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If they are to be believed, the Canadian duo Nicholas and Sheila Pye have packed a ton of interrelated themes into their new six-image series at Curator’s Office—-“the death of a relationship, vulnerability, denial, acceptance and release, with an ambiguous undercurrent of hopeful transformation and resurrection.” Maybe, maybe not, but the large color photographs mounted on aluminum do offer some intrigue that’s purely visual. In “Denial,” the couple stands, faces obscured, amid tall stalks, as Sheila drops a gush of moist dirt that coats her lace dress in intriguing, fast-moving patterns. And in “Amend,” Sheila jumps straight up into the air, tied by rope to Nicholas, who’s bound on the ground and holding a small boulder. How they captured Sheila’s leap—-suggestive of a Philippe Halsman portrait and taking place on a pink-skied seashore reminiscent of those captured by Rineke Dijkstra—-is a intriguing technical mystery, even more enigmatic than the works obscure’ titles. The exhibit coincides with the Phillips’ Collection’s exhibition of the couple’s three-channel video installation, “The Coronation.”
Through March 19 at Curator’s Office, 1515 14th Street NW, Suite 201. (202) 387-1008. Open Wed. to Sat., 12-6.