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In Echo Eggebrecht’s empty New York apartments, the wallpaper is patterned, the National Geographic magazines are spread out on the coffee table just so, and a warm glass of milk awaits you by the nightstand. Arranged diorama-style, the painter’s six works in Hamiltonian’s “Almost Surely, Almost Everywhere” put forth the comforting trappings of a grandparent’s home—they practically exude the scent of mothballs and potpourri. Though her paintings are folksy, she has an eye for humorous detail, like a room bearing the poster “You Don’t Have to be Jewish to Love Levy’s,” featuring an old man about to enjoy a deli sandwich. Yet in each scene, something seems slightly out of place—the strewn papers, the bare mattress—so you never feel quite at home. With works by Ken Fandell, Mike Iacovone, and Billy Friebele.
THE EXHIBITION IS ON VIEW TUESDAY–SATURDAY FROM NOON–6 P.M. TO SEPT. 12 AT HAMILTONIAN GALLERY, 1353 U ST. NW. FREE. (202) 332-1116.