There’s still time to nominate local icons for Best of D.C.
Just in time for D.C.’s summertime tourist influx comes “Travelogue,” an exhibition of “artworks inspired by either personal explorations around the globe or the idea of travel in general.” The adherence of the four participating artists’ bodies of work to this theme is sometimes tenuous, but some pieces are inspired. Elsie Hull’s conceit–documenting 10 years of her family’s vacations in Cancun–sounds as boring as sitting through a vacation slide show, but the series is rescued by the visual defects produced by her primitive Holga camera and her offbeat images, including a man who seemingly has a flag for a head. Polly Townsend paints Himalayan mountain ranges from memory, which gets a bit monotonous except when she slips in an ominous convoy of military trucks. (The painting is set in disputed Kashmir.) Ruth Pettus offers a collection of shoes that would horrify the Sex and the City gals–footwear that looks like it’s from Joseph Beuys’ closet, seemingly decaying, even putrefying. Most understatedly impressive are the mixed-media works of Foon Sham, which elevate bits of cast-off wood, yarn, and old phone books he found in Scotland by extrapolating, through pencil drawings, what the rest of the object would look like if it were complete. Travel might be the least important component of these works, but as a rumination, they’re delightful.
THE EXHIBITION IS ON VIEW 8 A.M. TO 6 P.M. MONDAY TO FRIDAY AT CARROLL SQUARE GALLERY, 975 F ST. NW. FREE. (202) 624-8643.