Claire Bouleau’s photographs re-create the emotional impact of street art without the mess of rattle cans or the threat of a cleaning crew whitewashing the display. “Photo Graffiti” features beautiful and romantic images transposed over photographs of a dreary and mundane urban landscape. Bouleau’s Parisian-infused sentimentalism, corny on its own, makes a great mate for wintry bleakness (see: two lovers swapping spit on the side of a nondescript apartment building). Where the average pedestrian spies a slumlord’s cash cow, Bouleau conjures up a late-night tryst. In this way, says Zone Zero curator and fellow Francophone Jean-Louis Atlan, Bouleau’s photographs “reinterpret the mundane as something sublime.” With spring forever a week away, who in D.C. couldn’t use a little reimagining?
THE EXHIBIT IS ON DISPLAY MON.-FRI., 10 A.M.-5 P.M., to APRIL 30 AT ZONE ZERO, 1000 WISCONSIN AVE. NW. FREE. (202) 333-4450.