The outside world

By GREG COOK  |  March 3, 2010

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ATTENTION TO LIGHT Moore’s New Hampshire Series (a).

Metcalf makes soft ink and acrylic drawings of giant waterfalls. In each one, blue lines of water cascade between gray ink hillsides. They're inspired by postcards, photos and visits to Columbia Gorge in Oregon, but they feel generic because Metcalf has trimmed away too many of the specifics of the place, the details that you need to make these sort of landscapes crackle.

The show is rounded out by a single photo, backlit on a lightbox, by Brooke Hammerle of Providence. For some years, she's trained her lens on a pond, producing photos that gaze through surrounding foliage toward the pond's reflecting waters. Here she cuts out the surrounding stuff, and pushes toward abstraction by focusing only on what looks like dark wavy water reflecting trees. One photo isn't much to go on, but in this one she hasn't yet found a way to make that abstraction distinctive enough to grab us.

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