John Brown’s dreamlike photographic assemblages document an arbor of vines in Southern California, season by season. Arranged in grids of five, six, or nine meticulously mounted prints, Brown’s large-scale works suggest the view seen when looking through a multipaned glass window. Inevitably, though, some seasons are more interesting than others. Winter is dreary, with naked branches slicing a cloudy sky. Summer, on the other hand, is lovely, with the same branches adorned with surprisingly detailed, translucent purple leaves. The big disappointment is our own newly arrived season, spring, which isn’t sprightly at all but rather bleak—and virtually indistinguishable from winter. The small exhibition also includes a selection of small, black-and-white botanical images.
THE EXHIBITION IS ON VIEW NOON TO 6 P.M. TUESDAY TO FRIDAY AND NOON TO 5 P.M. SATURDAY TO APRIL 30 AT CROSS MACKENZIE CERAMIC ARTS, 1050 31ST ST. NW. FREE. (202) 333-7970.