In the ambitious installation Faith: Suspended in the Art Gym, Dana Lynn Louis builds on much of the work she has engaged in since coming to Portland in 1988 for a residency at the Oregon College of Art and Craft (then Oregon School of Art and Craft).
Louis’ sculptures and drawings are often about the internal workings of nature. Many of her early artworks remind one of the organs that do the body’s dirty work, like the stomach and gut. Recently the artist’s drawings and sculptures reference cellular arrays and the webs of tiny vascular structures that capture air, transmit electrical impulses or carry nutrients to an organ, limb, branch or leaf.
For the Art Gym, in addition to sculptural work, Louis has integrated drawing into the installation. In one section, she is drawing a delicate tracery of white directly on the Art Gym’s cream-colored walls, and is overlaying that web with drawings on circles and ovals of Mylar. She is also placing many of her delicate drawings on Japanese rice paper so they can be seen through and among the hanging glass, paper and mica sculptures.
Creating images that suggest delicacy and complexity that is intrinsic to nature, and our place in it, has been the subject of Dana Lynn Louis’ work for many years. We are very pleased to be able to present Faith: Suspended to Art Gym audiences.
Curated by: Terri Hopkins
On View: February 26 – March 28, 2007