"I like to think . . . of a cybernetic meadow where mammals and computers live together in mutually programming harmony / like pure water / touching clear sky," writes poet Richard Brautigan. Artist Jacqueline Crabtree likes the combination too. Her collages display penguins, zebras, tired ballet students against a vivid computer graphics background. Crabtree bought herself a home computer to keep financial records, but soon veered off into very different pursuits. Now she programs stripes and spirals with the aid of a young neighbor, then photographs and enlarges them. Figures might be taken from Ranger Rick magazine or a 1940 issue of Life. Most of the matted works measure about 9 inches by 12 inches. "I'm not high-tech at all," Crabtree insists. "Once, when two computer people were quizzing me at the same time in my studio, I sort of turned them onto each other and wiggled out of the conversation entirely. Sometimes I go home at the end of the day and ask my neighbor, 'What in God's name are they talking about? What's a pixal, anyway?'"
Computer collages. $17.98, a few less expensive. Studio M-6, Torpedo Factory Art Center, 101 N. Union St., Alexandria. 836-0085.