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Thanks to Transformer’s exhibition, “Comfort Potential,” the most inviting addition to the 1400 block of P Street NW isn’t the condo building going up on the corner but rather Gabriel Martinez’s small bus-shelter bench, constructed from discarded scraps of wood. It’s not much to look at, but riders seem to appreciate it: After its installation, an anonymous soul even spruced it up with red paint, an act of kindness that acknowledges its value. Less practically—and somewhat ridiculously—Sara Dierck provides palliative care to the pay phone outside the gallery by swaddling its hard plastic handset in a soft knit “cozy.” Her deadpan takes on safety-equipment-catalog photos, however, offer a provocative mix of playful innocence and post-9/11 paranoia: A pair of hands in rubber gloves fills an envelope with a white powder—is it anthrax? No, it’s Domino confectioner’s sugar. Vincent Lamouroux’s 11-mile ride along an abandoned monorail track in France in a self-designed “pentacycle” is both a personal endurance test as well as a community-improvement project. The exhibition is on view from 1 p.m. to 7 p.m. (see City List for other dates) at Transformer, 1404 P St. NW. Free. (202) 483-1102. (Alexander M. Belenky)