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."
I am honored to announce that I was selected as a 2017 grantee of the Tiffany Foundation Biennial Award.
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.