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TO JUNE 30
Richard Barrett and Pamela Soldwedel, a married couple who live in the Washington area, have a yin-and-yang artistic relationship. A photographer, Barrett is at his best capturing motion; a sculptor, Soldwedel is at her best capturing mass. Barrett’s finest images are fast-moving street scenes: the fluidity of a busy traffic circle in GO!—Stockholm; the dreamlike Night Drive—London, which captures a rainy, blurry streetscape from behind a windshield; and the monumental Picadilly—London, in which pedestrians provide scale for two lumbering double-decker buses behind them. Soldwedel, for her part, works in a striking variety of media: granite, limestone, marble, alabaster, aluminum, and bronze, among others. Many pieces seem to channel Isamu Noguchi’s smooth geometric abstractions. The granites are solid, though many have been split (some like burger buns, another like a sliced apple) in ways that suggest rupture but also the possibility of reattachment; by contrast, the gently curved alabasters are sometimes so thin that they verge on translucence. Both husband and wife falter, however, when they leave these comfort zones: Many of Barrett’s still subjects (boats, walls, water) are far less compelling in both detail and composition (Sun Triangle is pictured), and a few of Soldwedel’s pieces seem showy and overproduced—such as those with special lighting and, in one case, a circular, grooved piece of limestone that constantly spins. The dual show is on view from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Mondays through Saturdays, to Thursday, June 30, at the Parker Gallery, Mickelson’s Fine Art Framing, 629 New York Ave. NW. Free. (202) 628-1734. (Louis Jacobson)