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TO OCT. 12
Though Terri Weifenbach makes photographs in vivid color and her husband, John Gossage, utilizes low-key black and white, the couple shares similar taste in subject matter: quiet landscapes captured in soft focus, to the point of deliberate blurriness. Their current collaboration—a stylishly self-published book, SNAKE EYES, and an exhibition by the same name at Addison/Ripley Fine Art—took them to Lana, Italy. As with many of their previous works, though, the exact location isn’t all that important; it’s more about the mood. Weifenbach’s images in “SNAKE EYES” largely continue her well-established style of photographing sun-dappled leaves and intertwined brambles, though her images in the exhibition also branch out into simpler, more elemental forms such as mountains, pathways, and rivers. Despite the similarity of many of Gossage’s images, some of his best photographs are the ones that diverge most drastically from hers: a close-up of a tree stump with a series of man-made crosses carved into it, a rock with an I-shaped piece of metal sticking out of it, a row of flowering trees rendered in myriad shades of gray. Inexplicably, the book sharply reduces the size of Gossage’s images (Snake Eyes 5 is pictured) to the point where they quite literally pale in comparison with Weifenbach’s. The exhibition, by contrast, displays their images at comparable sizes—a much more equitable approach that serves to diminish, though not eliminate, the ebullient, color-infused shadow that Weifenbach’s works cast. The images are on view from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesday to Saturday to Saturday, Oct. 12, at Addison/Ripley Fine Art, 1670 Wisconsin Ave. NW. Free. (202) 338-5180. (Louis Jacobson)