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."
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."
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."
1/5/18 for Mousse Magazine: "A number of artists in Trigger mine the history of feminist and gay liberation movements. Ellen Lesperance, for example, creates paintings and installations related to garments worn by feminist and civil rights activists."
The Portland-based intersectional feminist W.I.T.C.H. chapter is wearing 13 garments that I recreated from images of a Greenham Common camper this winter. You can find out more about their actions and how to support them yourself here:
Group exhibition: The New Museum, New York, NY
September 2017 - January 2018
3-person exhibition, Derek Eller Gallery, New York, NY
June - August, 2017
Solo exhibitions at the Portland Art Museum, Portland, Oregon with corresponding novel publication (available below)
August - November, 2017
Traveling group exhibition: The Drawing Center, New York, NY; Kentucky Museum of Art and Craft, Louisville, KY
Solo exhibition at Gallery Anne De Villepoix, Paris, FR
2-person exhibition, The Armory, Pasadena, CA
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.