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Ellen Lesperance, New York Times

Jillian Steinhauer, “What to See in New York Art Galleries This Week,” New York Times, September 20, 2018 (Exhibition: Lily of the Art Light, Derek Eller Gallery, New York, Sept. 6 – Oct. 7, 2018)

Ellen Lesperance’s “I Looked Towards Her, She Looked Towards Me, Both Could See the Common Free” (2018), gouache and graphite on tea stained paper. Courtesy Derek Eller Gallery

“…The project exudes a feeling of care, along with one of celebration. But it’s equally strong for the way it comments on a larger context. By turning hand-knit sweaters into gouache paintings, the artist mixes up craft, which has stereotypically been disparaged as “feminine,” and art, long lauded as “masculine.” Her works function as readable instructions for making sweaters, even as they suggest that knitting patterns aren’t actually that far-off from pointillism or the modernist grid. …”

(link to full review)