City Paper is not for tourists
If you dropped by Hillyer Art Space this week, you’d have your pick of three shows to see. But the standout is the work by D.C.-based photographer Leah Appel. Her color prints of landscapes and architecture may be traditional, but they’re still unique: In one image, a hang glider hovering over lightly traced dunes looks as small and delicate as a fly; another captures a weathered barn painted in a thoroughly unexpected shade of green. Two of Appel’s images are particularly notable. One documents a rack of ping-pong paddles in an arrangement whose airy, tropical color scheme belies the fact that the photograph was taken in Capon, W. Va.; the other is an abstraction of passersby reflected in Chicago’s highly polished “Cloud Gate” sculpture, which in Appel’s rendering becomes a strikingly phantasmagoric vision.
The shows are on view noon to 5 p.m. Mondays and Saturdays and noon to 6 p.m. Tuesdays to Fridays to Dec. 1 at Hillyer Art Space, 9 Hillyer Court NW. (202) 338-0680. artsandartists.org.