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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 past the coming-of-age themes on which she made her reputation.

Born in 1966, Amy Adler grew up in New York City, where she attended Cooper Union as an undergraduate. She earned her MFA at UCLA in 1995. At art school. Adler evolved her idiosyncratic process: She makes a drawing of a photograph, takes

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