Laura Berman at LongView Gallery Sunday, July 27

If you take a quick pass by Laura Berman’s colorful layered works currently on display at LongView Gallery, you might mistake them for tissue paper collages from an elementary school art class, albeit with more exact layering and fewer globs of glue. But on closer inspection, you’ll see that they’re monoprints, not collages, and they’re inspired by the stark landscapes of Kansas, not the local schoolyard. Berman’s use of bright colors that are mostly alien to flat prairies comes from her artistic roots in the ’70s, she notes, and they give her prints a jolt of disco energy. Even darker tinted works like “Coronae 6” (shown) come alive with flashes of blue and orange. Berman’s prints are just abstract enough to allow your mind to wander, perfect for an afternoon exploring new landscapes on your own. The exhibition is on view Wednesdays to Saturdays 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Sundays noon to 5 p.m. at LongView Gallery, 1234 9th St. NW. Free. (202) 232-4788. longviewgallerydc.com.

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