I get heart palpitations. These are often the result of anxiety. Or neuroses. Or drugs. The heart is the source of dread. That’s black comedy.

The last time I had a heart attack was when I had a renaissance peak in Vegas. No, wait—it was when I almost missed a JetBlue red-eye. No, wait—that was early in the morning. No, wait—it was that time I dunked my eyes in pumpkin-spiced pavement in Brooklyn.

Shit, no…the last time I thought I was going to die was on November 9th, 2015. By the 10th, everything was zen. And by the 11th, my clarity had gone viral.

Well, okay…so I saw a fortune teller on Christmas Eve. And so, umm, I met an exorcist on New Year’s Eve. And I mean, I guess I am resolved to absolve, and I am absolutely resolute.

Now, as you know, I am also a white man on the back page of a yellow book. I am as free as a Turk, and that’s something. Point is: Relativity cannot be proven in the court of loss. I forget the point when…

Keith J. Varadi (b.1985, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania) graduated with an MFA from Virginia Commonwealth University in 2011 and a BFA from Rutgers University in 2008. His work spans the mediums of painting, photography, sculpture, music, video, poetry, prose, criticism, and curating. Recent and forthcoming exhibitions include Et al., San Francisco, CA; Night Gallery, Los Angeles, CA; Brand New Gallery, Milan, Italy; Retrospective, Hudson, NY; Smart Objects, Los Angeles, CA; The Journal Gallery, Brooklyn, NY. His writing has been included in such publications as Art in America, Kaleidoscope, and Prism of Reality, among others. He recently collaborated on a custom, limited edition 7″ record with Wesley Friedrich, which was released by Night Gallery. A book of his photography and poetry is forthcoming from Maga Books. Varadi currently lives and works in Los Angeles, USA.

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