“Truckstop Northern California” part of Time's Shadow exhibit
“Truckstop Northern California” by Carolee Jakes, photo provided by Studio Gallery.

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Time’s Shadow

Like an expert sommelier, Studio Gallery has a knack for pairing the work of photographer Gary Anthes with that of another resonant artist. Currently, for its exhibit Time’s Shadow: Nothing Lasts, Nothing is Finished, Nothing is Perfect, the gallery is intermingling Anthes’ images with the works of Carolee Jakes, who makes hand-pulled screen prints with embedded, pigmented wax. The through line between the two artists is their off-kilter renderings of otherwise realistic scenarios, focusing on the object’s decay or by the use of aggressive artistic techniques. Some of Anthes’ photographs are traditional landscape depictions—such as the misty “Mouth of the Penobscot River, Maine” and the snowy “Rappahannock County, Va.,”—while others amount to still lifes. One features leaves and a bear’s paw print in Abiquiu, New Mexico.; another features detritus from an abandoned silk mill in Lonaconing, Maryland. But Anthes’ most striking images were made in two irredeemably decrepit places: Pennhurst State School and Hospital, originally known as the Eastern Pennsylvania Institution for the Feeble-Minded and Epileptic, and the Eastern State Penitentiary in Philadelphia. Jakes, meanwhile, documents seemingly humdrum scenes like the collection of rusted vehicles in “Memento Mori” and the drab “Truckstop Northern California,” harnessing a washed-out vibe that suggests archaic, 19th-century photographic techniques. Also on display are photographic and sculptural depictions of castoff automotive parts by Harriet Lesser; new paintings by Yuno Baswir; photographic-based mixed media works by Lisa Allen; and works using paint, textiles, and stitching by Eleanor Kotlarik Wang. The exhibition runs through July 17 at Studio Gallery D.C., 2108 R St. NW. Viewable in person and online at studiogallerydc.com. Free.