Jenny Schmid: Fountain of Youth

At first glance, Minnesota-based artist Jenny Schmid’s strange little subjects appear to be androgynous, totally cracked-out children. They roam the playground with sunken eyes and greasy, disheveled hair. Upon closer examination, it becomes clear that the muscular figures skateboarding and rocking out to guitars are girls. Their male counterparts sit demurely under trees reading and gazing skyward, lost in thought. The 20 monoprints featured in “Fountain of Youth” (through Dec. 24) give a humorous, playful poke to gender stereotypes. Behold the writhing serpents snuck into one playground scene. They hang from trees, surveying the boys and girls, anticipating the fall that’s about to come. Davidson Galleries, 313 Occidental Ave. S., 624-1324, Free. 10 a.m.-5:30 p.m. ERIKA HOBART

Tuesdays-Saturdays. Starts: Dec. 18. Continues through Dec. 24, 2008

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