July 9–23, 2016

Opening Reception

Saturday, July 9, 2016

Closing Reception

Saturday, July 23, 2016


Portland Mercury


After much consideration, Carl & Sloan Contemporary has decided to close our doors at the end of July. To say goodbye, we are very proud to present Skin Broken By Prisms by Jovencio de la Paz as our last and final exhibition. The show opens Saturday, July 9, 2016, 6–10pm and will run through July 23. Details for a special closing reception will be announced soon.

Jovencio de la Paz traverses a no man’s land surrounded by conventionally accepted and understood norms. His techniques lie between traditional southeast Asian and modern modes of making. His imagery between runic abstraction and simplified figuration. His materials between textiles, painting and the quotidian. The thread binding these parts together is a series of symbols and patterns derived from personal observations viewed through a distinctive queer lens.

Inspired by these in-between existences, de la Paz’s new work includes wall-based screen prints on wool with irregular edges as if they are hides or skins. They are filled with indefinable shapes and bombastic colors which create abstracted languages and glyphs. He also opens a new line of inquiry into wall-based sculptures using winding steel rods and loose hanging felt.

When combined, the body of work results in objects, artifacts and heirlooms of an in-between culture. One which is not quite unknown, but not completely familiar.

Skin Broken By Prisms by Jovencio de la Paz opens Saturday, July 9, 2016, 6–10pm and will run until July 23. For more information, please contact the gallery at 360.608.9746 or info [at] carlsloan.com

Jovencio de la Paz

Jovencio de la Paz is an artist and educator living and working in Eugene, Oregon. His work, located in the fluctuating territory of textile, painting and installation, utilizes craft processes in cloth to engage a queer aesthetic vernacular. Born in Singapore in 1986, Jovencio de la paz received a BFA in Fiber and Material Studies from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago in 2008, and an MFA in Fibers from the Cranbrook Academy of Art in 2012; He has had solo and group exhibitions both nationally and internationally, most recently at ThreeWalls, Chicago, IL; 4th Ward Projects, Chicago, IL; The Museum of Contemporary Craft, Portland, OR; The Sculpture Center, Cleveland, OH; SOIL Gallery, Seattle, WA; Roots & Culture Contemporary Art Center, Chicago; The Hyde Park Art Center, Chicago; MessHall, Chicago; Uri Gallery, Seoul, South Korea. among others. Jovencio de la Paz is currently Assistant Professor and Head of Fibers at the University of Oregon, Department of Art, School of Architecture & Allied Arts. He regularly teaches at schools of art, craft, and design throughout the country, including the Ox Bow School of Art in Saugatuck, MI and the Arrowmont School of Craft in Tennessee. He is also a co­founder of the collaborative group Craft Mystery Cult, established in 2010.