* The trio of artists in Transformer's show "Big Mind" seem heavily influenced by comic books, for better and worse. L.A.-based Jay-Gould Stuckey makes drawings of mummies and fighter jets that edge uncomfortably close to eighth-grade doodles; Matt Cutler's medallion-shaped paintings of rabbits, dead cats and rockets are dreamlike nuggets minus plot and point. But Taylor McKimens excels at moving his raw, R. Crumb-style figures from the page to the gallery. The artist built a one-room house in which he installed a life-size dude wearing tighty-whiteys and slopping down a burger. The fellow, and the bees buzzing around him, are drawings on paper that have been cut out and installed in the room. The installation's crowning glory is its sweating air conditioner made from a box to which the artist affixed drawings on all sides. He even drew the water droplets collecting on the floor. In this clever hybrid of drawing and sculpture, McKimens may well have invented a new dimension halfway between second and third.
"Big Mind," at Transformer, 1404 P St. NW, Thursday and Friday 6:30-8:30 p.m., Saturday 1-6 p.m., or by appointment, 202-544-4668, through Dec. 28.