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TO SEPT. 30
Kerry McAleer-Keeler and Darryl Dardenne, the two artists now exhibiting at the Foundry Gallery, produce works that have little in common except for visual vocabularies so deeply personal that their meanings are almost inscrutable. Many of McAleer-Keeler’s works are collages and assemblages held together, in an almost quiltlike format, through the use of shiny, metallic wires. If the artist’s sewing materials seem mechanical, her muted woodblock, monotype, and cyanotype prints soften the effect substantially. McAleer-Keeler’s larger works are intricate (featuring such items as scraps of Bible verses), but her smaller pieces, including Whole I, are actually more pleasing, because of their simplicity. Dardenne’s style, for his part, is less settled than McAleer-Keeler’s (Avenging Angel is pictured). “Work Series 2Psychoatomidelica” is a collection of fractallike inkjet prints; Comet is a wide, Southwestern-themed dreamscape; several other paintings toy with abstract forms that bear a resemblance to biological forms, such as intestines and earthworms. Dardenne’s most impressive works, however, are his square, enameled abstractions with distinctive copper-colored backgrounds decorated by expressive drips and wisps of white paint. All very interesting to look at; just don’t think too hard about what it all means. On view from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., Tuesday to Saturday, and from 1 to 5 p.m. Sunday to Sunday, Sept. 30, at Foundry Gallery, 9 Hillyer Court NW. Free. (202) 387-0203. Please call ahead to verify that this exhibit will be open. (Louis Jacobson)