"In the galleries: These are not your usual travel pictures" by Mark Jenkins

"In the galleries: These are not your usual travel pictures" by Mark Jenkins

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Think of Hamiltonian Gallery as a suburban ranch house that has lost everything but its recreation room. That space, billed as “Existential Wreck Room,” is full of games and toys. Nancy Daly reworks familiar ones such as “Life” and “Risk,” and also offers a series of visual puns packed with retro pop-culture references.

These are easier to read than Kyle Bauer’s sculptures, which look like children’s toys cross-fertilized with American postwar domestic architecture. The Baltimore sculptor contrasts cheap materials with elegant ones, and plays unfinished wood against bright, glossy surfaces. Among Bauer’s inspirations are fishing lures, but his creations also suggest pieces from lawn games for which no one quite knows the rules.

Daly’s work is equally playful, if more up-to-date. The D.C. artist remakes “Chutes and Ladders” for the cellphone universe, and offers a “Settlers of D.C.” gentrification game whose honeycomb pattern recalls Metro’s station vaults. These diversions are actually playable, as Daly will demonstrate at a game night May 11 at 7 p.m.

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