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to aug. 5

G Fine Art’s current show, “Dream Home,” looks like an IKEA shopping spree for the military-industrial complex, thanks to the printed patterns of Fiona MacDonald. Crusade (B-1B), a large curtain, bisects the main gallery. It’s printed with colorful concentric rings—visual data representing uranium deposits in New Guinea. Over this is a grid of black silhouettes belonging to B-1B bombers; similar patterns adorn a nearby wall, a lampshade, and a rocking chair (pictured). MacDonald neatly equates cheaply mass-produced modern designs with the domination of Western military powers—too neatly, perhaps, since these pieces together seem a little formulaic and thin. More engaging is Trope, a lampshade MacDonald has motorized and turned into a zoetrope—a primitive movie. Peering through the shade’s fast-moving vertical slits, one sees a bird in flight, as well as cartoonish human faces—people displaced by Hurricane Katrina and appearing to mouth angry words. In the center of the crowd is an incongruous circle of Prada bags. Susan Norrie’s video, Twilight, contrasts nicely. Her camera languidly winds its way through a village of improvised-looking tents, offering glimpses of children sitting on tree stumps, sharpening sticks. Norrie documents aboriginal families protesting for land rights on the lawn of Australia’s Provisional Parliament House. In the distance, fountains glow in the waning sunlight; a video monitor near the tents shows looping images of mushroom clouds—alluding to the nuclear testing that, in the ’50s, drove their elders from the country’s interior. These protesters have turned their displacement into a powerful metaphor—more powerful, perhaps, than either bombs or furniture. The exhibition is on view from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday, to Saturday, Aug. 5, at G Fine Art, 1515 14th St. NW, Suite 200. Free. (202) 462-1601. (Jeffry Cudlin)