Louise Sass

28.4. – 28.8.2022

Welcome to the exhibition ‘The colour comes from inside’. In the first part of the exhibition, you are invited into the Danish textile artist and textile printer Louise Sass’s (b. 1965) artistic universe with a look at sketches and works from 1989 to 2021 and an introduction to the process of textile printing.

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‘In my textile prints, the colours are constructed from the inside out, with layers of transparent textile dye printed on top of each other in an overprint technique. The textiles are printed by hand, and the sequencing of the different layers, displacements and tiny random occurrences add life and movement to transitions and interfaces.

In this way, the colour comes from inside.’

The second part of the exhibition presents more works of textile art. Louise Sass explains:

‘Every medium has a poetry of its own, which comes out especially when it is pushed to the extreme. I like textile printing in a raw, naked form, where you clearly sense the traces of the movements of the hand as it applies the ink to the fabric.’

Watch Louise Sass talk about her work with textile colours, patterns and prints. This film follows Louise Sass’s work at the Danish Art Workshops as she prepared this exhibition.

The exhibition shows large composite wall friezes such as Undervejs (En Route) and Sodium Solstice, the textile furniture piece Nomadeskab (Nomad Cabin) as well as lengths of fabric, compositions of graduated swathes of colour and printed textiles mounted in softly folded layers.

The newest prints in the exhibition are a group titled Urban Palette. Here, Louise Sass uses a restricted colour palette to show how the colours of city lights at night are intensified by the contrast with the dark. In 2017–18, Louise Sass developed a new dynamic colour range for Poul Henningsen’s PH5 lamps in collaboration with the Danish lamp brand Louis Poulsen. The result is presented in the exhibition.

I 2017-18 arbejdede Louise Sass sammen med lampeproducent Louis Poulsen på en ny dynamisk farvesætning af Poul Henningsens PH5-lamper. Her i filmen fortæller Louise Sass om arbejdet med hvordan farverne på skærmene er udviklet i en nøje afstemt gradueret farveskala.

In the third and final section of the exhibition you can play with colours on a giant colour wheel. By rearranging the colours in the circle you can influence both your own and the next visitors’ experience of them.

A warm thanks to everyone who helped make this exhibition possible. The exhibition also wishes to thank the following foundations and contributors:

  • Statens Kunstfond
  • Augustinus Fonden
  • Beckett-Fonden
  • Aage og Johanne Louis-Hansens Fond
  • Erik Birger Christensens Fond
  • Danmarks Nationalbanks Jubilæumsfond af 1968    
  • Konsul George Jorck og Hustru Emma Jorck’s Fond 
  • Grosserer L. F. Foghts Fond
  • Esther og Jep Finks Mindefond for arkitektur og kunsthåndvæk
  • Ellen og Knud Dalhoff Larsens Fond
  • Louis Poulsen A/S
  • Statens Værksteder for Kunst
  • Fonden Fabrikken for Kunst og Design


Photos by: Ole Akhøj, Mads Madsen, David Stjernholm, Dorte Krogh and Bastian Birk Thuesen.

Film by Bastian Birk Thuesen.

Learn more about the works

Are you curious to know more about items of this exhibition? All the numbered blocks in the exhibition refer to info about the individual items.

Read more about the 29 objects in the exhibition. Type in the reference number below to know more about each element:

1

From the Archive, 1989-2019. Wall with mounting of: colour scale prints, test prints, cut outs, colour samples and sketch for Shinjuku, cotton, silk, wool, paper, gouache, reactive dye etc.

2

In 2017–18, Louise Sass developed a new colour range for Poul Henningsen’s PH5 lamps in collaboration with the Danish lamp brand Louis Poulsen. In a film available online at bygninga.dk, Louise Sass explains how the colours on the lampshades were developed in a carefully graduated colour scale – watch film.

3

Linear Stack, 1995. Length of fabric. Handprinted (one-off), screen-print, chemical resist- and discharge print, reactive dye, cotton

4

Nomad Cabin, 1994. Prototype. Skeleton: aluminium, plastic, brass. Outer shell and shelves: ramie fabric. Hand-printed (one-off), screen-print, reactive dye, mechanical resist-print.

5

Bricks Red, 2016. Wall frieze. Hand-printed (one-off), screen-print, reactive dye, cotton.

6

Bricks Blå, 2016. Wall frieze. Hand-printed (one-off), screen-print, reactive dye, cotton.

7

Labyrinth, 2008. Wall frieze. Hand-printed (one-off), screen-print, discharge-print, reactive dye, cotton.

8

Orange-gray-black, 2021. Textile mounted in layers. Hand-printed (one-off), reactive dye, cotton.

9

Gray-black-yellow, 2021. Textile mounted in layers. Hand-printed (one-off), reactive dye, cotton.

10

The Mask, 2017. Textile mounted in layers. Hand-printed (one-off), reactive dye, cotton.

11

Black-red-yellow, 2018. Textile mounted in layers. Hand-printed (one-off), reactive dye, cotton.

12

Sodium Solstice 2021. Wall frieze. Textile in four sections, mounted in layers.

13

No one shall say #1, large orange-brown-yellow, 2001. Handprinted (one-off), screen-print, chemical resist- and direct print, reactive dye, cotton.

14

No one shall say #8, medium orange-brown-yellow, 2001. Handprinted (one-off), screen-print, chemical resist- and direct print, reactive dye, cotton.

15

No one shall say #2, large grey-violet-red, 2001. Handprinted (one-off), screen-print, chemical resist- and direct print, reactive dye, cotton.

16

No one shall say #7, medium green-red-gray, 2001. Handprinted (one-off), screen-print, chemical resist- and direct print, reactive dye, cotton.

17

En route #1, 1996. Wall frieze. Handprinted (one-off), screen-print, discharge and direct print reactive dye, silk.

18

UT #5, 2009. Handprinted (one-off), reactive dye, cotton.

19

Riding in the Dark, 2010. Wall frieze. Hand-printed (one-off), reactive dye, cotton.

20

Falling down a Mountain, 2010. Hand-printed (one-off), reactive dye, cotton.

21

In the Dark, 2010. Hand-printed (one-off), reactive dye, cotton.

22

Turquoise-yellow-black Spolia, 2016. Collage. Hand-printed (one-off), reactive dye, cotton.

23

Pink-green-black Spolia, 2015. Collage. Hand-printed (one-off), reactive dye, cotton.

24

Mother of Pearl, 2011. Wall frieze. Handprinted (one-off), reactive dye, mechanical-resist print, cotton.

25

Colour scale Composition RGB+S, 2010. Wall frieze. Hand-printed (one-off), reactive dye, cotton.

26

Large Colour Scale Composition, orange-blue, 2016. Hand-printed (one-off), reactive dye, cotton.

27

Colour Study, orange-blue #2, 2015. Hand-printed (one-off), reactive dye, cotton.

28

On the way to Torcello #1, 2010. Wall frieze. Hand-printed (one-off), screen-print, reactive dye, cotton.

29

No one shall say, #1-14, 2001. Series with one-off textile prints. Exhibited first time at the Danish Design Center, Copenhagen 2001, with ”Tanka” poems by Tóroddur Poulsen. (Tanka is a japanese Poem using 5-7-5-7-5 syllables).