Expect neither artistic nor intellectual coherence from Irvine Contemporary’s annual exhibition of works by recent art college graduates. Some of the artists in “Introductions 6” embrace political themes while others shun them; some use intricate, dazzling color while others prefer understated black and white. Wafaa Yasin, Palestinian by birth, filmed her own performance piece in which she painstakingly cleans cast-off tiles typical of vintage Palestinian buildings. Claire Callagy produces 3-by-3 grids of abstract photographs that communicate a fractured, enigmatic perspective. Perhaps most intriguing is the work of Steven M. Cummings, who has collaborated with the Washington-based artist B.K. (“Art Man”) Adams in a series of staged performance photographs. Adams, who looks a little like Cornel West with a ?uestlove beard, is seen running through an artfully decrepit house, darting under a bridge support, and seated in a wicker chair that’s a dead ringer for the one Huey Newton once posed in—though Adams skips the gun and spear.
THE EXHIBITION IS ON VIEW 11 A.M. TO 6 P.M. TUESDAY TO SATURDAY UNTIL SEPT. 4 AT IRVINE CONTEMPORARY, 1412 14TH ST. NW. FREE. (202) 332-8767.