The work in “Linear Function,” a three-artist show at Carroll Square Gallery, is stronger on line than functionality. Alex Mayer’s paired contributions are a “white stack” that looks a bit like furniture and a “black hat” that looks exactly like a black hat, except that it’s made of painted plywood and is 60 inches in diameter. If these unadorned objects aren’t exactly Platonic ideals, they do possess an austerity that’s more philosophical than practical. The Washington conceptual sculptor is the only one of the trio to forgo color, so his work is the most minimalist in a room where nothing approaches the ornate.
Nick Primo builds pillars and shelf-like constructions of ash and steel, which contrast slabs of glazed stoneware that are as lumpy as the wood and metal are sleek. The Baltimore artist also creates acrylic-and-graphite works he calls “architectural drawings,” some of which do hint at the volume and