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E. Brady Robinson isn’t the first artist to turn personal struggles into art, and she won’t be the last. Robinson, a Baltimore-based art and commercial photographer, is perhaps best known for her project Art Desks, a series that explores the desks of artists, art dealers, curators, and critics along the East Coast. In It’s Complicated, her new exhibition at Addison/Ripley Fine Art, Robinson uses her smartphone and other small digital cameras to document her post-divorce life, including a mix of photographs and raw text exchanges. Robinson’s images range from nightclub pics and boudoir shots to ethereal landscapes and closeups of often explicit graffiti, including one of a Disney character that can’t be unseen. One image of a mostly deserted train platform is as formalistic as it is emotionally wistful, much like the exhibition itself. “I am so unprepared to be single in my 40s,” Robinson says. “But post-divorce can be fun and is not the end of the world. I want other women to know this. I am happy. I choose happy.” Read more>>> The exhibition is on view to July 21 at Addison/Ripley Fine Art, 1670 Wisconsin Ave. NW. Free. (202) 338-5180. addisonripleyfineart.com. (Louis Jacobson)
OH AND ALSO
Francis and the Lights, the pop project of Francis Farewell Starlite, performs at 9:30 Club. 7 p.m. at 815 V St. NW. $25.
Bluegrass queen Alison Krauss performs with folk-rock star David Crosby at the Filene Center at Wolf Trap. 7:30 p.m. at 1551 Trap Road, Vienna. $40–$95.
MahoganyBooks at the Anacostia Arts Center, in conjunction with Duende District Bookstore, hosts a reading and discussion with lawyer and artist Monica Jahan Bose, author of Rising Up To Climate Change: Storytelling with Saris, an art book featuring writing, songs, and 95 images centered on her global climate change project. 6:30 p.m. at 1231 Good Hope Road SE. Free.
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