Louise Eastman is an artist working in weaving and ceramics. In her current body of work, Eastman weaves sets of long, highly detailed pieces on a floor loom, and contrasts them with clay bricks that frame smaller weavings and knit pieces.
The work is a continuation of her recent practice creating large hand weavings and cast bricks, and reflect the lyricism that comes from an embrace of the tactile, of materiality. Eastman further explores the profound politics of materials and craft traditionally considered trivial, or gender bound.
Other works include large-scale weavings that are undeniably akin to the brightly colored woven potholders of the 1950’s. She combined boldly colored natural wool, acrylic wool and felt to create a textured 3D mass of vibrant geometric abstraction. She also weaved folded toilet paper that has been stitched for strength into a seven-foot square painting, minus the paint and canvas. Trace lines of colorful thread playfully punctuate the reductive composition. Despite their Claes Oldenberg-esque physicality, the formal qualities of these artworks resist a Pop Art association.
Eastman received her MFA from Pratt Institute, NY, and has recently shown at Silas Marder Gallery, Russell Janis Gallery. Previously, she received a MacDowell Colony Fellowship. She currently lives and works in New York City.
2017: “A Sense of Place,” Southhampton Arts Center, Southhampton, NY.
2016: “Victory Garden,” Planthouse Gallery, New York, NY.
2016: “Reservoir,” Planthouse Gallery, New York, NY.
2015: “The Big Show 09,” Silas Marders Gallery, NY.
2015: “Clay and Cochineal,” Russel Janis Gallery, Brooklyn, NY.
2015: “All Rise,” Bernstein Gallery at Princeton University, NJ.
2015: “RESPOND,” Smack Mellon, Brooklyn, NY.
2014: “Homespun Adventures,” Silas Marder Gallery, Bridgehampton, NY.
2014: “Paper Reveries,” Shirley Fiterman Art Center, New York, NY.
2014: “Loop Holes,” Solo Show, Silas Marder Gallery, Bridgehampton, NY.
2014: "Habitation," Russell Janis Gallery, Willamsburg, NY.
"Eat, Kill, Clay," selections from the Ceramic Dept., Pratt, Brooklyn, NY
2013: "Summertime," Southampton Cultural Center, Southampton, NY.
2012: Graficas Gallery, Nantucket, MA.
2011: "The Big Show," Silas Marder Gallery, Bridgehampton, NY.
2009: Two Birds Gallery, NY, NY.
2002: Spike Gallery, NY, NY