Adam Lister, a painter, sculptor, installation artist and gallerist from Fairfax, has produced some inspired work, particularly a series in which he riffs on immediately recognizable paintings by Da Vinci, Vermeer, and other giants by painting them as if they had been sucked into a Wreck-It Ralph pixelated vortex. Lister’s exhibition of recent works at the Heurich Gallery—acrylic paintings inspired by “systems and transportation networks” as well as the geometry of everyday life—falls short of those heights. Lister is technically accomplished; the borders of his brushstrokes are impressively taut, especially on such large canvases as the 36-by-80-inch “Quiet Hazard,” and some paintings conjure a ’60s op-art feel that has recently come back into a sort-of vogue. Still, if you want a feel for art inspired by transportation systems, check out the original, which remains fresh to this day—Piet Mondrian’s 1940s evocation of Manhattan’s pulsating grid, “Broadway Boogie Woogie.”
The exhibit is on view Mondays to Fridays 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Saturdays 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. to Sept. 4 at Heurich Gallery, 505 9th St. NW. Free. (202) 223-1626.