Alex Virji considers his paintings, small oval-shaped works on linen canvas, to be “portraits of his decision making” and the act of creating them akin to archaeology. Indeed, their worn surfaces resemble visual records of time's passage. Virji draws from inspirations equally antiquated and futuristic. His application of paint ranges from effluvial brushstrokes that flirt with disappearance to stark series of angled lines, reflecting the influence of French Rococo painting and science fiction utopias, respectively. In Future Garden (2010), delicate pink flowers form the edge of a barely visible bloom, while opaque spheres connected by straight lines suggest molecular structures. In this way, his compositions appear as excavations from both the past and the future.