Press Release

Purple Mountain Majesty seeks logical and structured interpretations of a world identified as unstable.

The transformation of workplace ordinance into formalist trope, places all the paranoia of being a worker, such as economic concerns and being under-appreciated, onto the same playing field as the pride associated with past aesthetic ideals of transcendence and progression through structure.

The enamel paint used on the objects in Purple Mountain Majesty are American government ordained colors designating hazardous areas in the workplace. Yellow and black is a physical hazard, blue and white is a water hazard, yellow and magenta is a radioactive hazard, etc.

Here, formalist aesthetics serve as an allegory for the oppressive, dehumanizing nature of the workplace and its economic woes. Meanwhile, utilitarian goods act as reminders of the individual worker’s effort and our modern American landscape. With common construction materials, brand names, and the handmade, my work seeks to establish a uniform cultural value between labor, leisure, and domesticity.

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Calvin Ross Carl was born the son of a woodworker in the industrial wasteland of Spokane, WA. Carl now lives and works in Portland, OR, and he received a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Intermedia in 2008 from Pacific Northwest College of Art (PNCA). His work has been exhibited at Gallery Homeland, Portland, OR; New American Art Union, Portland, OR; Blackfish Gallery, Portland, OR; Milepost 5, Portland, OR; Tractor Gallery, Portland, OR; Half/Dozen Gallery, Portland, OR.



My work seeks the beautiful and phenomenal in the mundaneness of the American working-class experience. I reinterpret common materials of the American work environment through the lens of formal aesthetics, in order to assess and transcend the material’s original cultural purpose and worth.

Curriculum Vitae


BFA in Intermedia, Pacific Northwest College of Art, Portland, OR, 2008

Selected Exhibitions

2010 Purple Mountain Majesty, Half/Dozen Gallery, Portland, OR
FOG: A Summer Group Show, Half/Dozen Gallery, Portland, OR
SQFT, Blackfish Gallery, Portland, OR
2009 Incompletely, Gallery Homeland, Portland, OR
2009 Store for a Month, Portland, OR
2009 Transfixed, Gallery Homeland, Portland, OR
2009 Reinvestigating Peter Halley, Milepost 5, Portland, OR
2009 Push Up, Appendix Project Space, Portland, OR
2008 Split Shift, Tractor Gallery, Portland, OR
2008 Prints For PICA 2008, TodayArt Studios, Portland, OR
2008 Dovetail Deux, New American Art Union, Portland, OR
2008 Holy Sheet, Gallery Homeland, Portland, OR
2008 A Diversion of Industry, Pacific Northwest College of Art: Gallery 214, Portland, OR
2007 Prints For PICA 2007, TodayArt Studios, Portland, OR
2007 Natural Selection, Pacific Northwest College of Art: BFA Gallery, Portland, OR


2009 Incompletely, Gallery Homeland, Portland, OR