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Dana Lynn Louis, January 25

Dana Lynn Louis, January 25 (2014), photography with digitally embedded drawing [Laura Russo Gallery, Portland OR, May 7-30]

Dana Lynn Louis: Thread

Laura Russo Gallery
Laura Russo Gallery, Portland OR – May 7-30, 2015

Dana Lynn Louis, August 1

Dana Lynn Louis, August 1 (2014), photography with digitally embedded drawing [Laura Russo Gallery, Portland OR, May 7-30]

Dana Lynn Louis is an Oregon artist known for her mixed-media installations that animate architectural spaces. Versed in a variety of materials, she combines such things as direct drawing, suspended sculptures and glass elements, using the way shapes react to qualities of light, shadow and reflection. Her work stems from the interconnectivity of living things and references the delicate organic qualities of natural systems – in the environment and in the human body. These intricate patterns of nature are reflected in Louis’s forms and drawn lines. In some of her latest pieces, she has also incorporated photography, video projections and sound, furthering the experiential quality of her artwork.

This exhibit includes interrelated two- and three-dimensional pieces. On images Louis took daily for 365 days (from the autumn equinox in 2013 to that of 2014), she then used digital drawing to explore energy fields. Over the primarily natural scenes of her photo-based project, she interpreted distinct moments in time, emphasizing whispery lines that move like threads to render the invisible energy of the place.

Louis has several major public art commissions and notable works throughout the Northwest. Most recent is a word-based collaborative project where text is embedded in the glass walls at Oregon State Hospital in Junction City. The artist is also influenced by her yoga practice and teaching, as well as her travels through Mali, West Africa, where she is a founding board member of Ko-Falen Cultural Center in Bamako.

Allyn Cantor

Dana Lynn Louis, April 1

Dana Lynn Louis, April 1 (2014), photography with digitally embedded drawing [Laura Russo Gallery, Portland OR, May 7-30]


 Tue, Apr 7, 2015