Arts Desk

Openings: Contractions, “Grid, Sequence Me”

After a holiday hiatus, the first weekend of 2013 brings quite a few buzzy openings.

Opening Saturday at Flashpoint Gallery, Grid, Sequence Me turns the gallery into an animation installation by artists Joelle Dietrick and Owen Mundy. It combines images of cross-sectioned buildings with small pieces of D. C. architecture, with phrases gleaned from housing websites interspersed throughout, so visitors can fully immerse themselves in the exhibition. On view noon to 6 p.m. Tuesdays–Sundays at Flashpoint Gallery, 916 G St. NW. An opening reception takes place Saturday from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Studio Theatre's 2nd Stage raises the curtain on their production of Mike Bartlett's Contractions, a dark one-act about how far a woman will go to keep her job when her boss suspects she's in breach of contract. The workplace satire features Helen Hayes Award winner Holly Twyford as the boss, and while it might remind you of a day at the office, it's bound to be more entertaining. Runs to Jan. 27 at Studio Theatre, 1501 14th St. NW. $30-$35.

Also opening on Saturday is Individuation, Davis McLane Connelly's new exhibit at The Fridge. Connelly's drawings challenge convention, and his new drawings of youthful objects in lifelike but unrealistic settings are no different. Think puppies in hats or two Elmos relaxing in the bathtub. It's adorably weird. On view noon to 8 p.m. Thursdays–Saturdays and 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. Sundays at The Fridge Gallery, 516 1/2 8th St. SE. An opening reception takes place Saturday from 7 p.m. to 1 p.m. and Connelly will speak about the exhibit  on Sunday from 2 p.m. to 3 p.m.

Top: Joelle Dietrick and Owen Mundy, Grid, Sequence Me, courtesy Flashpoint Gallery and Joelle Dietrick and Owen Mundy

Left: Davis McLane Connelly, Milk and Honey, courtesy Fridge Gallery and Davis McLane Connelly


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