Gifford Myers, professor of ceramics at the University of California, Irvine, is also showing recent work at McIntosh/Drysdale--all teeny-tiny wall-hung sculptures of painted clay which imitate, in great detail, the fac,ades of domestic architecture from Georgetown to Malibu.
Behind them is a polemical impulse aimed chiefly at real estate developers: "A house is no longer a home. It has become nothing more than a commodity--just like art," rails Myers. He makes his point most literally in a piece called "Hold Out-Holding On," a heroic little house sandwiched between two skyscrapers. The owners obviously chose to keep their home, despite the big bucks they were probably offered to get out.
Though some of the works, like this one, strain to make Myers' point, the best examples prove to be effective and amusing narrative vehicles. A tiny corner-piece titled "Cul-de-Sac--Virginia Prices," for example, uses the painted reflections in the sliding glass doors to broaden the view and include the neighborhood and encroaching economic factors--in this case the proximity of the Washington Monument. Best of all, however, are the small tropical houses with adjoining swimming pools and palm trees attached, which abandon polemics for the sheer Hockney-like joy of looking. The show continues through April 1 at 406 Seventh St. NW. The hours are as above.