Coble shows her own stamina, though of a different sort. Her videos depict her standing on, (repeatedly) falling off or swimming around a floating dock on a lake. But the most challenging work by Coble is “Source,” an installation and performance piece in which she collected 200 water samples from the Washington area in plastic containers, hanging each with tags of their corresponding address from a metal structure in the gallery’s courtyard. Since she erected the piece in May, the water has changed, discolored and grown tiny critters in some cases.
Such evolution stands as a reminder to what sustains D.C. communities and what is often taken for granted.
» Conner Contemporary, 1358 Florida Ave. NE; through July 3, free ; 202-588-8750.
Written by Express contributor Danielle O’Steen
Photo courtesy Conner Contemporary Art