Shunpike’s Storefronts program returns to South Lake Union with a new series for the dark days of winter. From 3-D abstractions to carousel horses, manipulated photos of water, kinetic birds, and needle-felted white deer, we are proud to present these eight new installations from our roster.
soak stain-bleed bloom
To mix, to stir, to dunk, to dye, to drop, to soak, to fold, to slather: these drawings index the residue of simple physical processes set into motion. Folded, gridded paper serves as support for alchemical investigations- a type of proto-scientific play in which dry pigment and dye, iodine and ink and their respective solvents, soak, stain, bleed and bloom into enigmatic, hands-off images that map both body and psyche.
Branches appear, not in their natural surroundings, but emerging from the flat, straight background of a manmade structure, an exercise in contrast and texture. Take a detour from the stolid city buildings and into the woods. Can you see the trees as they grow back behind these flat, plain walls? “The woods are lovely, dark, and deep…”
Birds on a Wire
Birds on a Wire is a kinetic stage-set, an exploded cuckoo clock, a play on inside and outside, on gravity, on the act of looking. The casual observer may see stillness or movement at any given moment, doubt their vision, rub their eyes and look again.
Lily Belle and Stargazer
Lily Belle and Stargazer is from the series of large carousel horse paintings called The Secret Lives of Carousel Horses. Exploring happiness and freedom, leaving the carousel life behind, these figures prance away to discover new and interesting lives. They are light-hearted avatars, created with painterly attention to elements that reinforce a sense of joyous, self-chosen freedom.
Endangered references the Marin white deer, two Asian species introduced at Point Reyes, CA in the mid-century. Today there are no active breeding populations due to intentional extermination, and the remaining Marin white deer are expected to die out within the next 10 years. Made of needle-felted white wool, these ghostly deer reappear as vanquished figures, bound with limbs twining them together. Corresponding to the phases of time, the states of matter, and the cycles of life, these figures remind us of our inextricable relationships in the world.
Light and Line
Windows are a passage between two worlds, the inner and the outer. With reflections and layers of lines Light and Line plays with these notions, placing the viewer within the window amid chaos and movement. Dynamic from every angle, with uncertain depth and a vibration of line, this piece changes as you pass, expanding on Millett’s graphic and painted works into a fractured landscape.
Water can be controlled, contained and directed – these manipulated digital images using water as a subject subtly challenge our vision, our grasp on ephemeral and liquid states, the magic of a single moment that cannot be held.
Artist and scenic designer Michiko Tanaka’s Underwater installation is influenced by her stint as a stained glass artist working in churches and cathedrals. She uses traditional theatre set painting and lighting techniques to create a simulacrum of a stained glass window influenced by Japanese fables.