In the galleries: The Eye of Faith Flanagan

By Mark Jenkins, Washington Post
June 30, 2017

Image: Jeremy Flick’s “575015755,” acrylic on canvas, on view at Studio 1469. (Jeremy Flick/Studio 1469)

Watching over the current exhibition at Studio 1469 is a large but faint drawing of local art curator and patron Faith Flanagan, rendered by Ian Jehle in pink pencil. The portrait can be seen as fragile or unearthly, either of which now seems apt: “The Eye of Faith Flanagan” is a memorial to the D.C. art curator and patron, who died suddenly in January.

The show features work by nearly two dozen artists and includes items from Flanagan’s own collection. Sales will benefit the District of Columbia Arts Center, where Flanagan had served as a board member.

The selection is diverse in style as well as media. A small Erik Thor Sandberg painting recalls the grotesqueries of Bruegel and Bosch, while Jeremy Flick’s hard-edged abstraction places one crimson square amid cool and neutral hues. The photographs document excursions such as William Christenberry’s to rural Alabama (of course) and Jayme McLellan’s to a sideshow populated by inflatable superheroes. Thom Flynn constructed a stripe “painting” by collaging found posters, while Brandon Morse’s computer-generated video perpetually builds and collapses a structure of black lines. It is, in a way, a vision of eternity.

The Eye of Faith Flanagan On view through July 8 at Studio 1469, 1469 Harvard St. NW, rear. 202-518-0804.