City Paper is not for tourists
G Fine Art opens its season with a show by Maggie Michael, whose works are mostly on paper, vellum, and mylar. The pieces’ flexibility and portability were no doubt an asset for the artist, who completed most of them this summer in Romania while working on a mural for the U.S. Embassy in Bucharest. Often her work resembles the cluttered remains of an individual’s memory and experience: Abstract gestures overlap geometric shapes, typography, and ordinary objects like chains and burlap. The works on mylar in the gallery’s front half are most intriguing: In a tribute to El Lissitzky (in title, at least)—a master of layering imagery in Soviet Russia’s pre-World War II analog days—Michael gets twice the overlap bang for her buck, stacking sheets of mylar between strips of tape, used both as a design element and a hanging device.
The exhibition is on view noon to 6 p.m. Wednesdays to Saturdays to Oct. 15 at G Fine Art, 1350 Florida Ave. NE. Free. (202) 462-1601.