Carl & Sloan Contemporary is pleased to present Throw Me the Idol I Throw You the Whip, a solo exhibition of new paintings by Grant Hottle. The show opens November 7, 2015, 6–10pm and will run through December 13.
Grant Hottle’s paintings are filled edge to edge with a mass of tattered shapes, twisted ribbons and gestural lines. These elements intertwine within a dark and formless haze and never quite enter the realm of the recognizable. The space is confused further by Hottle’s playful, yet calculated mix of painterly techniques alternating between planar abstraction and illusionistic painting. The shapes float as ambiguous pieces of debris culled from Hottle’s varied interests in heavy metal imagery, domestic architecture, horror movies, comic books and classical painting.
Even the exhibition’s title is an appropriated piece of pop culture debris. It is a moment of dialogue in Indiana Jones and the Raiders of the Lost Ark, where a relatively calm, yet tense pause occurs in-between climactic action sequences. Its quietness emphasizes the dynamism and drama on either side of the pause.
Hottle’s paintings hang in a similar moment of transitional time. The action has been paused forever. This leaves the viewer disoriented and unclear of what came before and what has yet to come.
Throw Me the Idol I Throw You the Whip by Grant Hottle opens Saturday, November 7, 2015, 6–10pm and will run until December 13. For more information, please contact the gallery at 360.608.9746 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Hottle’s work has been shown in solo, two person collaborations, and group exhibits across the country at venues including the Galleries of Contemporary Art at University of Colorado Colorado Springs, the Torrance Art Museum, the Seattle Art Museum Gallery, Southern Oregon University, the University of Arkansas, Swarm Gallery in Oakland, SamsØn in Boston, and Disjecta’s 2012 Biennial. His paintings are in the permanent collections of the Hallie Ford Museum of Art, the University of Oregon, and Portland Community College Rock Creek.
Hottle has received support from the Oregon Arts Commission and the Ford Family Foundation, the Regional Arts and Culture Council, and the Clark College Faculty Development Fund. He lives and works in Portland.