Calvin Ross Carl’s paintings and objects are exercises in balancing the humble realities of the American home and work environment with the utopian ideals of geometry and design. His process alludes to the digital and mass marketed with a methodical and exacting process. However, closer inspection brings levity to the design with the artist’s hand being very evident in the making.
The words and images in his work concurrently read as provocations, ambiguous slogans, and as disillusioned statements about one’s self and the surrounding world. This creates confusion between one’s blind optimism for an ideal future and one’s willingness to succumb to the idea that this may be as good as it gets.
Calvin Ross Carl is an artist and co-director of Carl & Sloan Contemporary in Portland, OR. He received a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Intermedia in 2008 from Pacific Northwest College of Art (PNCA). Carl has recently exhibited at LVL3 Gallery in Chicago, IL, Ditch Projects in Springfield, OR, Lawndale Art Center in Houston, TX, NEPO House in Seattle, WA and Clark College Archer Gallery in Vancouver, WA. He has also exhibited in Portland, OR at HQHQ, Half/Dozen Gallery, Gallery Homeland, New American Art Union, Blackfish Gallery, and Tractor Gallery.