September 26–October 25, 2015

Opening Reception

Saturday, September 26, 2015
6:00–10:00 PM


Willamette Week
Travel Portland Fall Visual Arts Guide

Carl & Sloan Contemporary is pleased to present a two-person exhibition featuring Los Angeles artist Fay Ray and Seattle artist Robert Yoder. The exhibition opens September 26 and will run until October 25.

In every fairy tale, darkness is destroyed by light, ugliness erased by beauty, villains struck down by heroes, and conflicts calmed by inspiring struggles. Ultimately love and kindness conquers all. However, this ain’t no fairy tale. Fay Ray’s fragmented collages and Robert Yoder’s sparse paintings refuse the simplicity of these dualities and revel in the checks and balances of reality.

In this story, our protagonist has unknown intentions and has all the complexity of an anti-hero. She is filled with lust for the darkness and desire for the light. Her power and machismo are equally matched with emasculated sophistication. Her beauty and civility with a subdued anger containing all the tension of a fully flexed muscle. 

Ray and Yoder revel in being detached from those fairy tale assumptions. Forever hanging in the gray area between a story’s setting and the inevitable climax (in both meanings of the word). Which is not necessarily a good or bad place to be. It’s just a place to be.

Fay Ray & Robert Yoder opens Saturday, September 26, 2015, 6–10pm and will run until October 25. For more information, please contact the gallery at 360.608.9746 or info (at)

Fay Ray

Fay Ray was born in Riverside, California. She first studied at Otis College of Art and Design in Los Angeles from 1998 – 2000. She received her MFA in 2005 from Columbia University School of the Arts, New York where she studied with John Kessler, Rirkrit Tirivanija and Kara Walker among others. She has exhibited at various institutions and galleries including Marine Projects, Santa Monica; Honor Fraser Gallery, Los Angeles; LAXART, Los Angeles; Shoshana Wayne Gallery, Santa Monica; Luckman Gallery, Los Angeles; Gagosian Gallery, New York; and El Museo del Barrio, New York. Ray lives and works in Los Angeles.

Robert Yoder

Robert Yoder is a nationally exhibiting artist with over 25 years of exhibition record. Robert's work has been the focus of numerous solo and group shows across America and Europe.  

Robert has had numerous solo and group exhibitions, including shows at Charles Cowles Gallery, Seattle Art Museum, Frye Art Museum and the Peeler Art Center. His work in is many public collections including Microsoft, Boeing, Hallmark, Nike and Hewlett Packard.  Museums that own his work include Seattle Art Museum, Portland Art Museum (Oregon), Tacoma Art Museum, Museum of Fine Arts Houston, and The Henry Art Gallery. His work is included in the collections of the cities of Seattle, Washington and Portland, Oregon.

Robert was the recipient of a Pollock Krasner Foundation Grant, as well as an Artist Trust Fellowship award and the University of Washington School of Art Alumni Award.  Robert lives in Seattle, Washington, and is the director of SEASON, a dual site gallery.  His work is represented by Frosch & Portmann, New York and Zurich; and Platform, Seattle, Washington.