George Mason University

Alex Mayer: Hard-edged sculptures that aren’t boxed in

With his woodworking skills and orderly aesthetic, Alex Mayer could be a cabinetmaker. Yet some of the most intriguing pieces in “Alex Mayer: New Work,” at George Mason University’s Fine Art Gallery, are little more than the idea of a bureau. The D.C. artist has constructed dressers merely from lines drawn on white walls, but they’re embellished by actual knobs — and, in one case, black stockings that feign to hang from a outlined drawer’s nonexistent opening.

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