A similar anachronism applies to the graphic technique, where fragments derived from antique parchments bring to mind
illuminations, though the portraits have been printed on a transparent film, superimposed on a sheet of metallized paper, then framed by decorations scraped together from flea markets.
The darkest section of the large canvas contains images of an hourglass, a skull, and some sticks, objects that might pertain to a shaman, as well as a mysterious chart holding apotropaic ciphers and signs that bring to mind
archaic pictographic writings.
These references to previous avant-garde practices themselves bring to mind
the breakdown of borders among disciplines, thwarted social revolutions, and historical attempts to attain the ideal political condition--utopia.
Boom, 2001, is a scattering of circles within circles like decals that, on a sober surface, bring together several dozen tints (a wealth and variety that bring to mind
an acute and ancient attention to resource management--in this case, of that which remains at the bottom of the paint pot); Double margarita, 1991-99, is a candy pink monochrome left to dry upside down so that a sort of allover Braille studs the surface; mad NBCa, 1998, the reverse of the previous work, is covered with thousands of dimples, scooped out by a knife to reveal alternating black and white strata of paint.
Likewise, Dannielle Tegeder renders cross sections of postapocalyptic scenes of subterranean safe havens, employing a maze of fine lines and diminutive shapes that bring to mind
Peter Halley, Paolo Soleri, and Buckminster Fuller.
Schnitger's humble resources immediately bring to mind
the second-wave-feminist work produced by artists involved in Miriam Schapiro and Judy Chicago's 1972 "Womanhouse" exhibition in Los Angeles (where Schnitger, who hails from the Netherlands, is currently based).
Tuttofuoco stages a joyous, colorful, and ironic architecture, one that can bring to mind
innumerable places or none at all.
Maybe it's because his black-and-white text paintings referred so clearly to Jasper Johns's early work, but Glenn Ligon's brightly colored new paintings bring to mind
a notable episode in recent art history (one less universally admired than Johns's alphabets and therefore all the more interesting): the early-'8os collaborations between Andy Warhol and Jean-Michel Basquiat.
Varo's pinched spaces and spiky, elongated figures, as well as her emphasis on the vertical and attention to domestic details, bring to mind
fifteenth century Sienese painting, with its air of tender fables made strange and oddly expectant.
Armed with degrees in architecture and engineering, she turned her attention to sculpture in a series of radical experiments that bring to mind
the post-Minimalist work of Robert Morris and Eva Hesse.
If Akakce's fluid line and fertile imagination bring to mind
Inka Essenhigh's rubbery creatures, his output disturbs on a more cerebral level, while also betraying a kind of hothouse pleasure in both the decorative and the erotic.
These paintings bring to mind
the exuberance of Matisse's Harmony in Red, 1908, and resonate with some of the Symbolist effervescence of Odilon Redon's Roger and Angelica, 1910.
These works range from orientalist drawings in which the graffiti of whispered marks bring to mind
the foraging anxiety of a bird's feet in fresh snow to the supremely spare, all-over red canvas with a single vertical slit (Spatial Concept/Waiting, 1965).