Andrea Land & Bobby Abrahamson

Andrea Land – In My Room

Bobby Abrahamson & Lisa Wells – The 45th Parallel

November 4th – 27th

Opening Reception: Friday, November 4th 6-9pm

Opening Night Video Installation by
Jennifer Steensma Hoag



Newspace Center for Photography is pleased to announce an exhibition of photographs by Andrea Land.  Ms. Land was selected as the recipient of a solo show at Newspace by Darren Ching from our 2010 National Juried Exhibition.


Andrea Land Statement:
I enter into the process of creating a photograph on both a conscious and subconscious level. My portraits of children contain various layers of information relating to the artist, the subject and a mutual exchange between the two. The work seeks to explore the psyche of complex individuals. Each young girl, while physically existing in the natural world, also thrives in another realm, an insular dream state, with her gaze turned inward. The photographs exist as both fictional and autobiographical creations (growing up in an all female, Midwest household). Relating to the temporary situation of childhood, I am fascinated by young individuals’ imagination and intensity of experience. My curiosity about childhood, as a state of limbo and a game of illusion, creates additional layers with which to contemplate. Visually exploring the girls’ stances and embellished environments, the audience enters into a private world of vulnerability, isolation, imagination and memory. A delicate balance exists between the real and the imagined, the beautiful and the grotesque.

Andrea Land Bio:
Andrea Land holds an Master of Fine Arts in photography from the San Francisco Art Institute (SFAI Master of Fine Arts Fellowship, 2006-2008) and a Bachelor of Fine Arts in photography and Bachelor of Arts in French with a minor in art history from Missouri State University. She currently teaches at both the undergraduate and graduate level at Academy of Art University and has also taught art courses at Drury University, Missouri State University, Missouri Fine Arts Academy, and UC Berkeley (ASA). Her artwork has been exhibited extensively both nationally and abroad, including The Center for Photography at Woodstock, Irvine Contemporary,Washington, D.C.; the Edward Hopper House, Marin Museum of Contemporary Art, Novato, CA; Griffin Museum of Photography, Winchester, MA.



Author Lisa Wells, and photographer Bobby Abrahamson have teamed up to document struggling small towns in rural Oregon. On Friday November 4th, from 6-9pm, they will present the result of their collaboration, The 45th Parallel, at the Newspace Center for Photography in Portland, Oregon. This project is supported by a grant from the Regional Arts and Culture Council.  Nick Jaina will be playing music during the opening reception.

About the Project
The 45th Parallel profiles three endangered rural towns in Oregon, focusing on economic depression and rising energy deficits that render rural life increasingly more difficult to sustain. The series includes interviews with local residents, essays by author Lisa Wells, and portraits of residents by photographer Bobby Abrahamson.

On November 4th Wells and Abrahamson will give a Q & A, and Wells will read from her manuscript. Abrahamson’s prints will be on display in the Newspace Center for Photography’s Special Exhibitions Gallery through November 27th.

Lisa Wells lives in Portland, OR. A writer whom Derrick Jensen calls “an extraordinary young talent,” Her first book, Yeah. No. Totally. was released this summer by Perfect Day Publishing. Wells has previously published inColdfront, Gently Read, The Nervous Breakdown, Plazm, Ecotone, Dunes Review and 400 Words. She’s received fellowships from Caldera Arts, Hypatia House, and the Vermont Studio Center.

Bobby Abrahamson, is a documentary photographer living in Portland, Oregon. His career has included countless solo and group shows across the globe. He’s shot for TIME, Fortune, and The New York Times, among others. He has an M.A. in Media Studies from The New School, with a focus on documentary history, theory and criticism. His book, One Summer Across America, was described as; a perfectly sequenced exploration of the American character, expressed not by isolation, but landscape, partnership, and belonging.



Jennifer Steensma Hoag will be screening two video pieces titled Separation and Nearly Five.

Hoag earned her MFA from Rochester Institute of Technology, Rochester, New York (1992), and is currently an assistant professor at Calvin College, Grand Rapids, Michigan. Her solo exhibitions include Interpreting Mary at Campos Photography Center, Rochester and Terra Incognita at both the Urban Institute for Contemporary Arts, Grand Rapids, Michigan, and the Adams Hall Gallery at Wheaton College, Wheaton, Illinois. Her work has also been exhibited at such places as Flatfile Photography Gallery, Chicago; Paint Creek Center for the Arts, Rochester, Michigan; Gallery Arcadia, Grand Rapids, Michigan; and the Center for Land Use Interpretation, Wendover, Utah.