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TO JULY 30
What does nothing look like? According to John Kirchner, it looks like 35 pages from corporate proxy reports. In a neat bit of absurdist conceptual art, the Virginia-based Kirchner has mounted in white frames and white mats a variety of pages bearing the statement “This page left intentionally blank”—a bit of mumbo-jumbo placed on corporate documents by overly paranoid lawyers. The reverse-side printing that seeps through the thin paper varies widely, and a few versions of this particular kind of nothing look different from the others—a larger point size, the use of brackets instead of parentheses, or a period at the end of the sentence. Kirchner’s other works at Conner Contemporary Art are equally enigmatic. He has taken two found paintings and draped (and in one case, pierced) them with fancy shirts. And he’s taken two photographs of ornate London structures, the Royal Academy of Arts and the Marble Arch, and digitally stripped them of all signs of life; the artist even swapped in a different sky. Ultimately, the obvious question is whether myriad absences add up to something. Alas, the works on the wall offer no answers. Also at Conner: Columns 2 (pictured), a work by light artist Leo Villareal that pays homage to the bare-florescent-bulb-and-exposed-wires aesthetic of early Dan Flavin, updating it with the use of LED technology, which allows portions of each tube to be lit with different colors at different times. The show is on view from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesdays through Saturdays, to Saturday, July 30, at Conner Contemporary Art, 1730 Connecticut Ave. NW. Free. (202) 588-8750.