Like Robert Frost’s two roads diverged, there are two instinctual reactions to the photographs in Terri Weifenbach’s “Woods”: serenity and fear. Weifenbach, whose 28 photos have inaugurated the new Civilian Arts Projects space, wants us to feel a little of both—but along with whichever sentiment she stirs in a viewer, one will certainly feel disoriented. Weifenbach deliberately leaves parts of the photograph out of focus, a trick that leaves the viewer constantly searching deeper into the trees, like a lost camper. The photos were taken in a wooded park in Wheaton, but Weifenbach may as well have taken them off of the Appalachian Trail. They’re soothing and disquieting, reminding us that sometimes we turn to nature to get away from it all, and sometimes, we just get away.
THE EXHIBITION IS ON VIEW 1 P.M.–6 P.M. WEDNESDAYS AND SATURDAYS AND 5 P.M.–8 P.M. FRIDAYS TO DEC. 19 AT CIVILIAN ART PROJECTS, 1019 7TH ST. NW. FREE. (202) 607-3804