Best Portland Art of the Year 2012

The Portland art scene lost some
important venues in 2012. After mounting some of the strongest shows in
recent memory, Victory Gallery closed its doors due to economic
necessities. One of the Pacific Northwest’s hippest art and music
spaces, Worksound, concluded its visual arts programming, leaving a hole
in the artistic soul of the east side. And Launch Pad, a hub for
lowbrow art and bohemian socializing, closed when founder Ben Pink moved
to Seattle and tried to run the space from afar, but couldn’t make it
work. On a positive front, a new art space in the Everett Station Lofts,
Cock Gallery, made waves with sexually transgressive work that
challenged viewers’ expectations. And after years of sputtering along
with promises, promises, promises of great programming to come, YU
finally began to deliver the goods. As always, this town’s
artists continued

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