Anne C. Smith & Christine Tenaglia
Both artists of Adah Rose Gallery’s “In This Moment” are builders of a sort. Christine Tenaglia actually works with construction materials, assembling wall sculptures from pieces of wood, sometimes painted. Anne C. Smith draws shapes, mostly rectilinear, in graphite on black charcoal backgrounds, suggesting architectural blueprints.
That may not be the intent: Smith’s stated inspirations are night, memory and landscape. But the D.C. artist’s spare abstractions do conjure a sense of space. Although earlier works included here are more textured, the recent drawings are all line and tonal contrast. They’re stark, yet suggest invisible expanses.
Tenaglia’s pieces have literal depth, yet emphasize straight lines, whether painted or indicated by wooden edges — or drawn by the shadows the latter cast. The New York artist also contrasts unfinished wood and neutral hues with patches of bright color. Tenaglia’s closest connection to Smith’s work is in drawings that follow the same compositional model as her sculptures. But both artists employ a similar repertoire of minimalist gestures, whether in three dimensions or two.
Anne C. Smith & Christine Tenaglia: In This Moment On view through June 4 at Adah Rose Gallery, 3766 Howard Ave., Kensington. 301-922-0162. adahrosegallery.com.