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Ida Ekblad, Fantasy on my phone, 2017, plastisol, puff paint, cotton, linen, 62 3/8 x 62 1/8".

Ida Ekblad

Galerie Max Hetzler | Paris

Ida Ekblad, Fantasy on my phone, 2017, plastisol, puff paint, cotton, linen, 62 3/8 x 62 1/8".

For years, objects recovered from the streets and sidewalks surrounding the places where Ida Ekblad produces and exhibits her work have found their way into her oeuvre. Here in Paris, her work also opens itself to the perhaps more ephemeral attributes of a certain local form of femininity. In this gallery on the rue du Temple, one found an alluring, exuberant group of six paintings and three sculptures—works sprung from Ekblad’s poem “Step Motherfucker,” the title of which was also the show title. The artist’s rhythmic lines picture a phantasmagoric woman: “She worked in a small art institution in Paris [ . . . ] black scorpion latex / [ . . . ] she a sprocket / by the pool.”The poem exudes desire and aspiration, closing: “My Life will be Sweeter / So sweet some day.”

Paintings may have dominated in this show but the title piece, Step Motherfucker (all works 2017), undermined

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