March 12–April 17, 2016

Opening Reception

Saturday, March 12, 2016
6:00–10:00 PM

Closing Reception

Saturday, April 16, 2016
6:00–9:00 PM


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Carl & Sloan Contemporary is pleased to present a solo exhibition of new sculptures by Emily Counts. The show opens March 12, 2016, 6–10pm and will run through April 17.

The work of Emily Counts is an incredibly complex system of mystical symbolism, ropes joining disparate elements, and body-like vessels being penetrated (both lovingly and violently). These sculptures concurrently create a sense of mystery and intrigue alongside fear and unease.

However, there is one thing which truly stands out in her carefully crafted ceramics. It is hidden away in these disjointed bodies and objects attempting to connect with fine, delicate wires. It is the feeling as if Counts is capturing all the joys and dangers, but especially the magic of love and lust in the age of the Internet.


Something nearly indescribable which becomes even more abstracted in our times of disjointed communication and technological isolation. But you know magic when you see it and it hits you square in the chest. Then lulls you under its spell.

Emily Counts opens Saturday, March 12, 2016, 6–10pm and will run until April 17. For more information, please contact the gallery at 360.608.9746 or info [at]

Emily Counts appears courtesy of Nationale (Portland, Oregon)

Emily Counts

Emily Counts was born in Seattle, WA, and currently lives and works in Portland, OR. She studied at the Hochschule der Kunste in Berlin and the California College of the Arts, where she received her BFA. Counts was an artist in residence creating work for associated solo exhibitions at Raid Projects in Los Angeles in 2004 and Plane Space in New York in 2008. She has exhibited at the Torrance Art Museum (Torrance, CA), Garboushian Gallery (Beverly Hills, CA), Nationale (Portland), Disjecta (Portland, OR), Nisus Gallery (Portland, OR), Mark Moore Gallery (Santa Monica, CA), and in Tokyo at Eitoeiko Gallery and Gallery Lara. In 2012, she received grants from both the Oregon Arts Commission and The Ford Family Foundation. Most recently, Counts received a 2016 Project Grant from the Regional Arts & Culture Council. She is represented by Nationale in Portland, Oregon.    

This event was funded in part by the Regional Arts & Culture Council.