City Paper is not for tourists
In making “All Night Flight,” a series of several dozen pencil-on-paper drawings, Erick Jackson plumbed the imagery of his childhood, from cheesy TV tableaux to a basket of tortilla chips, incongruously shown with ketchup and mustard squeeze bottles. Jackson’s drawing style is uneven and is showcased most effectively in his Munch-like landscapes, which are dreamy, stylized, and boldly colored: a nuclear apocalypse in ochre hues; figures lingering in a verdant nocturne; and the Golden Gate Bridge in sickly green, set against an ominous, red-yellow sky. Also showing is Ken D. Ashton’s “The M Street Project,” which chronicles views along the D.C. thoroughfare. Most of the images are indifferently printed and familiar (the Exorcist steps, anonymous alleyways, and shuttered shop fronts) but a few are standouts: a jacket lying flat on the road surface suggesting the chalk outline of a crime victim, a thoroughly unexpected bucolic scene where M Street NE borders the National Arboretum.
THROUGH JUNE 6 AT CIVILIAN ART PROJECTS, 406 7TH ST NW. FREE. (202) 347-0022.