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Linn Meyers is an unlikely body artist. Her works, typically ink and colored pencil on Mylar, don’t resemble the human form; rather, they look like extraordinarily busy topographical maps or an ancient tree’s cross section. She draws her fine lines in patterns so dense the lines appear to run into one another. Skips, bends, and other tiny variations that Meyers’ hand inadvertently introduces as she tries to make close-set parallel lines are repeated; these effects accumulate to form stunning waves and distortions. Her works put her in the neighborhood of postminimalist artist Bruce Nauman; the translucent material, simple shapes, and bold colors of her pages—which are sometimes layered for the light effect—peg her as an heir of modernism. But she’s also tweaking old-master craftsmanship by stripping away everything from her drawings until only the meticulous mark is left. The exhibition opens Saturday, Nov. 3, and is on view from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday, to Saturday, Dec. 15, at G Fine Art, 1515 14th St. NW, suite 200. Free. (202) 462-1601.