Calvin Ross Carl’s paintings and objects focus on the contradiction of two polar opposites. One pole is infatuated with the authoritative and potentially inhuman characteristics of flat geometry. The other pole seeks comfort through the appropriation of humble images and materials from the American home and work environment.
Striking balance between those disparate intellectual and emotional forces is central to the process. Handmade imperfections are embraced and begin to imply monotony rather than grace and opticality. This brings levity to highly designed, geometric forms, blurring the edges between lower class and something more refined.
Calvin Ross Carl is an artist and designer, born in Spokane, WA. He now works in Portland, OR, where he received a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Intermedia in 2008 from Pacific Northwest College of Art (PNCA). Carl has recently exhibited at Ditch Projects in Springfield, OR, LVL3 Gallery in Chicago, IL, Lawndale Art Center in Houston, TX, NEPO House in Seattle, WA and Clark College Archer Gallery in Vancouver, WA. His work has been exhibited in Portland, OR at Half/Dozen Gallery, Gallery Homeland, New American Art Union, Blackfish Gallery, and Tractor Gallery.