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.

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