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TO JULY 29
When I first heard about Haegeen Kim’s toilet paper sculptures, I incorrectly assumed that the 20-something Corcoran School of Art graduate had turned Dupont Circle’s Troyer Gallery into a Moebius strip-laden replica of a suburban lawn on the morning of Nov. 1. I was mistaken, but her work is intriguing nonetheless. (XXX XXX XXX is pictured.) In some pieces, Kim fills up the hollow centers of mongo-sized public-bathroom rolls with hand-squashed rolls of paper towels. (Observant viewers will notice subtle textural differences between the towels that have merely been squished in situ and those that have been rerolled.) In another piece, Kim shoehorns toilet paper into the vacant knots of a bleached wood plank—a concise from-whence-it-came visual pun. Four other women contribute to Troyer’s “Summer Show.” Nan Montgomery, the only veteran in the mostly newcomer crop, offers smoothly painted landscapes encased within geometrical shapes—O’Keeffe meets op art, you might say. Elizabeth Roberts paints semiabstract images that hover stylistically somewhere between Klee and Chagall. Briah Uhl contributes a series of 36 square watercolors of geishas in an admirable diversity of moods. And Cindy Tower paints outdoor landscapes on semitranslucent fabrics that provide an odd sense of depth. Tower’s most notable work, Central Park Cherry Path, was painted on a former discotheque curtain; appropriately, the throbbing, pinkish treescape looks as if it were created on ludes. “Summer Show” is on view from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday to Saturday, to Saturday, July 29, at the Troyer Gallery, 1710 Connecticut Ave. NW. Free. (202) 328-7189. (Louis Jacobson)