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The current group show, “Tripping the Light Fantastic,” at Studio Gallery possesses everything you’d expect from a cooperative art gallery: some nice representational oil and watercolor works, some abstract efforts to make “that painting,” and plenty of mixed media works that range from drawings with acrylic and charcoal to light bulbs tacked to wood. Most of the work is academic, safe, and in some instances insipid. So, it should be noted when there are some stand-outs.
Gene Markowski‘s painted sculpture of wall board, “Transmigration,” recalls Ken Noland‘s hula-hoops after the wrecking ball. With the fragments pieced back together, the work maintains a charming rhythm. Iwan Bagus‘s large photograph, “Rubik sur-Face,” also has particular resonance. A bust of his face—-the pose suggests a license or passport—-is covered in different shades of paint across nine panels, speaking as much about ethnic identity as it does about the pop-cultural bonds between nations.
But it’s an exception. For the most part, this exhibit doesn’t trip the light fantastic so much as it simply trips.
THE EXHIBITION IS ON VIEW WEDNESDAY AND THURSDAY 1 TO 7 P.M., FRIDAY 1 TO 8 P.M., AND SATURDAY 1 TO 6 P.M. TO AUGUST 14 AT STUDIO GALLERY, 2108 R ST. N.W. FREE. (202) 232.8734