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AMBACH &\; RICE is pleased to present It ’s Never Over\, a solo exhibition of paintings\, textiles and ceramics by Ellen Lesperance. The exhibit continues the a rtist’s reverential examination of female activism while underscoring the p arallels between contemporary and ancient heroines. Lesperance places the v iewer on the periphery of female activism\, manifesting political and socie tal transgression through a delicate use of materials. Images of protest pl acards or demonstrations are eclipsed in favor of interpersonal dynamics th at place ideology in tandem with individuality.

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Lesperance’s paintings o f activists’ sweater patterns extract intimacy from collectivism\; their or nate grids suggest sieves through which ideals and virtue take root. These atlases of soft armor are accompanied by text\; Lesperance’s own\, historic al accounts\, and direct quotations from artists and activists such as Nanc y Spero and Rachel Corrie. The integration of text into the paintings orien ts the viewer\, evoking the bodies and minds that once inhabited what have become patterned husks.

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For the first time Lesperance’s paintings introd uce textiles derived from mythic sources\, the representations of fighting Amazons found on ancient Greek\, Roman and Turkish ceramics. The Amazons\, a mythic tribe of female warriors depicted in postures of defiance\, serve as a bridge between the resilience and courage embodied by modern day femal e activists. Lesperance discovered formal correspondences and shared emblem s such as snowflakes and chevrons to effectively parallel a historical lexi con of dissent.

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In 2012 Lesperance encountered ancient Tanagras at the P rinceton University Art Museum that depicted running Amazons\; an anomaly g iven these terracotta figurines dating from fourth century B.C. typically o nly portray cloaked women and girls. Tanagras are believed to have been vot ive objects or funerary offerings intended to appease female deities. Lespe rance produced ceramic molds to resurrect these effigies in the same manner they were originally produced. The prominence of the garments adorning the figures is echoed in Lesperance’s own conceptual practice\, which highligh t clothing as an extension of identity and attitude. The figurines will be augmented by pieces of draped silk and wool. The artist wrapped these texti les around bouquets of flower dyestuffs which were subsequently buried in t he ground to fix the dyes into the fabric via decomposition. Burial and res urrection are mirrored in the artist’s process and the archeological excava tion of the original statues\, poetic insubordination that although weather ed\, refuses to die.

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Ellen Lesperance li ves and works in Portland\, Oregon. Recent exhibitions include Dear Pippa B acca…\, AMBACH &\; RICE\, Frieze Frame\, New York\, US\, and Hang Up\, J osh Lilley Gallery\, London\, UK. Her work was recently acquired by The Bro oklyn Art Museum and The Museum of Arts and Design. She will be featuring i n the forthcoming Phaidon drawing anthology\, Vitamin D2.

DTEND:20130223 DTSTAMP:20141123T085248 DTSTART:20130119 GEO:34.0631652;-118.3632433 LOCATION:AMBACH & RICE\,6148 Wilshire Blvd. \nLos Angeles\, CA 90048 SEQUENCE:0 SUMMARY:It’s Never Over\, Ellen Lesperance UID:253952 END:VEVENT BEGIN:VEVENT DTEND:20130119T200000 DTSTAMP:20141123T085248 DTSTART:20130119T180000 GEO:34.0631652;-118.3632433 LOCATION:AMBACH & RICE\,6148 Wilshire Blvd. \nLos Angeles\, CA 90048 SEQUENCE:0 SUMMARY:It’s Never Over\, Ellen Lesperance UID:253953 END:VEVENT END:VCALENDAR