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Jennifer Reeder

Julia Friedman Gallery

Not so many years removed from having been there herself, Jennifer Reeder is enormously sensitive to the ambiguities of life in high school. Two video-based pieces here were replete with pointed reminders of the many tender vulnerabilities of the teenage years, suggesting the relentless to-and-fro of awkwardness and bluster, adult and child, jammed into the same charged body. A Double Image Both in Focus Simultaneously (I) (all works 2001) is a large DVD projection of a girls’ indoor swim meet. Using, soft dissolves, slow motion, and a dreamy sound track by Texas band Aix Em Klemm, Reeder provides a visual tone poem, an ode to teenage rituals. Hints of clannish group bonding, moments of personal isolation on which we voyeuristically intrude, and episodes of intense athletic endeavor congeal into a somewhat wistful genre video. A few boys are visible from time to time in the background,

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