Ironically enough given its title, the value of the exhibit “Isolation” actually resides in the interconnectedness of its works. Many of the artists in the Carroll Square Gallery exhibit are familiar from past shows at Hemphill Fine Arts, which helped mount it; they include Mingering Mike and his album covers, Max Hirshfeld and his street portraits, and Tanya Marcuse and her understated photographs of trees. But it’s hard not to notice the stylistic links between, say, the overwhelming white space in Noelle Tan’s delicate, vaguely limned photographs; the void surrounding the hunched, crying man in a Sharon Sanderson silkscreen; the swath of gold leaf surrounding a smattering of pedestrians in Paul Vinet’s mixed-media works. Ultimately, the most visually striking works may be Rob Tarbell’s inky efforts at capturing smoke on paper, one of which ends up looking very much like a skull, and a pair of polished photographs by Jason Falchook, one of a corrugated-metal fence and the other of a semidetached house painted in a luscious, creamy yellow.
THE EXHIBIT IS ON VIEW 8 A.M. TO 6 P.M. MONDAY TO FRIDAY TO JUNE 4 AT CARROLL SQUARE GALLERY, 975 F ST. NW. FREE. (202) 624-8643.