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Jamian Juliano-Villani, Gone with the Wind, 2018, acrylic on canvas, 72 x 96".

Jamian Juliano-Villani

JTT

Jamian Juliano-Villani, Gone with the Wind, 2018, acrylic on canvas, 72 x 96".

The act of opening a door seems stupidly simple, but that’s exactly why it’s particularly nerve-racking when you’re uncertain about how to do it. When anxiousness leads to overthinking, even the most straightforward things become complicated. This same anxiety could be found in Does This Slide or Do I Pull (all works 2018), where a frog sits on the second rung of a ladder, contemplating the titular question. In a zine produced for the occasion of the show, Jamian Juliano-Villani’s second at JTT, the work was captioned with a different title, After School, pointing to another anxious moment of transition, i.e., the months following graduation. In both cases, trepidation arises from having to cluelessly figure out the best way to proceed.

To see this and the other nine paintings on view in the exhibition, titled “Ten Pound Hand,” viewers had to pass through a custom-carpeted front

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