Luanne Martineau, Knocking Hangers, 2018, hand-needled felt, factory felt, handmade paper, linen, gesso, wood, Velcro, 6' 11“ × 12' 7”.

Elana Herzog and Luanne Martineau

Western Exhibitions

Elana Herzog and Luanne Martineau echo familiar parries to modernism’s vainglorious legacies. Their works substitute common materials, including textiles, for oil paint; involve craft techniques such as papermaking and needle felting; and focus on the domestic, the gendered, and the everyday in place of the grandiose and the utopic. Yet, though they are invested in these critiques, both artists happily provide more than admonitions, as their recent pairing for “COMPRESSION” emphasized.

Herzog’s medium-size works in the show—they were not quite collages, since the textile fragments were interwoven with wet paper pulp to yield one cohesive substance—were intense visual stimulants. Rigid textures achieved in the papermaking process offset the gestural interplay of fabrics and painted marks, often casually dabbed in neon oranges and greens. While abstraction predominated, a buttoned

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