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The devastating Haitian earthquake of Jan. 12, 2010—-which struck almost two years ago—-has inspired many artists. Last fall, Wyatt Gallery offered photographic meditations on life amid temporary housing in the exhibit “Tent Life: Haiti,” while the Watergate Gallery is currently showing Haitian paintings from a damaged arts venue in Port-au-Prince. At Studio Gallery, mixed-media artist Jenna Crowder and photographer Keith Lane have collaborated on “Reverb & Echo: A Haitian Landscape,” which pairs their work. In Lane’s show last fall—-“iwishyouwerehere,” an experiment in cellphone photography at Hillyer Art Space—-the limits of his technology sometimes overshadowed his inspiration. But that’s no problem in this new exhibit: Both the images in “Reverb & Echo” and those in an accompanying show of some of Lane’s unrelated photographic works offer first-rate printing and crystal-clear grain. He also displays a keen eye for form and color. In Haiti, Lane documented a quickly receding, out-of-focus row of lunches at a school (above); a lone, backlit figure trapped in a sea of darkness (below); a moody, lush mountainscape; and a large cross bedecked with flapping ribbons on a brilliantly sunny day. By contrast, Crowder’s works of gouache and gold leaf on fine paper are understated, each quietly echoing an aspect of Haitian architecture or culture. Taken as a whole, their works celebrate the life that remains in Haiti, not just the sorrow.
The exhibit is on view 1 to 7 p.m. Wednesday to Friday and 1 to 6 p.m. Saturday to Jan. 28 at Studio Gallery, 2108 R St. NW. (202) 232-8734.