Kim Llerena and Jen Noone at Formerly Was
For the second time in six months, Formerly Was, an independent art gallery in Tenleytown, paired a photographer with a multimedia artist. At the end of last year, the gallery exhibited the photographs of Caitlin Teal Award and the multimedia works of Maggie Michel. Their art largely overlapped in its use of a beige and brown color palette. Current exhibition Surface Encountersfeaturing the photographer Kim Llerena and multimedia artist Jen Noone, seems to offer even less intersectionality, but as with the gallery’s previous exhibition, both artists produce solid work independently. Noone, who holds a master’s degree in studio art from American University and is now based in New Jersey, creates small painted sculptural forms thematically linked by their hatched forms; one looks a bit like the Jamaican flag, another like a lace-up shoe, and a third like a petit four lined with delicate chocolate lines. A work with two linked diamonds breaks the mould, enclosing a startlingly multicolored circular swirl that collectively suggests a whimsical piece of sushi roll. Llerena, who holds an MFA from the Maryland Institute College of Art and is now based in Miami, photographs in both black and white and color, but her work typically captures dusty, unpopulated, old places in the backcountry. American country. – shuttered snack bars, abandoned main street facades and bullet-riddled road signs. The most poignant images of Llerena are notable for their absence. In one, the sky filters through the empty outline of a Blockbuster sign, while in another, a series of wooden poles reveal the scanty, torn remains of the Confederate battle flag. Until May 28 at Formerly Was, 4936 Wisconsin Ave NW. formerly.com. Free.