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to dec. 23
“Dynamic Field”—the premier exhibit by Civilian Art Projects—should be required viewing for urban planners and social geographers: The group show examines people in the context of their environments. Jason Falchook, formerly a standout at Fusebox, contributes photographs of the urban environment that show off his deft handling of color, and a small selection of Ken Ashton’s photographs document scenes of urban blight in Harlem, Philly, and D.C. Straightforward photography dominates the show, though some artists take a more indirect approach: Jason Zimmerman’s excellent low-fi film Spotting chronicles a nighttime expedition into the Pennsylvania hunting grounds near the artist’s family’s home. The film tracks deer as they range into and out of the camera’s narrow beam of illumination; bright medallions of light (reflected in the animals’ eyes) hover and zip, leaving eerie traces that recall Bruce Nauman’s Mapping the Studio. Psychic and social tension in the film come courtesy of the Blair Witch–esque whispered commentary and genuine suspense (you’re sure a deer’s gonna buy it). For Red-Roofed Bungalow, Lily Cox-Richard paints depictions of computer desktop images onto screens that form the translucent walls of a makeshift shelter. The cheeky screens are painted only on the interior side, so you can only see the paintings on the walls farthest from you. Circling the installation causes images to appear and fade on the screens, which are illuminated by the glow of electric candelabras. The glow is warm, the sense of hearth is evident, and the comfort seems real, though the source is fleeting and ephemeral: screenshots of Evite and Gmail, the stuff with which urban tribes build communities. The exhibition is on view 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Saturday, and noon to 5 p.m. Sunday, to Saturday, Dec. 23, at the Warehouse Arts Complex, 1017–1021 7th St. NW. Free. (202) 783-3933. (Kriston Capps)