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At Area Galleries, Singularly Focused Groups
She's a choreographer of the obsolete, stacking battered chairs and pale-yellow telephones and scattering fluorescent tubes like pickup sticks.
Complete transformation is not her goal; all these things are easily identifiable. But she does find unexpected radiance in the industrial hues of coiled wires and battered brooms. Laviada's photographs offer a different definition of "useless" -- formerly useful things that are now outmoded -- only to find new use in their factory-made beauty.
The exhibit also includes Victor Cobo's sumptuously gritty images of San Francisco lowlifes, Lindsey McCracken's otherworldly views of the nexus between nature and man (and man's trash), and two approaches to female identity, by Sarah Wilner and Caitlin Phillips.
USELESS Through Sept. 8 at Project 4, 903 U St. NW. 202-232-4340.http:/
GIRL MACHINE Through Saturday at Honfleur Gallery, 1241 Good Hope Rd. SE. 202-889-5000.http:/
INTRODUCTIONS3 Through Sept. 8 at Irvine Contemporary, 1412 14th St NW. 202-332-8767.http:/
SUB-TEXT Through Sept. 8 at Randall Scott Gallery, 1326 14th St. NW. 202-332-0806.http:/