If the right angles and wall drawings suggest Sol LeWitt, Mayer is not averse to curves, or to making things that verge on functionality. “Untitled (Lattice),” a yellow-painted wooden grid with recessed panels, looks as though it really wants to be useful. “Untitled (Wishbone)” is modeled on a natural object and relies on sunlight to underline its spare shape with multiple and changing shadows. Balanced on both the floor and the wall, the bony black sculpture is concrete, yet it also suggests a pencil sketch that hasn’t quite separated from its 2-D beginnings.
on view through Thursday at Fine Art Gallery, George Mason University, 4400 University Dr., Fairfax; 703-993-8950; soa.gmu.edu/gallery.
“Reinvigorating” is a mild word for what Iva Gueorguieva does in her large works, which combine collage, drawing and painting with nearly a dozen printmaking techniques. Those were developed, of course, to make multiple copies of a single original. But “Reinvigorating Prints,” at George Washington University’s Luther W. Brady Gallery, features one-of-a-kind works. The L.A. artist’s pieces are not finished when pulled from the press; she adds scraps of paper or fabric and garnishes freely with ink, watercolor and oil and vinyl paint.
Working on a wall-filling scale associated more with painting than printmaking, Gueorguieva draws from several 20th-century styles, including cubism and abstract expressionism. Although there are hints of representation, most of the pictures are all-over compositions, with no central focus. Many feature exuberant colors and gestures, yet two are in shades of gray, with only glimmers of brighter hues. There’s also “Rolling Anvil,” whose principally white and gray shades are accented by swoops of bold red, cut and collaged into the whole. The limited palette is typical of printmaking, and quite effective. But this multi-strata work only begins to show Gueorguieva’s flair for layering diverse tones, images and processes.
on view through May 3 at George Washington University Luther W. Brady Gallery, 805 21st St. NW, second floor; 202-994-1525; www.gwu.edu/~bradyart/
Carol Ann Reed
Of the two artists whose work is on display at Rockville’s Glenview Mansion, Bess Gonglewski makes the bigger splash. Her “Stream of Fish” consists of 46 skeletal fishes, made of wire and hanging in an arc that stretches all the way across a second-floor porch. But Gonglewski’s smaller sculptures are no less minimal than Carol Ann Reed’s mixed-media prints and drawings, which are mostly monochromatic.