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Gordana Geršković at Foundry Gallery
In her photographs, Gordana Geršković eschews context, elevating pure texture and color. In her third D.C.-area exhibit since 2019, Geršković continues her signature approach—discovering appealing, and sometimes eccentric, tableaux during urban walks and nature hikes, then photographing them in extreme close-ups—without re-mounting any of her earlier works. Her eye remains impressive, tuning out her surroundings to spot a curious baseball-stitch pattern on a layer of reflective gold; a series of horizontal streaks of pink, red, and white that suggest the edges of stacked magazines or catalogs; pink leaves hovering behind a foggy, translucent layer; and a mold-like expanse of white, black, and gold. One image features a bold combination of red and white that suggests the Polish flag, while two images include reversed, tricolor arrangements of aquatic blue, red, and white. A new wrinkle in Geršković’s current exhibit is the pairing of her images with poems by seven largely D.C.-area writers: Fran Abrams, Duncan Cleary, Luther Jett, Serena Agusto-Cox, Gregory Luce, Gabriel Pech, and Ann Quinn. In one image, a blotchy surface of tropical blue and orange is interrupted by cracks in the upper left corner; the poem references cracks on a subject’s face. Other times, the poems’ links to the images are more metaphorical. One depicts a spotty blue-beige surface that the poem links to the phrase “starry night,” effectively contrasting, and uniting, a corporeal surface with the ethereal heavens. Through May 1 at Foundry Gallery, 2118 8th St. NW. foundrygallery.org. Free.