Ellen Lesperance

Current Exhibitions

Trigger: Gender as a Tool and a Weapon

New Museum

235 Bowery

New York, NY 10002

9.27.17 - 01.21.18

NADA Miami

Adams and Ollman Gallery booth

Miami, FL

12.07.17 - 12.10.17

Congratulations and Celebrations

A traveling-exhibition-for-one, @congratulationsandcelebrations (Instagram) is a mail art project that asks participants to consider what it means to engage in an act of courage, and then emboldens that act by loaning out a reproduction labrys sweater to wear for its performance. Please consider participating.

News And More Information

"Pattern Recognition," frieze issue 189

Read Jennifer Kabat's feature about my work in the September 2017 issue of frieze magazine. She writes: "...Lesperance transmits messages about history, feminism and labour through the art of knitting."

Jerry Saltz on the New Museum's exhibition Trigger

10/23/17 for Vulture: "There are at least a half-dozen artists in the show using fabric, collage, embroidery, and other malleable materials to make art out of bits and pieces so that “Trigger” exhibits a strong subset of artists who indulge a fabulous Proustian drive to devour materials and processes in minutiae — including Ellen Lesperance’s reversal of this process using super-close-up pictures of knitted fabrics to make geometric drawings."

Trigger: Gender as a Tool and a Weapon is reviewed in the New York Times

9/28/17: "When It Comes to Gender, Let Confusion Reign" by Holland Cotter, "...the fine netlike patterns in Ellen Lesperance's gouache paintings are inspired by photographic close-ups of clothing worn by female activists, past and present."

University of Oregon

I have been commissioned to create a painting sourced from student activism at the EMU Memorial Building/Student Union at the University of Oregon in Eugene. Please contact me if you have any source images/videos with examples of Creative Direct Action garments.

Exhibition A

I have a new 24" x 17" archival pigment print available through Exhibition A called The Land of Feminye. It is printed in an edition of 50 and is available now: https://exhibitiona.com/products/land-of-femineye

Adams and Ollman Gallery

I am represented by Adams and Ollman Gallery. Contact Amy Adams at amy@adamsandollman.com for inquiries.

Purchase my novel: Peace Camps


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130 page, soft cover novel with illustrations by Seattle-based, self-proclaimed "gay folk artist" Jeffry Mitchell, printed by Container Corps, Portland, Oregon in a signed and numbered, limited edition of 250. Still available.

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Thanks, Ellen Lesperance