to make the tools of representation distort and obscure the natural world. At least, that’s what this Towson University assistant professor of photography and digital media appears to favor as judged by the series of works currently installed at the Jordan Faye Contemporary. In a smaller project space gallery, Mateer installs her The Animals series, an assortment of petite archival inkjet-on-paper animal portraits mounted on wooden blocks with acrylic polymer. Random bits of text float among these images—of a bee, camel, horse, chimpanzee, lion, lizard, cheetah, frog, etc., alongside images of, well, an alien and a unicorn. On an opposite wall, images from The Pleasure of the Text series feature digital photos on fine art paper of book pages, though that isn’t instantly apparent. They’re modest closeups and curiously composed. In one, it looks like Mateer opened a book and laid it on a table, raised some of it pages, and pointed the camera’s lens almost perpendicular to the thin, whispy vertical sheets of paper. The camera’s focus makes the texture of the paper sharp and supple but blurs the text, and the result is more abstract line and light design. It takes a few moments of inspection to figure out what’s going on.