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Ellen Cantor

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Can a blow job be a religious experience, and if so, for whom? The dictionary specifies that the word is “usu. considered vulgar”—and the same might be considered true of the act itself—but perhaps that’s all to the better, since abasement and transcendence tend to function hand in hand. But the work of Ellen Cantor suggests that the question could be rephrased: Is a blow job even possible? The motif has been recurrent in Cantor’s drawings, yet she has arguably never depicted it as anything other than imaginary, a fever dream.

Look at any of her drawings in which the act is shown—Path of Sun—Road of Life, 2006, the wall-size work on black paper that is the centerpiece of the latest exhibition by this London-based American is merely the largest of them—and you’ll notice that between the cock and the woman’s head there is some representational disjunction; they do not quite correspond in

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