Featheringill presents a deadpan-joke photo of a wastepaper basket filled with Post-it notes scribbled with the word "done." Rotzel sketches a pair of abstract bars (or wood planks) on the wall — a cloud swirls around the middle of one, an arrow shoots through the center of the other. Calm offers a grainy abstract photo of a rectangle. These works are less satisfying, in part because their points are obscure. More context — like a selection of Featheringill's dry, witty, fumbling observations — might help.

SLIDESHOW:Images from "Fresh Ink" and Neal Rantoul.

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“Fresh Ink: Ten Takes on Chinese Tradition” | Museum of Fine Arts, 465 Huntington Ave, Boston | Through February 13
“Neal Rantoul: Twenty-Five Years” | Panopticon Gallery, 502 Comm Ave, Boston | Through January 4
“Boston Does Boston IV” | Proof, 516 East Second Street, Boston | Through January 29

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