Dana Lynn Louis | Weave | February 2020 | Russo Lee Gallery | Portland Oregon | Install View 010

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Dana Lynn Louis | Weave | February 2020 | Russo Lee Gallery | Portland Oregon | Install View 05

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Dana Lynn Louis | Weave | February 2020 | Russo Lee Gallery | Portland Oregon | Install View 09

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Dana Lynn Louis | Weave | February 2020 | Russo Lee Gallery | Portland Oregon | Install View 03

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Dana Lynn Louis - Weave

Weave

2019-20

acrylic, oil, ink, and thread on tarlatan

84 x 168 inches

Dana Lynn Louis - Weave detail

Weave (detail)

2019-20

acrylic, oil, ink, and thread on tarlatan

84 x 168 inches

Dana Lynn Louis - Weave view 2

Weave

2019-20

acrylic, oil, ink, and thread on tarlatan

84 x 168 inches

Dana Lynn Louis - Whisper

Whisper

2019-20

thread, acrylic, and ink on silk tarlatan

50.25 x 39.25 inches framed

Dana Lynn Louis - Whisper DETAIL

Whisper - detail

2019-20

thread, acrylic, and ink on silk tarlatan

50.25 x 39.25 inches framed

Dana Lynn Louis - Whisper DETAIL 2

Whisper - detail

2019-20

thread, acrylic, and ink on silk tarlatan

50.25 x 39.25 inches framed

Dana Lynn Louis - Web

Web

2019

acrylic on cotton, thread, tulle, and shadow

50 x 71 x 3 inches

Dana Lynn Louis - Web detail

Web (detail)

2019

acrylic on cotton, thread, tulle, and shadow

50 x 71 x 3 inches

Dana Lynn Louis - Homage

Homage

2019-20

acrylic and shadow with cotton buckram

74 x 110 inches

Dana Lynn Louis | Homage detail

Homage (detail)

2019-20

acrylic and shadow with cotton buckram

74 x 110 inches

Dana Lynn Louis - Still-here

Still-here

2019-20

acrylic, cotton, applique, tea, and fiber

57.75 x 35.75 inches framed

Dana Lynn Louis - Current

Current

2019

acrylic on cotton and tulle

39.5 x 64 x 3 inches

Dana Lynn Louis | Current - Detail

Current (detail)

2019

acrylic on cotton and tulle

39.5 x 64 x 3 inches

Dana Lynn Louis - April 2019

April 2019

2019

acrylic, cotton, gauze, silk, thread, and tea

70.5 x 38.25 inches framed

Dana Lynn Louis - April 2019 detail

April 2019 - detail

2019

acrylic, cotton, gauze, silk, thread, and tea

70.5 x 38.25 inches framed

Dana Lynn Louis - Compass

Compass

2020

acrylic on cotton, shadow, and tulle

39.5 x 65 x 3 inches

Dana Lynn Louis | Compass - detail

Compass (detail)

2020

acrylic on cotton, shadow, and tulle

39.5 x 65 x 3 inches

Dana Lynn Louis - Celestial Fog

Celestial Fog II

2019

acrylic, cotton, gauze, silk, thread, tea, and rice sack

68.25 x 42.75 inches framed

Dana Lynn Louis - Celestial Fog detail

Celestial Fog II - detail

2019

acrylic, cotton, gauze, silk, thread, tea and rice sack

68.25 x 42.75 inches framed

Press Release

For the month of February, the gallery is excited to feature Weave by the multi-disciplinary artist Dana Lynn Louis. This exhibition has been in process for the last two years and is a combination of Louis’s work abroad at ‘Thread’—an artist’s residency in Senegal, West Africa—and Gather:Make:Shelter, a citywide creative collaborative in Portland, OR. Both projects aim to enrich the lives of those in their community through creative practice and artistic pursuits with a focus on collaboration, engagement, skill-building, and connection. According to the artist, “All of this work is related as I weave together life and work, which is a direct response to the energetic ties between all of us, thus lessening the miles between us conceptually and physically. It is increasingly important to me that all of my work, no matter its form, moves towards light, weaving us together and creating levity and beauty along the way.”

Dana Lynn Louis received her MFA from Ohio State University and came to Portland in 1988 as an artist-in-residence at the Oregon School of Arts and Crafts. For two decades she has maintained a rigorous studio practice that engages architectural space, glass, light, and shadow among numerous other materials. The results fluctuate between intimate domestic-scaled pieces, interdisciplinary performance collaborations, and large-scale public works that energize and alter one’s experience of their environment. Louis’s work is influenced by her travels, her many collaborative experiences as an artist, and also by her practice and study of yoga. Her work explores the connective layers in all of these experiences. More recently, Louis received a Career Opportunity Grant from The Ford Family Foundation for a six-week residency at Thread in Senegal, West Africa and is the Founding Director of Gather:Make:Shelter in Portland, OR. Her work has been reviewed by publications such as Sculpture Magazine, Artweek, and the German periodical Glashaus, among others. Louis’s work is in the public collections of the Portland Art Museum and Regional Arts & Culture Council.