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Trends in sculpture come and go in big waves, while painting is declared dead, then resurrected, then killed off again. But trends in illustration shift less visibly. D.C. artist Dana Jeri Maier doesn’t concern herself with the tendencies driving illustration today. Her sketches bear none of the trappings of the Lowbrow movement, which includes painter Mark Ryden and several thousand copycats. Neither is Maier’s stuff the acid-fueled work of RISD grads that’s found on garage-rock samplers. And yet it isn’t pristine, like the refined and dull computer-assisted drawings that grace posters for hobo-rock bands like Mumford & Sons. Maier’s work is distinctly urban—it’s a sketching practice based primarily from people-watching that involves dense but fine drawing with ink. Maier isn’t making any bold claims with “If We Could All Agree Not to Care, We Wouldn’t Have to Do This,” her solo show at Flashpoint Gallery. But then, when it comes to illustration, compulsion and persistence are their own rewards.
The exhibit is on view Tuesdays to Saturdays noon to 6 p.m. to Sept. 14 at Flashpoint Gallery, 916 G St. NW. Free. (202) 315-1305. culturaldc.org