Anne C. Smith & Chris­tine Te­naglia

The Washington Post Sunday - - ARTS & STYLE -

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.

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