ARTIST:

Jason Brinkerhoff

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Jason Brinkerhoff
Untitled, 2011
Graphite, coloured pencil, wax pastel, and collage on paper
26.4 x 20.3 cm

Jason Brinkerhoff describes his work as “constrained by a single form – the female.” Anyone with any familiarity with the history of western art will recognise this ‘constraint’ as an engagement with western art history itself, given its inexhaustible fascination with the female nude. Brinkerhoff ’s women seem aware of this too: composed of allusions and nods to art historical forebears, they create a kind of warped taxonomy of female representation. De Kooning’s slithering women collide with Klimt’s demure nymphs; Picasso’s deconstructed physiognomies with Toulouse-Lautrec’s spiky bohemians.

Jason Brinkerhoff
Untitled, 2011
Graphite, coloured pencil and wax pastel on paper
25.4 x 17.8 cm

These are nudes not as scientifically observed subjects, as in a life-drawing class, but as receptacles for art-historical memory, that might imply a sort of exhaustion, a sense that the nude itself has nothing more to tell us. On the other hand, Brinkerhoff ’s works are charged with an excitement in making, and an involvement with materials, that gives his works a sense of perpetual freshness. His drawings’ dynamic motions – the swooping lines of charcoal and fuzzy clouds of colour – are used not to describe but to celebrate the immediacy of the drawn mark. And when, as in Familiar Faces, his works combine a variety of approaches (loopy graphite, scribbled pen, fat and dark wax pastel), Brinkerhoff ’s works transcend their obvious allusions – those familiar faces – and become giddily present and alive.

Jason Brinkerhoff
Untitled, 2011
Graphite, coloured pencil and wax pastel and collage on paper
22.2 x 20.3 cm

Jason Brinkerhoff
Untitled, 2011
Graphite, coloured pencil and wax pastel on paper
25.4 x 19.7 cm

Jason Brinkerhoff
Untitled, 2011
Graphite, coloured pencil, wax pastel and collage on paper
24.5 x 17.2 cm

Jason Brinkerhoff
Untitled, 2011
Graphite, coloured pencil, wax pastel and collage on paper
27.3 x 20.3cm

Jason Brinkerhoff
Untitled, 2011
Graphite and coloured pencil on paper
22.9 x 17.2 cm

Jason Brinkerhoff
Untitled, 2011
Graphite, coloured pencil, pen and wax pastel on paper
24.45 x 18.42 cm

Jason Brinkerhoff
Untitled, 2011
Graphite and pencil on paper
21 x 14.6 cm

Jason Brinkerhoff
Summer Knows Best, 2011
Graphite, pencil and wax pastel on paper
22.9 x 17. 2 cm

Jason Brinkerhoff
Untitled, 2011
Graphite and pencil on paper
30.2 x 22.9 cm

Jason Brinkerhoff
Venus, 2011
Graphite,coloured pencil, pen and wax pastel on paper
24.1 x 21.6 cm

Jason Brinkerhoff
Untitled, 2011
Graphite, pen and coloured pencil on paper
21.3 x 27.9 cm

Jason Brinkerhoff
Untitled, 2011
Graphite,coloured pencil,wax pastel and collage on paper
28.9 x 21.6 cm

Jason Brinkerhoff
Untitled, 2011
Graphite, coloured pencil, spray paint, wax pastel and collage on paper
26.4 x 18.1 cm

Jason Brinkerhoff
Untitled, 2011
Graphite, pen and coloured pencil on paper
21.3 x 27.9 cm

Jason Brinkerhoff
Untitled, 2011
Graphite, pen and coloured pencil on paper
21.3 x 27.9 cm

Jason Brinkerhoff
Familiar Faces, 2011
Graphite, coloured pencil, pen, wax pastel and collage on paper
20.3 x 14 cm

Jason Brinkerhoff
Guardians I, 2011
Graphite, coloured pencil, pen, wax crayon, ink and collage on paper
25.4 x 33.02 cm

Text by Ben Street
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