M.G. Lord


    Nervous Character, 1999, one of three new works in Amy Adler's recent show at the Margo Leavin Gallery in Los Angeles, takes its name from the spine of a book Adler photographed several years ago: Nervöse Karakter by the Austrian psychiatrist Alfred Adler. The latter-day Adler's piece is a sequence of twenty-four large-scale photographs of drawings, evocative of the twenty-four frames that make up a single second of film. While Adler describes the work as a study in futility “because the action never really moves forward,” with Nervous Character she has managed to move her work along, pushing