Do you know that one day you lost your way, man?
March 6 through 30, 2014
Public reception on Sunday March 9 from 2:00 to 5:00pm
Part of Disjecta's Portland2014 : A Biennial of Contemporary Art
Presented by Disjecta Contemporary Art Center, Portland2014 is a major biennial exhibition celebrating artists who are defining and advancing contemporary art practices, curated by Los Angeles-based curator Amanda Hunt. Upfor is pleased to host an exhibition by Ellen Lesperance as part of the biennial.
Ellen Lesperance’s practice draws from feminist activism, and particularly from environmental Direct Action campaigns orchestrated in the United Kingdom in the 1980s. Lesperance works in a variety of media including painting, sculpture and textile to build a visual iconography that refers to both the political and poetic aspects of these movements. For the Portland2014 biennial, Lesperance presents a rich installation with a series of gouache and graphite works on paper atop handmade dyed silks. The installation is punctuated by a host of terra cotta figurines which allude to the mythological narrative of the Amazonian women, balancing a dialogue between classical motif and contemporary historiography. Lesperance’s array of works stand as a plastic metaphor for an empowered activist ideology in order to memorialize effective resistance and valorize anonymous activism.