new-york

Ilona Granet; Danita Geltner

P.P.O.W

This two-person show offered a perspective on engaged or, more precisely, activist art. The installation of each artist’s production in separate spaces within the gallery allowed free play to the works’ different qualities, but it also permitted a purview over the political use of devices of disjunction.

Ilona Granet was represented by two recent series of works and four earlier pieces. In one of the series, consisting of five pieces patterned on traffic signs, she has adopted an urban semiotic, using the reduced style, basic coloring and lettering, and even the materials (enamel on metal) of our most common streetside fixtures. But here Granet puts the stop sign’s imperative to other ends, for the specific issue addressed by these signs is the harassment of women. No Cat Calls, 1987, features the injunction “NO CAT CALLS & WHISTLING KISSING SOUNDS” while Curb Your Animal Instincts, 1986,

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