June 18–August 2, 2015

Opening Reception

Thursday, June 18, 2015
6:00–10:00 PM


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Carl & Sloan Contemporary is pleased to present Gray Minstrel, New York artist Derek Franklin’s first solo exhibition in Portland, Oregon in eight years. Gray Minstrel includes new paintings and sculptures and opens Thursday, June 18, 2015, 6–10pm and will run until August 2.

Let us be intimate with our ancestral ghosts
Sing the songs that old women used to sing
And blow a communal wind that unites a germ traveling to communion
There was a partition where our dominance pulled the gems
From your  ground imbued with witness
This partition, identical to the screen created by water
Between the crayfish and me, exists all of my love for you
Joined only by the yarn, cast to procure desire
Like the soft violence of the piper
The odd stillness of the bodies wrenched out
Excite in ways that feel anointed
Like the cinematic I eat from the feed
Our arms were given to us to carry the impressions 
Which swing to imitations
For current MINSTRELS
That Turkey Trot Abhorrence into our lives
without a trace

Gray Minstrel by Derek Franklin opens Thursday, June 18, 2015, 6–10pm and will run until August 2. For more information, please contact the gallery at 360.608.9746 or info [at] carlsloan.com

Derek Franklin

Derek Franklin, b. 1981 in St. Helens, OR, lives and works in Newark, NJ. He has exhibited at Thierry Goldberg, Simone Subal, Soloway, and Rawson Projects, in New York. Franklin has also exhibited with Document, Andel 31, Vertigo Art Space, Shore Institute for Contemporary Art, First Street Gallery, PDX Contemporary, and Pulliam Gallery. He holds an MFA from Mason Gross School of the Arts at Rutgers University, 2012, and a BFA from Pacific Northwest College of Art, 2009. Franklin is also a partner and director at the artist run space Soloway in Brooklyn, NY.