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Reviewed: Jason Falchook and Seth Adelsberger at Civilian Art Projects

The past decade of work by Jason Falchook—a Brooklyn-based photographer who trained at the Corcoran College of Art and Design—has been punctuated by somewhat disorienting compositions, often with a narrow field of focus and ground that seems to tilt at an angle away from the viewer. In Falchook's most recent exhibit, “Laying Tracks,” one can detect distinct echoes of this approach, albeit in a somewhat more minimalist fashion. Falchook gainfully plays with narrow slivers of light—a white “spear” of illumination on black asphalt, narrow vents that allow green and blue light to pierce a black wall, slash-like forms comprised of tiny, repeating representations of the sun. Falchook's fuzzy images of room interiors verge too close to familiar Uta Barth territory, and his image of a fluorescent light fixture is less compelling than such antecedents as William Eggleston’s incandescent fixture against a blood-red ceiling. But Falchook offers some bracing images of fluid spills on asphalt—a narrow one that somehow manages to suggest a lit match, and another with tendrils that seem to defy gravity as they drain away from the main pool. Also on view: Mixed-media works by Seth Adelsberger that toy with the boundaries of painting, most notably in a series of wooden frames lovingly painted with thick brushstrokes even as they surround a vast emptiness where an actual painting should be.

The exhibit is on view 1 to 6 p.m. Wednesday to Thursday and Saturday to to April 9 at Civilian Art Projects, 1019 7th St NW, second floor. Free. (202) 607-3804.

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