Much of the photography in Sarah Alexander’s Foundry Gallery exhibit is devoted to capturing the Great American Automobile from the early- to mid-20th century, from the bold hues and curvaceous shapes of Detroit classics to the aggressively peeling paint of past-their-prime clunkers. But these images aren’t her most interesting (the apparently unironic title of one—Nostalgia—should be a tip-off). No, it’s her other two series that inspire greater intrigue. The more artful of the two contains images of bridges and overpasses taken from below, sometimes capturing swooping, almost Moorish forms and at other times a joyous hodgepodge of metallic angles. The other series, featuring animals presumably photographed on safari (or at least in a well-stocked animal park), displays nowhere near the same technical skill as the bridge images, but it compensates through an oddly compelling motif: All the images are of the animals’ rear ends. It’s hard to tell if the idea was accidental, but Alexander had the good sense to run with it.

THE EXHIBIT IS ON VIEW 1 TO 7 P.M MONDAY TO FRIDAY AND 12 TO 6 P.M. SATURDAY AND SUNDAY TO AUGUST 1 AT FOUNDRY GALLERY, 1314 18TH ST. NW. FREE. (202) 463-0203.

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