Arts Desk

Reviewed: Susan Eder/Craig Dennis and Jae Ko at Marsha Mateyka Gallery

Susan Eder and Craig Dennis have produced a number of impressive conceptual artworks, primarily using photography. They have photographed popcorn, bread, and cut bananas in a search for accidental, human-like features, and they have taken images of clouds that looked like numbers or letters and stitched them together in interesting ways. Methodologically, their new project sounds promising—the collaborators wrote two opposite words in colored ink, then folded the paper together to create an inkblot. But while the colors are pleasant enough—magenta, gold, cream, rust—the final scanned and enlarged Rorschach tests fail to reach the high bar of intellectual stimulation displayed in their previous work. Also on view at the gallery: New, rolled paper sculptural works by Jae Ko—including pieces that alternately suggest vertebrae and a time-lapse photograph of a wobbling plate—coinciding with a fuller exhibition of Ko’s work at the Phillips Collection nearby.

Through Dec. 8 (Eder/Dennis) and Nov. 27 (Ko) at Marsha Mateyka Gallery, 2012 R Street NW, Washington, D.C. (202) 328-0088. Wed-Sat 11:00 to 5:00 pm or by appointment.

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