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A hardy site-specific installation such as Alex Gutierrez’s “Soft Sites” is rarely the way a gallery kicks off the art season. To begin its first complete year, however, Project 4 invited Gutierrez to drape Lycra over much of the gallery’s walls and ceilings. Lycra is known for its tensility—it was invented by Dupont as a more durable, synthetic rubber—and Gutierrez has exploited this quality to the fullest extent by tearing and stretching the material into long sinewy spiderwebs that criss-cross the space. However, the execution is ultimately polite: Whereas near the ceiling and in the open architectural space between floors, the installation is busy, in other spots—where viewers walk—Gutierrez is content to let the Lycra hug the walls. The exhibition is on view from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. Wednesday through Friday and noon to 6 p.m. Saturday, to Saturday, Sept. 30, at Project 4 Gallery, 903 U St. NW. Free. (202) 232-4340. (Kriston Capps)