works by Dana Lynn Harper
work by Dana Lynn Harper
Friday, September 7, 7 – 10 pm
Thursday, September 20, 6:30 – 8 pm
On View: September 7 – 21, 2018
Between Everything is an exploration of traveling from one place to the next. For the past five years, I have been creating large dreamlike installations using light, color and reflective materials. In this exhibition, I translate this passage between two worlds into imagery of portals and fuzzy horizon lines; seen in the Rainbow Portal mural as well as the two dimensional works. Bloom Bloom, a dripping ceiling of color and light, illustrates one world fading into the next very literally. In the works Cosmic Glimmer and Super Cluster, I use Iridescent and translucent materials to mimic the soul as it leaves the body, in transition to the next world.
I touch, cut and fold each piece of material in my studio, creating intimacy between myself and the medium. Using simple repetitive techniques, I fold labor into my work by hand. These time consuming processes are necessary to create delicate and cloud-like arrangements, with minimal structure or solidity. I imagine that installation is in a constant state of growth, made of many pieces that interchange and fluctuate in composition, each one malleable and in flux. Nature, both micro and macro, influence my decisions about composition and form.
I leave room for endless references, empowering the viewer to use their own experience and imagination. Using multiple sources of visual inspiration, I make new places to exist and be, spaces that belong to everyone.
Harper holds a BFA from The Ohio State University in 2009. She was the recipient of The Bunton Waller Fellowship from Penn State University, where Harper received her MFA in 2013. Harper was awarded an ArtPrize Seed Grant, ArtFile Emerging Artist Grant and a Ringholz Foundation Award. In addition, Harper was awarded an NEA studio grant to attend an artist residency at Women’s Studio Workshop. She has also been an artist in residence at Sculpture Space, Teton Art Lab, ArtSpace Raleigh, ARC Chattanooga, Kutztown University, Bunker Projects and Second Sight Studio. She has had solo exhibitions at Front/Space Gallery & Museum, Manifest Gallery and ROY G BIV among many others. Harper is currently living and working in Columbus, OH.
Funded in part by a Project Support Grant from the Greater Columbus Arts Council.