Bring a toothbrush to Flashpoint. The cotton-candy colors and sugar-sweet imagery of Cory Oberndorfer’s “Flavor of the Month” may have you reaching for some cavity prevention. Oberndorfer’s subjects are the women of the D.C. Rollergirls, whose toughness he clearly admires. Though roller-derby girls are already a contrast within themselves—muscles and bruises alongside ponytails and fishnet stockings—Oberndorfer drives the point home further with imagery of sticky-sweet candy and ice cream adjacent to sherbet-colored derby girls. Like so many of his pop art predecessors, he culls imagery from advertising, mainly for indulgences like Dippin’ Dots, Tasti D-Lite, and Wonder Bread. The title of the show—“Flavor of the Month”—suggests that he doesn’t take things too seriously (a solo exhibition of his work last year was called “Novelty”). One print, “It’s Complicated,” featuring a derby girl at odds with an oversized gummy bear, would suggest that as well. Even so, the show is like a pailful of Halloween candy—fun in small doses, a sugar rush after you’ve consumed a few, but ill-advised as a meal.
“FLAVOR OF THE MONTH” IS ON VIEW FROM NOON TO 6 P.M. TUESDAY–SATURDAY, UNTIL FEB. 13 AT FLASHPOINT, 916 G ST., NW. FREE. 202-315-1305.