new-york

Jeff Scher

Maya Stendhal Gallery

The saxophone riff audible on entering the gallery seemed at first an appropriate accompaniment to Jeff Scher’s second solo exhibition at Maya Stendhal Gallery. With its bouncy, singsong tone, the sound track to the video Trixie, 2005, suited the colorful exuberance of the nine large watercolors, two acrylic drawings, three rotoscope animation videos, and nearly six hundred small mixed-media works on view. But the music evokes none of the formal complexity of Scher’s practice, one located in the ever-popular territory between the handcrafted and the mechanical, and exemplified here in the convergence of painting and film.

“Drawn and Quartered,” the title of the show, well describes Scher’s layered method. His works usually begin as short lengths of film, which he condenses into clips, projects onto an animation table, and represents on pieces of paper (often numbering in the thousands) that

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