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Ellen Cantor 'Lovely Girl's Emotion' at Participant Inc. NYC

  • Participant Inc. 253 East Houston Street New York, NY, 10002 United States (map)

Participant presents paintings and sculptures which pre-date and lay groundwork for the concerns that permeate the bodies of work in drawing and video for which Cantor became best known. The subjects that populate Cantor’s paintings often include women engaged in fantasy sequences involving animals that act like people, flight, and states of ecstatic celebration. Cantor’s totemic sculptural works, assemblages of carved and painted wood, found objects including bells and smashed cans, are reminiscent of ancient female power figures including the Venus of Willendorf, also paying homage to the works of Louise Bourgeois, while pointing to Cantor’s move into the transformation of appropriated materials as a strategy for empowerment.