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Posted at 11:52 AM ET, 08/ 1/2008

Art Squared

By Stephanie Merry

Small-scale art dominates the walls of D.C. Arts Center during Wall Mountables. (Courtesy of D.C. Arts Center)

As the type of person who enjoys the overwhelming immensity of a good thrift shop, I couldn't help but be intrigued by D.C. Art Center's annual Wall Mountables exhibit . The gallery sold up to four two-foot squares of wall space to more than 100 artists whose works now cover the walls of the small gallery. And standing in the middle of the gallery feels a bit like walking into Secondi -- where to begin?

But in either case, I don't think you can go wrong starting just about anywhere.

Somber art commingles with the whimsical and you'll find all sorts of artistic media represented, from photography to acrylics and specimen jars of plastic dolls to Legos. There were more highlights than I can possibly list here. I've never seen a Metro station look as lovely as through Amber Baum's camera lens and I was totally entertained by Tina Seamonster's works, which looked like discs sliced from a tree trunk that revealed strangely hilarious messages. One ruminated on the result of a box office battle between John Cusack today and the John Cusack of the '80s. I also came across a photo I loved so much, I wanted to snatch it off the wall and take it home with me. The picture depicted a cauliflower, of all things, but set against the white background, it looked simultaneously striking and strangely brain-like.

Of course, with so much art there will always be head-scratchers, but the beauty of this kind of show is that anyone can join in on the fun. It's not just about bringing art to the masses, but about the masses bringing the art.

Have you hit up Wall Mountables yet? Let me know in the comments what some of your favorites were.

--Stephanie

By Stephanie Merry  | August 1, 2008; 11:52 AM ET
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Well, I never expected the Washington Post to make me gasp out loud! (How else would one gasp, really?) Amber is my daughter, and I've been impressed by her photos since she picked up a camera. Now I have to come to DC to see the show! Thanks for a Friday thrill!

Posted by: Momb | August 1, 2008 3:50 PM | Report abuse

I loved Amber Baum's picture of the Metro station since the first moment I saw it! So much for the eye to wander to: the people, angles, lighting, depth perspective and more.

Posted by: Art Baum | August 1, 2008 4:21 PM | Report abuse

Finally, someone who can write on this site

Posted by: JoNAThan | August 7, 2008 1:00 AM | Report abuse

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