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The title of the four-artist show at Flashpoint—-“Old Fashioned New Media”—-pretty much says it all. Andy Holtin has constructed a pair of security cameras and mounted them on a wall facing each other; he then anthropomorphizes them by making them dance to Foreigner’s “I Want to Know What Love Is.” The other three artists are less cheeky. Christine Buckton Tillman offers an inspired premise—-using classroom overhead projectors to beam the shadows of found objects on the gallery’s walls—-but fails to harness the full effect by using mostly opaque items rather than translucent ones. Jamie O’Shea went into the wilderness to construct a telegraph using only materials that would have been available during the Stone Age (pictured); O’Shea’s effort seems needlessly complicated, but it’s undeniably cool to see a device made with such materials as wood and clay plugged into a USB port, successfully tapping out a stream of Morse code. Perhaps the most striking of the four artists is Chandi Kelley, who offers visitors a choice of six handheld photographic viewers. Her subject matter is mundane—-a fire hydrant, a waterfall-themed window display—-but these images are elevated by the artist’s use of breathtakingly convincing 3-D stereoscopy. Of all the old-fashioned media resurrected in this exhibit, none is more resonant than Kelley’s stereographs, a technique that dates from the mid-1800s yet which seems no less effective in our Avatar age.
The exhibit is on view noon to 6 p.m. Tuesday to Saturday to June 11 at Flashpoint, 916 G St. NW. Free. (202) 315-1305.