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To May 27
If “Micro-Monumental” is any indication, Lewis Carroll ought to find an East Coast distributor for his Wonderland Shrinking Potions. A host of Atlantic-region artists answered the Washington Sculpture Group’s call for works no larger than a standard box of kitchen matches. The pieces are installed on shelves running along the walls of the Gallery at Flashpoint, giving the space the feel of a curio cabinet. A few artists focused on the matchbox challenge, going so far as to submit the works in matchboxes; in Teresa Camacho-Hull’s It Was a Dream Yesterday, a matchbox serves as the final resting place for a deceptively realistic cardboard bird skeleton. Some merely played by the rules, like Sohayla Vafai’s untitled piece (pictured). Amy Martin Wilber’s post-minimalist Dilate, however, playfully bends the rule: The piece is a stack of two small stainless-steel boxes, between which runs a long rubber tube that exceeds its tiny space and dips nearly to the floor. A show that adheres too closely to a criterion runs the risk of frivolity, and juror Kristen Hileman (an assistant curator at the Hirshhorn) smartly selected works that are merely small. Steven Davy’s Order replaces the expectant batter on a Little League trophy with a chrome security guard (the plaque on the base bears the work’s title in authoritative all-caps). All of the works are small, but two works are downright tiny: Amorphophallus and Cicada Nouveau, sculptures in which Helen Glazer combines clay with just a handful of cicada wings in elegant compositions. These smallest works live up to the “Micro-Monumental” billing: You won’t notice you’re scrunching down to look at them. The exhibition is on view from noon to 6 p.m. Tuesday through Sunday, and by appointment, to Saturday, May 27, at the Gallery at Flashpoint, 916 G St. NW. Free. (202) 315-1310. (Kriston Capps)