NYU Black Renaissance Noire Volume 18 Issue 1 - Winter 2018 - Page 118

visual arts

Mildred Howard

Assegnazione con De Seingalt , I - XII 2017
Mildred Howard ’ s 2017 chine collé print series , Assegnazione con De Seingalt , the artist appropriates lithograph illustrations from an 18th-century edition of Casanova ’ s journals ; in the context of the recent public reckoning with sexual behavior by powerful men , the Casanova legend becomes a fascinating cipher for the myth of irresistible male sexuality .
Howard entangles this imagery with layers of vegetal and floral motifs , suggesting naturally occurring cycles of attraction and reproduction and highlighting in turn the artifice of our libidinal exploits here in the human world . Stylistically , Seingalt suggests a historical link between Surrealist collage pioneer Max Ernst and the medium ’ s contemporary vanguards : Howard tips a hat to the elegant , mysterious combinations of Ernst ’ s collages ; she uses this understated and classic style to generate a mood reminiscent of the fiercely political nightmare fables of a younger generation of African-American collage artists . Using a timeless technique to deliver a penetrating subtext , Howard ’ s seductive compositions are hauntingly relevant to the current news cycle . — Nick Stone m
Assegnazione con De Seingalt I , 2017 Found antique engravings , digital images , maps , various papers , lithography , chine collé , 20.75 ” by 17 ” published at sharks ink , lyons , co l
Assegnazione con De Seingalt II , 2017 Found antique engravings , digital images , maps , various papers , lithography , chine collé , 20.75 ” by 17 ” published at sharks ink , lyons , co
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