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Karen Yasinsky’s latest work at G Fine Art, “I Choose Darkness,” borrows from Robert Bresson’s 1966 film Balthazar, about the relationship between a little girl and her donkey, and its religious allegories of fate, nobility, sin, and free will. In Bresson’s movie, the donkey is abused and powerless to escape its fate; the girl has free will, makes bad decisions, and suffers the consequences. Yasinsky’s take is made accessible through elegant line drawing and clay animations that recall the style of postwar cartoons. As the title of the exhibition suggests, Yasinsky sides with the female lead, and favors the consequences of free will. In other words: It’s better to suffer for self-determination than to have your ass kicked.
THE EXHIBITION IS ON VIEW 12 P.M. TO 6 P.M. WEDNESDAY TO SATURDAY THROUGH AUG. 7 AT G FINE ART, 1350 FLORIDA AVE. NE. FREE. (202) 462-1601.