Anna Solcaniova King-- "Anka Gallery was established in August 2008, just before the economy collapsed."
2009 was a very hard year to survive, but it was also a successful and exciting year. We had several incredible shows with many talented artists, and we were consistently stunned by the large numbers of art lovers that came to our openings in support of the gallery, even through these difficult times.
Here are just a few of Anka's shows in 2009: In April 2009 we hosted the "Chair Affair" for Portland's "Community Warehouse", a nonprofit organization that partners with more than 90 local social service agencies to distribute free furniture and basic household items to 65 households in need each week. Chairs and other goods were transformed into works of art by 80 local artists, who used painting, weaving, sculpting and welding to make their signature pieces.
In September 2009 we were proud to present High Hopes, Low Expectations - Trusting the Process by John Wiley Howington: large format Cyanotype prints of what is hidden in Chinatown, and the interaction of the urban landscape with the people and their stories. With a museum-like experience, headphones hung from the ceiling playing recorded interviews of the people depicted in the photographs, as background music and the sounds of Chinatown swirled around the gallery from speakers mounted on the ceiling, with the sounds of a rain storm, or the passing max train and the various sounds of life in the neighborhood.
In October of 2009 we participated in the 100 year's of the Pacific Northwest College of Art - PNCA, with a group show presented by Mark Woolley and the Anka Gallery.
Upcoming: February and March 2010 BAM and the Anka Gallery presents "SuperTrash" Portland. Curated by Jacques Boyreau and Mark Woolley with art direction by Candice Schroeder.
Coming into the new year Anka intends to continue pushing the envelop and challenging ourselves to mount high quality shows that present art we can stand behind as a guarantee of quality based on technique, process, idea or just pure visual presentation.
Anna Solcaniova King, co-founder/curator/artist. Anka Gallery is Anna S. King, Graylan King, Chad Glass, John Graeter.
(Images: October Opening 2009, Anka Gallery, Portland.)
Martha Morgan-- 2010 @ Chambers
2009 started a whole new chapter for Chambers Gallery with the opening of Chambers@916 in the art district of the Pearl in Portland, Oregon. With new digs and a new director, Martha Morgan, Chambers@916 enjoyed media and public attention with its new programming. The gallery offers an intimate, minimalist space complete with a room dedicated to video installation and new media. We are looking forward to continuing our new media programming featuring videos by Scott Wolniak and new work from Blakely Dadson in 2010.
Martha Morgan, director: Martha has worked in the visual arts for 15 years. She's been with Chambers@916 since the summer of 2008.
(Image: Scott Wolniak, Patterning, January 07 - February 27, 2010; Chambers@916, Portland, OR, Improvised Grass (detail), 2008, paper, junk mail, studio debris, glue, wire, and tape. Dimensions variable.)
Jeanine Jablonski-- keeping current on Portland
2009 was a time where you could begin to see the next generation of Portland – in art, design, writing, food, etc – come forward in big ways. Designer Scott Ponik moved to town, local arts writer John Motley received a Creative Capitol | Warhol Grant, both Laurelhurst Market and Olympic Provisions opened; and the Portland art scene remained compelling, its potential is beyond measure.
The year 2009 boasted some incredible exhibitions and art happenings including: SRO Video: Guys Doing Guy Things with Oregon artists Mike Bray, Dan Gilsdorf, Mack McFarland and Stephen Slappe at the Art Gym; SF’s Jennifer Locke and her performance at ROCKSBOX; both Ty Ennis and Rose McCormick’s shows at NAAU; Rush-N-Disco, Ethan Rose and the whole of Washington High School during TBA: 09; and a series of solid exhibitions at the Springfield, Oregon sleeper, Ditch Projects, where they ended the year beautifully with Jesse Sugarmann’s Street Hassle.
We are certainly going to see some big changes over the course of 2010, along with arts programming that will continue to shine. Here at Fourteen30 Contemporary, we have the group exhibition Dark: A Show to Winter opening February 5th, which will include work by Arnold Kemp, Jo Nigoghossian and recent Whitney Biennial pick Alex Hubbard. Our cogent spring line up is two back-to-back solo exhibitions, by Los Angeles artists Sayre Gomez and Natascha Snellman. I’m also excited for Cy Twombly at the Portland Art Museum, Ditch Projects: Eyeglasses & Mustaches @ ROCKSBOX this March, and Joe Thurston at Elizabeth Leach Gallery in the fall.
The best way to keep current on Portland: A Portland Conversation in Culture.
Jeanine Jablonski is the owner and director of Fourteen30 Contemporary in Portland, Oregon.
(Image: Dark: A Show to Winter, February 5 - March 14, 2010; Fourteen30 Contemporary, Portland.)