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Suburbia belongs near the top of the list of bugaboos in contemporary art. Across genres, gated communities and the dimpled families they shelter have endured as a cherished bête noire for decades. Space-Domestic, a group show curated by Jiha Moon, purports to be an artistic examination of space, but the works on display support more mundane themes associated with the ’burbs. Through paintings and collages, Lily Cox-Richard examines the practice of scrapbooking—a phenomenon that has little to do with community subdivisions but says a great deal about the manias of their inhabitants. In Warren Craghead’s drawings of domestic scenes common to every exit off I-66, familiar subjects seem alien. And, although Gianna Commito’s comely acrylic abstractions accurately imitate wood-parquet paneling, their forms are entirely too predictable; new works by Isabel Maria Manalo are, unfortunately, even less impressive in this regard. There’s no irony lost in the fact that the exhibition is nestled deep in suburban NoVA, on view from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday through Friday and 1 to 5 p.m. Saturday, to Saturday, July 29, at the McLean Project for the Arts’ Emerson and Atrium Galleries, 1234 Ingleside Ave., McLean. Free. (703) 790-1953. (Kriston Capps)

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