Photographer Terri Weifenbach specializes in understated woodsy scenes; painter Trevor Young’s stark, moody oil works focus on heavy infrastructure. Though both are accomplished D.C. artists, they’re not the most obvious pairing; nonetheless, they are showing jointly at Civilian Art Projects. Weifenbach’s newest work continues her interest in the understated brambles just beyond the edge of the built environment. Her recent works, in a palette of green and beige, are less striking than the colorful and boldly out-of-focus images she produced about a decade ago. But, as in her past works, she has a knack for finding the right detail—fleeting splotches of light, a serpentine network of vines around a tree trunk, a circular void in the vegetation that reveals a distant blaze of autumnal leaves, and—especially—a tiny red bird framed in the center of a dull winter background. Meanwhile, Young’s blue-and-black paintings of jumbo jets—much larger than many of the works in his previous show at Civilian—display his trademark emptiness. “Depart,” an aerial landscape at dusk, is both undercut by a frustratingly unconvincing star-speckled sky and elevated by a dreamily effective portrayal of distant city lights, looking as romantic as a distant galaxy.
The exhibit is on view Wednesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays, 1 p.m. to 6 p.m., Civilian Art Projects, 1019 7th St. NW. Free.