In Sophont, the newest volume in Desirée Holman’s ongoing exploration, she is interested in everything spacey, including astrology, aliens, auras, harmonic convergence, mysticism, occultism, animal magnetism and a myriad of other spiritual pseudo-sciences. She is obsessed with the leaps of faith we choose and refuse to make everyday. In this new body of work, Holman explores the iconography and aesthetics associated with these realms, treating fringe fantasies as if they were fact. The sensuous works, which consist of gouache and airbrush paint on paper, seem to float above the page. Art historically, they channel Francesco Goya’s monstrous Saturn, Mark Rothko’s mystical color fields and Vija Celmins’s starscapes. Holman moves swiftly and easily between figure and abstraction, terrestrial and extraterrestrial, new and old ages.