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For visual artist Juan Tejedor, real-world topography is a starting point, but not a destination. In a small but wide-ranging exhibit at Flashpoint, the Washington-based Tejedor offers intricate paintings and mixed-media works with inspirations that range from satellite images to transportation maps to the stars. In “Pangea as It Exists Today,” Tejedor pieces Africa and South America back together, flips them so they’re unrecognizable and shades the areas based on how much human development has occurred. In one work, Tejedor draws dentritic forms on a wall in graphite, based on the flight patterns of bird species in the Pacific, and in another (pictured), he abstracts the grids, diagonals and organic shapes of bus routes in D.C. and Alexandria, Va. But the most compelling works are two that use little balls of putty attached irregularly to rows of filaments. The fragile works are based on the night sky, but they equally suggest birds perched on utility wires at sunset.
Through March 26 at Flashpoint, 916 G St NW, Washington, D.C. (202) 315-1306. Tue-Sat, 12-6 pm.