* In the early 1980s, Judy Pfaff refused an offer to make prints with the highly regarded Crown Point Press. She was a hot installation artist at the time, traveling from show to show making one-offs that lived only as long as the exhibitions hosting them. Eventually Pfaff tired of mourning the loss of her works and started making portable wall pieces. She also turned to prints. All but one of her recent pieces on view at David Adamson combine etching, aquatint and photo-based printmaking techniques, often at the same time and sometimes layered three deep using plexiglass, parchment and paper. Like her past decade's output, the works refer to man inhabiting nature; flowers, trees and architectural drawings figure prominently. The four-panel "When the Moon Is Full" includes prints of Japanese gardens and a lily pad punctuated by an etching of concentric circles imposed on a grid, as if making visible the intersection of rationality and sensuality.
Judy Pfaff at David Adamson Gallery, 406 Seventh St. NW, Tuesday-Friday 11:30 a.m.-5 p.m., Saturday noon-5 p.m., 202-628-0257, to Nov. 29.