City Paper is not for tourists
The devastating Haitian earthquake of January 2010 inspired many artists: Last fall, Wyatt Gallery offered photographic meditations on life amid temporary housing in the exhibit “Tent Life: Haiti,” while the Watergate Gallery is now showing Haitian paintings from a damaged arts venue in Port-au-Prince. At Studio Gallery, mixed-media artist Jenna Crowder and photographer Keith Lane have collaborated on “Reverb & Echo: A Haitian Landscape.” In Lane’s show last fall—“iwishyouwerehere,” an experiment in mobile-phone photography at Hillyer Art Space—the limits of his technology sometimes overshadowed his inspiration. But that’s no problem in this new exhibit: The images in “Reverb & Echo” (and those in an accompanying show of Lane’s unrelated work) offer first-rate printing, crystal-clear grain, and his divine use of form and color. In Haiti, Lane documented a quickly receding, out-of-focus row of lunches at a school; a lone, backlit figure trapped in a sea of darkness; a moody, lush mountainscape; and a large cross bedecked with flapping ribbons on a brilliantly sunny day. By contrast, Crowder’s works of gouache and gold leaf on fine paper are understated, each quietly echoing an aspect of Haitian architecture or culture. Taken as a whole, their works celebrate the life, not just the sorrow, that remains in Haiti.
The exhibit is on view 1 p.m. to 7 p.m. Wednesdays to Fridays and 1 p.m. to 6 p.m. Saturdays to Jan. 28 at Studio Gallery, 2108 R St. NW. studiogallerydc.com. (202) 232-8734.