After years of trying to open their own gallery, local artist couple Ashley Sloan and Calvin Ross Carl found themselves a spot between the Dancin' Bare strip club and Wells Fargo ATM on N. Interstate Ave. Carl & Sloan Contemporary will take over the space previously Nisus Gallery in Kenton's Disjecta arts building, a creative hub tucked in the otherwise unembellished northern neighborhood.
As a twofer tonight, Carl & Sloanâs opening coincides with the premier weekend of Austin-based artist Andy Coolquittâs minimalist show at Disjecta. Coolquittâs exhibit is the product of his residency with Portland arts foundation c3:initiative and features a labyrinth of wooden walkways through water features, projection of Portland landscapes and a collection of items he found during this temporary residence in Portland. His theme is straightforward: great art can be anywhere. Carl and Sloan hope itâs especially great next to the Dancin' Bare.