Nov 2019 - Jeff Leake & William Kendall
The title “armies in the clouds” is a quote from philosopher David Hume. He discusses how what people see in clouds, stains, or trees reveals more about themselves than what those things might resemble.
Jeff Leake statement:
One theme that runs through much of my work is the difference between the intended message of the stories and symbols we we use to convey cultural ideals, and how we really interact with our environment and each other. This body of work is, to varying degrees influenced by my experience this past summer in China, at the Swatch Art Peace Hotel Residency, where I spent three months, and in a general sense can be seen as a reflection on the complexity of cultural interactions.
While I have particular things I am thinking while making these, I am always interested to hear the stories that viewers come up with, as such these panels are cut into stylized cloud shapes conveying the notion that what we see in the clouds often reveals something true about ourselves.
William Kendall Statement:
My hope for the art I create is to combine energy, function, decay, color balance and classical art composition meshed with graffiti. As a student of Jesse Reno and a graduate of PNCA I have taken away a strong sense of process that is rooted in what I call the “ghosting method”, things just materialize while building layers.
I was about thirty years old when I first attempted to make visual art and the process proved to be fulfilling in a way that nothing had never before. Primarily because I could make it alone. Most days I am so grateful for the ability to make art and to be able to share it with others.
Oct 2019 - Curtis Settino and Jeremy Gregory “Neck of the Woods”
Oct 12 - Concert (Canoofle improv music: 20th anniversary show)
Nov 1 - Art talk (working on show and for McMenamins)
Neck of the Woods came about after Jeremy and Curtis met working together on McMenamins’ new Elks Temple in Tacoma, WA. Working side by side they discovered many connections. Both artists enjoy a moody whimsical style, are animators, have a connection to skateboarding, and enjoy creating worlds and stories! Once they decided to share a show, they started working independently as well as making several trips to each other’s studios for intensives. The show features lots of puppets and diorama-like sets and scenes. Paintings and prints are included throughout showing 2D versions of the 3D elements.
Curtis and Jeremy describe Neck of the Woods as:
Something about growing the seeds of imagination, letting the stories have a physical form, and then exploring their stories through that form... dissecting our own creativity = exploding house... how long do you play with dolls before they turn real...imagination grants them true lives…
Sept 2019 - Joanie Krug with guest artist Kim Murton "Serendipity"
Sept 14 - Performance (Street Roots Voices)
Gallery member Joanie Krug brings a series of paintings and drawings that embody the spirit and gesture of women -- in motion and with emotion. In these times of political chaos, gun violence, xenophobia, climate emergencies and more, seeking the precious moments in daily life is essential. "Serendipity," the ability to make valuable and unpredictable discoveries, refers to both Joanie's process and the content of her work. This exhibit reveals the result of her exploration of the use of the mediums as well as honoring the ongoing evolving connections among women.
Kim Murton is an Illustrator and Ceramic Artist living across the river in Vancouver, WA.
“For this show I decided to print some of my drawings on fabric and see what happens when they are sewn and quilted.” There will be Digital prints and Ceramic wall pieces as well.
This event will be co-sponsored by several groups including Street Roots, Pearl District Neighborhood Association, Pearl District Business Association, Old Town Association and Downtown Neighborhood Association in order to promote community helping community.
Aug 2019 - James Reed & Gary Wiseman "...'not not: in view of'..."
Aug 10 - Artist talk
Aug 24 - Performance and mini symposium
James Reed presents an exhibition of drawing, mixed media and objectism which emerged from working with lime, vinegar and asking, "What do the silent and invisible processes look like that are active and informing our views?" James Reed emigrated to the United States from South Africa in 2010. He Lives in Portland, OR. He has exhibited locally and internationally.
Gary Wiseman is an artist, facilitator, writer, and musician. He has exhibited and performed at such places as Portland Pataphysical Society, Flux Factory, the PICA TBA festival, The Douglas F. Cooley Memorial Gallery, and The Housatonic Museum. Wiseman was the 2015 inaugural Signal Fire Tinderbox artist in residence and received the PNCA Dorothy Lemelson scholarship from 2009-2014. Wiseman co-founded Place, a 4000 square foot installation-based gallery on the top floor of Pioneer Place Mall, with Gabe Flores in 2010 and formed the collective Kitchen Sink PDX (2005-2007) with Alicia Eggert. Wiseman was born on Mt. Tabor and grew up in SE Portland, OR. He emigrated to Australia in 1993 and lived there until 2003 when he returned to Portland where he remains.
July 2019 - Members show "Redoux"
The members of Gallery 114 will share the gallery space for a genuinely diverse show featuring collage, sculpture, photography, and painting. Redoux is defined as “bringing back” and the yearly members’ exhibit allows us all to show our work together – not the same as last year’s show, but rather where each of us has gone since exhibiting our past work.
June 2019 - Juried show "Decadence + Desire"
We live in a world where excess and want are polarized into extremes. When we have what we need, we can always acquire more, and when we lack the necessities, wanting is all we have. What shape does desire take? How do you trace the boundaries of decadence? Where are their intersections? How much is Too much? What is enough? How do we measure our consumption, our needs and wants, our materialism in terms of decadence + desire? In June, Gallery 114 presents a juried exhibit of artworks that explore these themes on a personal, political, cultural or social level. DECADENCE + DESIRE includes 21 artists from throughout the United States – Oregon, Washington, Pennsylvania, New York, Colorado, New Mexico, California, Maryland, Massachusetts, Illinois, Texas, Virginia, North Carolina, and Wisconsin. Sculpture, painting, printing, photography, paper quilting and mixed media are included in the exhibit.
May 2019 - Mary Jo Mann & Heather McGeachy "Reflections and Shapeshifters"
May 4 - Artist talk
May 19 - Reading (David Oates & Annie Lightart)
Mary Jo Mann presents a body of work entitled “Reflections” which offers viewers a quiet and contemplative space. The work is an expression of her time sitting by a small lake and willow tree during an artist residency in Caylus, France. The abstract paintings, done primarily with ink on canvas, speak of the human experience in nature. The medium’s fluidity and transparency expresses the mesmerizing experience of the watery environment by the lake. Complimenting her paintings is ceramic sculpture reminiscent of botanical and rock forms found in nature.
Heather McGeachy's time spent in France was filled with a rush of productivity. Focusing on themes that have been lingering in the background for years, she was able to give over to dissecting the complicated relationship humans have with the natural world. Her show, titled “Shapeshifters,” reflects an exploration of the moments when we strive to be of the natural order and less segregated from our environments and our animal brethren.
Apr 2019 - Juried show "Untethered"
Apr 13 - Panel discussion (Mark Andres, Daniel Peabody, Amy Bay, Tamara English, and Kendra Larson)
What does it mean for a work of art to be beautiful in 2019? That question was posed to the artists who applied for this exhibit. The theme is challenging--in part because the contemporary art world has dubbed beauty a dirty word. Dave Hickey tried to rescue it from the onslaught of art criticism with his collection of essays in The Invisible Dragon in the '90s. The three artists William Park, Ruth Ross, and Poca Kim took up Gallery 114's invitation to challenge that critical taboo, and they reassert in their own ways the place of beauty in art. These artists presented individual work based in a powerful and moving quality embedded in a strong aesthetic, a key criterion in their selection.
Mar 2019 - David Slader & Owen Carey
Mar 7 - Performance (live art models)
Mar 16 - Play (Rusty Tennant)
Mar 26 - Reading (Street Roots)
A painter and a photographer explore the longings, hopes and passions of the decorated and tattooed human figure,
For March 2019, Gallery 114 present InkBodySkinPaint+Fire, a joint show featuring the decorated and tattooed human figure, featuring painter David Slader and photographer Owen Carey. The theme for the show was sparked by a remark that the figures in Slader’s paintings were tattooed. Carey picked up on that thread, creating a series of intimate portraits of people whose body art is their personal journal, expressing their intimate stories, traumas and yearnings. Each of Carey’s models has a personal story of perseverance and is available for interviews.
Feb 2019 - Portland Grid Project