All Play And No Work

New Work By

Calvin Ross Carl &

Matt Jacobs

HQHQ Project Space

232 SE Oak St. #108

Portland, OR 97217

December 4th, 2014 - January 4th, 2015

All work and no play make Jack a dull boy.

All play and no work make Jack a mere toy.

The addition of the flip-side statement “All play and no work make Jack a mere toy” in the above version of this, otherwise, widely-known proverb was first published in the novel Harry and Lucy Concluded by Maria Edgeworth in 1825, nearly 200 years after it was originally published by James Howell. In its context as an exhibition title, it aims to challenge the age-old fantasy concerning the aesthetics of artists work (the work itself, and not necessarily the end result, mind you.) As is demonstrated by Edgeworth’s reinterpretation of the proverb, we can seek to examine, then disrupt, “play” and “work” as opposite sides of a coin – this contrast only further perpetuated by a “hermeneutics of creativity,” which for all intents and purposes call up ideas of joy, agency, leisure, and freedom. The upshot is that this distinction, then, exclusively frames the idea of “work” as holding purview over the surrender of these states-of-being.

In All Play, two innately curious and playful artists present new works, which harmonize with one another to question the ways in which frivolity, anxiety, pleasure, and humor play into the human response to work in 2014. With a bright and varied color palette as a visual password, one is able to navigate the works with attention to application, execution, and embedded meaning.

Carl’s new works dive headfirst into text, graphic imagery, and repeated outlining, while Jacobs’ deploy materials, which curiously re-present everyday objects. In both cases the end result exists on the fringe of repurposing its very source material. In a similar manner, both artists’ works provide entryways through surface, color, and texture, which allow the audience to share in an innate joy associated with making through a common language of implied repetition and intuitive action.

The Richest Man in the Cemetery (401K)

Calvin Ross Carl

2014

Backwards Painting 11 (Baker's Onions Chevron)

Matt Jacobs

2014

Left

Big Town Small Dreamer (Give Up)

Calvin Ross Carl

2014

Right

Give Me Your Answer Do (Kiss Her Goodbye)

Calvin Ross Carl

2014

Backwards Painting 19

Matt Jacobs

2014

Why Would You Smile at a Time Like This?

Calvin Ross Carl

2014

Backwards Painting 20

Matt Jacobs

2014

Stop Believing (Things You Can’t See)

Calvin Ross Carl

2014

Backwards Painting 13 (Grown4U)

Matt Jacobs

2014

6:30PM Session on Empathy

Calvin Ross Carl

2014

Backwards Painting 18

Matt Jacobs

2014

Documantation courtesy of Ash Gifford for ArtAndAboutPDX

Calvin Ross Carl is an artist and designer, born in Spokane, WA. He now works in Portland, OR, where he received a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Intermedia in 2008 from Pacific Northwest College of Art (PNCA). Carl has recently exhibited at Ditch Projects in Springfield, OR, LVL3 Gallery in Chicago, IL, Lawndale Art Center in Houston, TX, NEPO House in Seattle, WA and Clark College Archer Gallery in Vancouver, WA. His work has been exhibited in Portland, OR at Half/ Dozen Gallery, Gallery Homeland, New American Art Union, Blackfish Gallery, and Tractor Gallery. He currently Co-Directs Carl & Sloan Contemporary

Matt Jacobs is an artist working in Philedelphia, PA, where he is currently pursuing his MFA at the Tyler School of Art, Temple University. He receieved his BFA in 2010 from the Kansas City Art Institute and has exhibited nationally and internationally. He recently exhibited at The Art Gym in Portland, OR, the Bemis Center for Contemporary Art, Omaha, NE, Skaftfell Center for Visual Arts, Seyoisfjorour, Iceland, Glass Curtain Gallery, Dolphin Gallery, and Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art.