As is often the case with a Marsha Mateyka Gallery exhibit, its current group show, “Recent Work,” revels in visual complexity. D.C.-based Andrea Way offers bubbling amoebic forms, while Nancy Wolf mulls urban change in China with intricate drawings that meld traditional mountain forms with rising skyscrapers and teeming streets. Nathan Oliveira offers a heavily impastoed canvas of an anonymous, largely featureless man painted in the same shade of pink as de Kooning’s anonymous, largely featureless women. But for sheer wonderment, the standouts are D.C.-based sculptor Jae Ko and former D.C. artist Christopher French. Ko tweaks her noted rolled-paper sculptures by smoothing and dulling the outer surfaces with graphite powder, making a Mobius strip and a fusilli form look industrial rather than organic. French organizes pastel-hued dots on grids of Braille paper, carefully arranging sizes or colors in seeming randomness. It’s maddening you can’t touch it and satisfy your urge to finger the rubbery-surfaced, textured dots.
THE EXHIBITION IS ON VIEW 11 A.M. TO 5 P.M. WEDNESDAY TO SATURDAY TO FEB. 20 AT MARSHA MATEYKA GALLERY, 2012 R ST. NW. FREE. (202) 328-0088.