"Ryan Hill: SuperFacial" at Civilian Art Projects Through June 19

A pun about being shallow has, for artist Ryan Hill, a meaning deeper than a Cover Girl’s pores. His latest show of drawings and collage, “SuperFacial,” can’t claim that title without taking a jab at Hollywood, the fashion and advertising industries, and our culture of oversaturation. But then there’s the literal way to interpret Hill’s show, taking the roots of the compound word: stuff on top of people’s faces. More specifically, peaches and walnuts, sea kelp, honey comb, cucumber, and lava, all ingredients in various treatments that Hill dredged up from companies that traffic in convincing consumers to buy things they don’t really need. These 10 smiling faces, with the ingredients of their treatment over their eyes, face down a wall of pop culture ephemera in an aspirational way—as if to indicate that once their skin has been purified by passion flower and crystal, they too can join the Olsen Twins on the other side of the room.

THE EXHIBITION IS ON VIEW 1 TO 6 P.M. WEDNESDAYS AND SATURDAYS AND 4 to 8 P.M. FRIDAYS TO JUNE 19 AT CIVILIAN ART PROJECTS, 1019 7TH ST. NW. FREE. (202) 607-3804.

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