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Sherry Frumkin Gallery is pleased to present a working backward\, an exhibition of new sculptures and wor ks on paper by Linda Ekstrom that have at their core issues of tende rness\, longing and a desire for connection. The exhibition will open Octob er 16 and run through November 20. The artist will be present for a recepti on from 6 to 9 pm on opening night.

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Words have always formed the ce ntral subject matter of Ekstrom’s work. Found text lines are illuminated\, stitched\, deconstructed\, rearranged\, tangled or obscured. Objects are ma de of words and text lines that have been weeded out of their context. Bibl es are cut\, their pages freed. Sacred texts become sacred objects that in their ordinariness ask to be “read” through tactile and visual means\, avoi ding fixed meanings and reasserting the presence of women.

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In “Luce ” and “Nestle\,” two works the artist created by tangling words taken from writings by groundbreaking linguist\, philosopher and psychoanalyst Luce Ir igary\, as well as in other works like “Eve” and “Mary\,” the narrative is interrupted as a way of “listening to the still unspoken words of the other .” (Irigary)  In “I You” Ekstrom pays direct tribute to Irigary’s feminist re-working of language. Two appropriated chrome lids nestle side by side in a cloth-bound box\, the words “I love” on one and “to you” on the other\, offering a way around possession and suggesting freedom between individuals .

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Other works like “Open Secrets” reveal things that only the artis t knows\, but the words are cut apart and scrambled and retain their privat e nature. “Eternal Return” appropriates a quote of a quote of a quote\, lea ding back around to Neitzsche\, who writes\, “haven’t we already coincided in the past?”

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Linda Ekstrom’s work remains quietly and insistently feminist\; from the beginning she collaborated with bees to re-order the pa triarchal bias of Judeo-Christian writings\, placing a Bible in their hive and allowing their work to reveal deeper layers of the text. She cut out th e names of all the women in the bible and affixed them onto squares of silk that were read aloud. Her Menstrual/Liturgical Cycle\, a major work from 1994-1998 materialized her own blood on silk and memorialized the dat es on the liturgical calendar.

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This is Linda Ekstrom’s  5th solo with the gallery.

DTEND:20101120 DTSTAMP:20140923T070702 DTSTART:20101016 GEO:34.0139959;-118.4497879 LOCATION:Sherry Frumkin Gallery\,Studio 21 3026 Airport Ave. \nSanta Monica \, CA 90405 SEQUENCE:0 SUMMARY:Linda Ekstrom\, "a working backward"\, Linda Ekstrom UID:133010 END:VEVENT END:VCALENDAR