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Wednesday 12.30.09

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2009 PORT Readers Survey

The results of our first ever Portland art scene reader's poll are in and it definitely confirms that 2009 was an extremely interesting and active year. Overall, these things tend to favor young emerging artists whose social networks (formed in art school) tend to rally round popularity contests like this. Still, it's a worthwhile exercise and the results do reflect quality as well as popularity. In some cases the margins were so overwhelming that it forms a kind of art scene consensus.

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Ruth Ann Brown

Art Scene MVP 2009: With a commanding majority of 68.2% of the votes Ruth Ann Brown ran away with this category. Her successful Couture Series at NAAU channeled and funded one of the scene's biggest strengths, installation art. I guessed this would be the result but the voting margins were even more heavily stacked than expected. Sure there were lots of write ins and grumblings about this category but facts were 2009 was RAB's year.

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Oregon Painting Society's Radiant Dream Face (installation view)

Favorite solo art exhibition in Portland for 2009: Radiant Dream Face by Oregon Painting Society at PSU's Autzen Gallery with 21.2% of the votes. Though a group the exhibition qualifies as a solo show since they exhibit as a single artist with an obvious single aesthetic. Not far behind was Ethan Rose's Movements at TBA. Voting was widely dispersed and other shows like MK Guth at Elizabeth Leach, Rose McCormick at NAAU, Arnold Kemp at PDX, Laura Fritz at NAAU, Raphael at PAM, Stephen Slappe at the Art Gym and Vanessa Renwick at NAAU all posted strong double digit #'s as well. Interesting how only Raphael was the only non-local artist to post strong results... I think it speaks both to the "home court" strength of the local scene and the expense of bringing in art from elsewhere.

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Midori Hirose and Joshua Orion Kermiet at Fontanelle

Best group show for 2009: With 21.6% of the votes Joshua Orion Kermiet and Midori Hirosi at Fontanelle Gallery was the clear leader. In second place, China Design Now at PAM and a two way tie for third place between Summer Show at Fourteen30 and Damien Gilley and Ethan Rose at Gallery Homeland, edging Store for a Month out by one vote.

Exhibition space of the year: You can see this one coming too, with 39.9% of the votes NAAU blew away the 17.4% of votes for the Museum of Contemporary Craft. In third place was a tie between the Portland Art Museum and Reed's Cooley Gallery, both capturing 11.6% of the votes. Like most categories voting was widely spread amongst many choices with no one emerging with a majority.

Alternative space of the year: With 22.6% of votes Rock's Box held a commanding lead over Gallery Homeland with 15.2% of votes. In third place was Littlefield at 12.2% with Appendix, Tractor and Worksound not far behind.

Best dressed art scenester: Ok this was just for chuckles and frankly ANY survey that doesn't include Glenda Goldwater as a choice isn't terribly comprehensive... she received 1 write-in vote (same as me and Im a shining example of "what not to do.") Winners were a tie between the ever stunning Jeanine Jablonski and the stunned Patrick Rock at 24%.

Biggest debut in Portland: With 20.1% of the vote Midori Hirosi held off a last minute surge by Ryan Pierce (16.9%) who also edged out Jordan Tull by just 1 vote for the #2 slot.

Congratulations to all of the winners and thanks to all of our readers (especially the ones that took the time to do the survey).

Posted by Jeff Jahn on December 30, 2009 at 19:32 | Comments (0)


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