The name Vickie Fruehauf has chosen for her current photographic exhibition—-“American Artifacts”—-is generous. For the most part, her photographs depict cast-off junk and old structures, though her technique—-inky black-and-white images made with a cheap-chic Holga camera and printed on lovely textured paper—-elevates her humble subject matter, stylistically invoking the works of Emmet Gowin or Sally Mann. Fruehauf, who teaches at Georgetown University, has an eye for interesting material —-a retreating row of stripped highway billboards, a run-down motel with surprisingly jaunty architectural angles, a former Texaco sign that is now just an outline. But her finest, and most weighty, image is of a discarded old television amid a field of brambles. Its screen faces skyward, seemingly pleading for the assistance of an opaque higher power.
Through Dec. 11 at the Lucille and Richard Spagnuolo Gallery, 1221 36th St NW, Washington, D.C. (202) 687-9206. Open Tues-Sat 12-5, Sun 11-4.