Eight new installations now on display in South Lake Union

Shunpike proudly presents eight new installations in South Lake Union as part of its acclaimed Storefronts program, on display until July 2017. Examining the exchanges between teachers and pupils, the collaboration between artist and nature, the origin of dragons, the installations span from an accumulation of marks, of ribbon miles, and unifying markers.

All SLU Storefronts are between Westlake and Boren on given cross streets:

 



ARTIST: Amanda Manitach

WORK: Frances Farmer Defends Herself

LOCATION: Harrison Storefront

Manitach_Harrison Storefront East_FrancesIn Manitach’s large-scale wallpaper drawings, text melts into vibrating, hallucinatory design sourced from a 1885 French wallpaper sample. The pieces harken to Charlotte Perkins Gilman’s “The Yellow Wallpaper.” In creating them, she invokes a similar physicality to the story’s protagonist, generating drawings up to 30 feet long made with a 0.5 mm mechanical pencil. The pieces are smudged, worn and covered with fingerprints where the artist’s body has been. “Frances Farmer Defends Herself” (graphite on paper, 52 x 360 inches) contains a quote by Seattle-born film star Frances Farmer following a 1943 arrest for drunk driving: “Listen, I get liquor in my milk, I get liquor in my coffee and in my orange juice, what do you expect me to do, starve to death?” The piece took 44 days to complete.

http://www.amandamanitach.com



ARTIST: Hanako O’Leary

WORK: Kokoro no Koi

LOCATION: Mercer Storefront

OLeary_Mercer Storefront West_KokoroIn Buddhist lore, there is a river called Dragon’s Gate. At the top of this river is a waterfall. According to legend, when a koi fish swims up the river and over the waterfall, they are rewarded with immortality and transformed into a dragon. Many fish visit this river, chasing after the dream of eternal life. A select few make it, but are then faced with an unexpected challenge. At the top of this waterfall, they are met with a mischievous oni, who makes sport out of swatting the fish away. Being thrown back down to the bottom of the river, the koi have to start from the beginning. In Japanese there is a term, “Kokoro no Oni”. This means, “demon of the heart”. In our lifetime we will strive to achieve, working against all odds to transform ourselves into something greater. Upon arrival, we linger at the gate of greatness, spending time and energy, swatting away the hopes and dreams we work towards. The koi and the oni are one in the same. We all have a “kokoro no oni” and greatness can only be achieved once we manage to swim passed them. This piece is a totem to our potential and the fear of fulfilling it.

www.hannyagrrrl.com



ARTIST: Carmi Weingrod

WORK: Tough Love

LOCATION: Republican Storefront

Weingrod_Republican Storefront_Tough“Tough Love” is a collaboration between artist and nature. It shows what can happen when an obsessive printmaker discovers that plywood, like wine and cheese, improves with age. Especially plywood that has languished in a Central WA meadow exposed to extremes of heat, sun, cold, and moisture. Each element chiseled away at the plywood sheets, delaminating the horizontal and vertical plies unevenly to create strangely beautiful objects with dramatic textures and irregular edges. I took over where nature left off. With a love of wood and a respect for toughness, I noted that the plywood had succumbed to time but refused to die. To accentuate the wacky beauty of nature’s work, I incorporated color and collage to inject new life into the irrepressible plywood. All the materials used in this installation are repurposed and come from both sides of the Cascade crest.

http://carmiweingrod.com


 

ARTIST: Amanda Amsel + Elizabeth Arzani

WORK: Tiny Human Moments

LOCATION: Harrison Storefront

Amsel_Harrison Storefront_MomentsTiny Human Moments is a collaborative installation created by Amanda Amsel and Elizabeth Arzani; which investigates the psychological process and energy of exchanges between teachers and pupils. This piece explores the aspect of art education that is a study about stages of artistic development. Observations of young makers’ explorations of line formation and symbol making inspired both Amanda and Elizabeth’s own reactions to a “schema” or way of portraying an object. Phases of learning and the creative process are represented in repetition and reproduction; the art of practicing and transcribing. In recollecting and repeating a mark by means of reprinting a photographed copy, it becomes altered and faded. An implied texture is created of an actual texture. The mark becomes a memory of the original. These memories layered on top and in between the surfaces are making a world of our imagination visible, inspired through the eyes of children.

www.amselart.com

http://www.elizabetharzani.com/



ARTIST: Ilysia Van Deren

WORK: Wider than you thought possible

LOCATION: Thomas Storefront

VanDeren_Thomas Storefront_WiderWider than you thought possible is an exploration of the elusiveness, enigma, and navigation of the unknown. Using hand embroidery, original text addressing these themes is stitched on strips of paper that are constructed into a large, intertwined form. This text is sourced from personal writing meditations which parallels this exploration involving patience, trust, and faith in encountering the unknown in our lives.

www.ilysiavanderen.com



ARTIST: Juliana Kang Robinson

WORK: Pojagi Unity Flags

LOCATION: Mercer Storefront

Robinson_Mercer Storefront_Pojagi.jpgMy recent works are contemplations on the manifestations of territoriality in our world. Often times the human instinct for survival goes awry and manifests as the hoarding of resources, contrived boundaries and unnecessary segregation. My work draws from the visual language of territorial markers and reinterprets them as signals of transformation and unity. In Pogjagi Unity Flags, territorial markers such as flags and banners are misused. They lose their nationalistic or political functions and rely on the unifying elements of shape, color and pattern to convey harmony, diversity and interconnectedness.

www.julianakangrobinson.com



ARTIST: Lady Firm

WORK: Las Fronteras

LOCATION: Mercer Storefront

SONY DSCRepresenting the border of the US and Mexico in fabric, Lady Firm will be sewing 1,954 pieces of golden fabric together with blue thread. Each piece of fabric will represent 1 mile of border. We will suspend the fabric from the ceiling and it will cascade it a pile on the floor. Lady Firm is a collaborative firm created by Priscilla Dobler, a textile sculptor, radiant genius Regina Ruff, an abstract painter and colorful crafty Maureen McCourt, a textile artist.



ARTIST: Jo David

WORK: Portraits of Friends

LOCATION: Mercer Storefront

David_Thomas Storefront_PortraitsThe focus of my current art series is portraiture of friends and artists I know, capturing their likeness and an essence of their character in my studies of them in oil on canvas.

www.MiroirMagazine.com

 

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Shunpike proudly presents two new installations in Bellevue

Two new Storefront installations – A Window Treatment for the New Regime by Catherine Cross Uehera, and Looking forward, Looking back, by Eva Funderbergh – is on view at the Meydenbauer Center in Bellevue, WA, now to July 2017.  Presented by Shunpike as part of its acclaimed Storefronts program, the installations have been sponsored by the City of Bellevue and Meydenbauer Center.

These two artists are tackling the power of humans during transitional times. Eva’s use of natural materials complements Catherine’s use of bright and synthetic items. Their installations play off each other while asking the audience to consider deep themes. Funderburgh’s ‘Looking forward, Looking back’ addresses parenthood, and Uehara’s ‘A Window Treatment for the New Regime’ inspires positive change amidst injustice.

 

 

 

 


Uehara // A Window Treatment for the New Regime

Born in Berkeley California, Catherine Cross Uehera attended Malcolm X elementary school, Berkeley High and the University of California at Davis. She received her MFA in painting from Hunter College in 2000, has exhibited nationally, and is a proud member of SOIL Artist-Run Gallery in Seattle. Catherine is a Seattle based artist who believes strongly in the power that each person has to recognize injustice and effect positive change in the world. “Much like people, things are also so imbued. In a just society there must be order but no hierarchy.”

http://ccuehara.blogspot.com/

 

 

 

 

 


Funderbergh // Looking forward, Looking backward

Eva Funderburgh Eva Funderburgh is a Seattle-based sculptor.  She has a Bachelor’s of Science and Art from Carnegie Mellon University and was one of the founding members of Florentia Clayworks, a local cooperative studio. In 2010, she was an artist in residence in Denmark at the Guldagergaard International Ceramic Research Center. In 2015, she took part in the Seattle’s Office of Arts and Culture award-winning Public Art Boot Camp. She now works in public art, installation, ceramics, and cast bronze.

Describing Looking forward, Looking back, Funderbergh says: “My work deals with the overlap of humanity and the natural world. I use my simple, emotive animal forms to examine human motives and emotions. Storytelling and the idea of myth plays a very large role in my work, but equally so the notion of biology.  By removing the humans from humanity, we are left with our universal animal needs – food, companionship, survival – and a new framework for examining ourselves.”

https://evafunderburgh.com/

 

 

                 

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Shunpike Presents Eight New Storefronts in South Lake Union

Shunpike is proud to present the work of eight Washington State artists in South Lake Union as part of its acclaimed Storefronts program. Examining the built landscape, the interplay of wilderness and civilization, and reflecting on our environment (literally and figuratively), the installations evoke curiosity and new perspectives. These works are now on display until March 2017.


ARTIST: Libby L. Gerber

WORK: Mapping Decay

LOCATION: Thomas Storefronts 

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Libby L. Gerber explores the intersections between urban life, the environment, and people in her multi-disciplinary practice. Gerber exhibits her work in both traditional and unconventional public spaces as well as in formal galleries. “Mapping Decay” is a site-specific drawing of a crack in a sidewalk in South Lake Union. Brightly-colored lines surrounding the crack look like contour lines on a topographical map. It documents the complex connection between people and the natural environment. The map-like quality of the installation points to the back-and-forth nature of this relationship.

www.libbygerber.com

 


ARTIST: Pat Wickline

WORK: Living Drawings

LOCATION: Republican Storefront

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Pat Wickline is a sculptor and installation artist. He creates kinetic portraits using the shadow of rotating wire sculptures. He has worked in this medium since 1999 and has developed his own free-standing shadow display system. In the “Living Drawings” kinetic installation, shadows of slowly rotating wire portrait sculptures are projected onto back-lit paper screens, creating the effect of bringing line drawings to life. Distortion resulting from the projection alters the features and expression of the portraits as they rotate.

www.patwickline.com


ARTIST: Jay Lazerwitz

WORK: Conjugated I

LOCATION: Harrison Storefront 

IMG_0088.JPGJay is an architect and visual artist and has worked in encaustic medium for many years, and more recently translating his painting into cedar log sculptures. The work is very much influenced by a passion for architecture, ecology, and the built environment. He is interested in the dynamic nature of being, seeing, moving through the built environment; bringing together visual references from his own memory of places that he has been, desire to explore, and those imagined pasts and futures.

www.artandarch.net


ARTIST: Roxanne Sticks

WORK: All You Can See Is the Light

LOCATION: Harrison Storefront 

img_0077Roxanne Sticks lets their imagination use them. Roxy hopes to create habitat for the numinous and blasphemous. This work arose from an obsession with Mt. Rainier, a deep awe for our ability to see anything at all, and a desire to know everything.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


ARTIST: Thendara Kida-gee

WORK: ‘Through the Trees’

LOCATION: South Lake Union

IMG_0112.JPGThendara is a multi disciplinary artist whose artistic digestion begins with a taste of the world through photography, from that point the directions are limitless. Her work at South Lake Union fills the space between – becoming its own – the edge of the forest unto itself vs just a portal between two places where one contemplates one own instinctive desires and allegiances to the human world or that of our original nature. Each individual image is reflective of a digital distortion artifact, a bigger picture splintered by poor reception or transmission.

www.thendaramariekidagee.com                                                                                                                                                                          


ARTIST: Stephanie Hsie  and Clay Anderson

WORK: Foil(ed) Vitrine

LOCATION: Harrison Storefront 

IMG_0084.JPGStephanie and Clary  spend their days exploring the built environment, designing spaces that activate streetscapes, and encourage new forms of interaction. They believe creating installations provides an opportunity to explore spaces at a different scale, test new fabrication techniques and study new materials. They wanted to re-activate the vitrine by installing a floating storefront sized patterned foil mirror. The Foil reflects the its community as well as the rapid development that has transformed this neighborhood. It’s patterning and texture are inspired by the spirit of technological innovation that happen everyday inside the building!

                                                                                                                                                                    


ARTIST: Andie DeRoux

WORK: Transforming Within

LOCATION: Mercer Storefront

IMG_0075.JPGAndie DeRoux was born in Seattle Washington and attended Washington State University in Pullman, Washington. She received her B.F.A. with an emphasis in portrait painting, ceramic sculpture and photography. She has been  able to have a deeper discussion with herself and the world through the process of making art. She creates work that continues this intimate conversation with the viewer, growing deeper over time.

www.deroux.com


ARTIST: Wyly Astley

WORK: The Apothecary

LOCATION: John Street

IMG_0121.JPGWyly Astley is a self-taught, multimedia artist. “The Apothecary” is a temporary social experiment in love and healing. The aim of this work is to create a trusting and loving, albeit brief, deep connection between two anonymous people for the sake of lightening, or possibly quelling, a spiritual ailment which will then radiate outward for the benefit of still more people.

www.wylyastley.com

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Call for Artists for 2017

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We are calling for artists to submit proposals for our 2017 Storefronts Program.  Submit your proposal by November 27 to have the application fee waived!

Deadline: December 4, 2016

Learn More & Submit

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Eight Storefronts in South Lake Union until November

Shunpike is proud to present the works of eight artists in our South Lake Union Storefronts exploring themes of nature, society, and decay. These works will be on display until November 8, 2016.

 

“2050” – Terra Holcomb

“2050” - Terra Holcomb

“2050” – Terra Holcomb

Terra Holcomb is a Pacific Northwest environmental artist who creates elaborate, ephemeral dresses and sculptures from natural materials. Her works are meditations on life cycles, transformations and our changing climate. She has refashioned mussel shells into a gown, flower petals and garden insects become mandalas, and leaf dresses are hung and left to decay in the forest. She has given talks about her artistic process at Town Hall in Seattle, received awards for her wearable art and was highlighted in a 2015 Trend Guide in Germany. She can be found in the rainforest on the Olympic Peninsula, the canyons in Tieton or the recovering forests in Twisp. Fittingly, she was named Terra for being born on the first Earth Day.

www.terraholcomb.com


“Viral” – Eva Funderburgh

“Viral” - Eva Funderburgh

“Viral” – Eva Funderburgh

Funderburgh’s work deals with the overlap of humanity and the natural world. She often uses simple, emotive animal forms to examine human motives and emotions. Storytelling and the idea of myth plays a very large role in her work, but equally so the notion of biology.

Humans are intrinsically biological and the growth of cities follows the same biological imperative as a blooming flower or growing tumor. Funderburgh tries to examine this notion without pronouncing a moral judgment on it. Hence, her sculptures may sometime carry entire civilizations on their back, though the question of symbiote or parasite is left open. In this piece, she approaches the biological nature of humanity from a new and microscopic direction.

www.evafunderburgh.com


“Life Stream” – Gloria Lamson

“Life Stream” - Gloria Lamson

“Life Stream” – Gloria Lamson

‘Life Stream’ offers a contemplative, metaphoric vision which reflects upon the journey of our lives and times in this world from birth to death. Lamson wrote the following poem to serve as a statement for this installation.

‘I imagine our lives like threads, moving through time.

Emerging at birth from an ocean of consciousness, and returning again at death.

In between, a mystery, we call life.

In between, we dip in and out of a larger stream,

At times immersed, submerged, renewed and humbled, as the current carries us along.

In between, we play with possibility, of who we are and who we might be,

With what we’ve been given and what we choose.

The path we follow, perhaps only our inner eye can see.

Alone and together we weave the fabric of our lives.’

http://www.glorialamson.com


Seattle Skateboards and Culture” – Anne Moya

Moya’s work explores the relationship between emerging gender roles, lost cultures, pop-culture with a twisted sense of humor.

With influences as diverse as the Duwamish and First Nation tribes, Jean Baudrillard and Patrick Nagel, new combinations are manufactured from both traditional and modern narratives.

 Ever since she was a child she has been fascinated by the essential unreality of the zeitgeist. What starts out as yearning to understand soon becomes corrupted into a manifesto of feminism, advocacy and punk skater counter-culture leaving only a sense of what could have been and the prospect of a new beginning.

 As wavering forms become clarified through frantic and critical practice, the viewer is left with a tribute to the inaccuracies of our existence.

www.apsk8.com


Roots & Vines” – Barbara De Pirro

“Roots & Vines” - Barbara De Pirro

“Roots & Vines” – Barbara De Pirro

A mysterious unexpected form has taken root, its fibrous tendrils clinging to the surface, reaching outward into the landscape. Inspired by nature’s ability to regenerate, De Pirro developed methods that mimic these plant structures, using an invasive fiber as her medium. She collected hundreds of post-consumer plastic bags from the local communities, cut them into strips; and then painstakingly crocheted individual vines that were then woven into this sinuous form.

http://depirro.com/


“dea ex machina” – Ilvs Strauss

“dea ex machina” - Ilvs Strauss

“dea ex machina” – Ilvs Strauss

Back in the day, Greeks would resolve their Greek tragedy plot issues with deus ex machina – literally lowering actors onto the stage from above by use of a giant machine. The actors played gods; whatever seemingly hopeless situation at hand was immediately solved by their intervention. Oh, to be ancient, Greek and tragic.

Strauss uses silhouettes to play with sense of self, scale to play with place in the world, perspective to, well, gain perspective on the notions of ancient/modern, goddess/mortal, tragic/comedic and the illusionary notion that they are opposites.

www.ilvsstrauss.com


“Take a Hike” – Clyde Petersen

“Take a Hike” - Clyde Petersen

“Take a Hike” – Clyde Petersen

Current day, Seattle. Many long term residents have faced displacement after extreme rent hikes, with no rent control in sight. How does it feel to be told, “if you can’t afford the rent, then take a hike.”

www.clydepetersen.com


Colored By Travel | Namibia”

“Colored By Travel | Namibia”

“Colored By Travel | Namibia”

There are things that memory never forgets. Imprint is strong – imprint is unique. A road trip ends, physically, but not its impressions and sensations. Teri feels her most creative when she is traveling. She is moved by the idea that we have longings for unexpected things and experiences to come into our lives. Through sketchbook, camera, and memory, something of the road or a new place is sustained in some form. The images may be blurred, as are the lines between memory and perception. Painting is her way of processing new experiences, trying to capture the essence of a place or moment.

www.tericappart.wordpress.com

All Photos by: Michael B. Maine
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Shunpike is proud to present the work of eight Washington State artists in South Lake Union

Shunpike is proud to present the work of eight  Washington State artists in South Lake Union as part of its acclaimed Storefronts program. Exploring subjects such as the stormy vortexes in life, kinetic wonder, memory, and scale. These works are now on display until July 10, 2016.

 

ARTIST: Lauren Boillini

WORK: Love and War

LOCATION: Mercer East

StickyFingers1 copyLauren Boillini’s studio practice has consistently been large scale, mural-sized oil paintings, though she often works directly on the wall exploring painting as installation. The dimension of her work relates to the size of the human body and the potential for painting to physically overwhelm the viewer. She works directly on the wall as she experiments closely with the architecture, making paintings that engage floor to ceiling.

 

ARTIST: Claire Brandt

WORK: Fins

LOCATION: Harrison West

Brandt FinII_Brandt_2011_300dpi_8ingrew up on Puget Sound and has always loved Orcas. They are a mysterious unknown that she has been aware of her whole life. This work is life-sized in order to make a physical relationship between viewer and animals, what does it feel like to be next to this body? Orcas posses multiple currents of meaning: their literal being, their very bigness and physical power; their otherness and intelligence versus their long and fraught history with humans; as well as their place in human imagination. This work is about power, and about the relationship to the other. Brandt is represented by the Bryan Ohno Gallery.

 

ARTIST: Laura Castellanos

WORK: Cake and Ashes

LOCATION: Republican

bigheadshot“Cake and Ashes” is a series of stuffed sculptures, created from hand-me-downs such as used pillow cases, bed sheets and second hand clothing. Castellanos finds that conjuring with cast off and discarded materials serves my cultural upbringing where resourcefulness was part of my early childhood experience. This approach along with practicing a kind of “kinetic thinking” allows her work to evolve according to its own logic. In this way, she can anticipate unfamiliar characters to take form, nurture them along and then hopefully, find each one emerging with its own unique sense of wonder.

 

 

ARTIST: Aaliyah Gupta

WORK: Flight

LOCATION:Thomas West

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Movement has been a recurring theme in Gupta’s work over the last few years. Most recently she has been intrigued by swarms, the movement of huge numbers of birds, insects and other creatures that move through space in coordinated yet unpredictable ways. Watching murmurations of starlings move through the air, dipping and weaving, swooping and rising up, as if they shared a collective brain made her wonder how they achieved this uniformity of movement.

Swarm research shows that some rules allow for this collective decision making – attraction, repulsion and alignment – and that these simple rules can produce complex behaviors. In large groups, individuals look at what their neighbors are doing and follow their leads, and have to balance staying with the group as well as moving in a desired direction. Researchers have found that just a few leaders are need to guide a swarm effectively. No special signals are sent out, rather their movement biases the movement of the individuals that make up the swarm.

We see mass migrations in nature on a daily basis, as birds, insects, and other creatures travel long distances seeking food, warmth and mating grounds. These days, human migration is making headlines every day as large numbers of displace people are traveling huge distances at great risk, seeking shelter and safety from war, violence and oppression.

ARTIST: Naoko Morisawa

WORK: Evergreen Harvest/Green roots

LOCATION: Mercer West

A garden hose is an everyday tool, but every time water runs inside it, the hose is active and seems to live for me. Morsiawa wanted to convey this sense of the material’s alive-ness to the audience, and decided that an object made of hose tube looks having the life and this unique work should serve the purpose. Seattle based artist is known for her award-winning work in wood mosaic. Her artworks, made from thousands of very small slices of natural and oil-stained wood, explore imaginary of everyday natural and manufactured items, such as wave, waterfall, or shoes and abstraction. Morisawa currently developing a body of experimental work using other materials such as cardboard and garden hose. www.naokomorisawa.com

 

ARTISTS: P. Calavara

WORK: (a crowd of) Bopes, 2016

LOCATION: John Street

JB_1This piece features a style of artwork and personage that the artists refer to as “The Bopes.” The Bopes are the Calavara twins’ (current) preferred method for commenting on the absurdities of modern life, which sounds really passé, but is still better than just saying that they like drawing silly cartoon characters drinking coffee. The Bopes have featured on coffee mugs, shirts, installations, and the Random Excuse Generator at AllGoodExcuses.com.

 

ARTIST: Dulcinea Rattet

WORK: Colorscapes

LOCATION: Harrison East

Colorscape IXWhether she is trying to capture a dream or embody an idea, Dulcinea Rattet’s Colorscapes are a way of releasing her thoughts while simultaneously indulging in her lust for color. Sometimes her brushstrokes are methodical and cautious; other times they are visceral and uninhibited. This process is energizing; it allows the physical movements of the body to hold equal importance to the paintings. Rattet’s mental space is often difficult to translate in words but easier to depict in color – these paintings transform that mental space into a physical space that can be shared with the viewer.

 

ARTIST: Caroline Rousseau

WORK: The Butterfly Project

LOCATION: Thomas East

image6“The Butterfly Project” is a small, fun presentation and preservation that captures the idea of beauty in nature and celebrated memories at the same time. These small works remind Rousseau of summer days and the delicate beauty of butterflies darting about – fragile and beautiful, like memories of celebrations she doesn’t want to ever forget. The idea of that movement reveals an inherent grace and awkwardness at the same time, a lightness and love for our own vulnerabilities and past shared memories.

 

 

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Shunpike Presents Two New Storefront Installations in Bellevue, WA

Two new Storefront installations – Piling/Peek by Amy Hamblin, andFukushima Mon Amour, by Aria Riding – will be on view at the Meydenbauer Center in Bellevue, WA, from February 4, 2016 to July 2016. Presented byShunpike as part of its acclaimed Storefronts program, the installations have been sponsored by the City of Bellevue and Meydenbauer Center.

Amy Hamblin is a studio artist living and working in Seattle. Her artwork has been shown in Japan and nationally at venues that include: Vrej Baghoomian Gallery in NYC, Seattle Art Museum’s “Party in the Park”, Mirabella Foundation in Seattle, Pilchuck Glass School in Seattle, and The Rymer Gallery in Nashville TN. Amy was accepted into the Emerging Artist Public Art Roster in 2013. Amy received her MFA from the University of WA in 1988, and her MFA from the MA College of Art, Boston MA, in 1986. A career in Arts Administration, most recently as Art Program Director at the Univ. of WA Medical Center, helped to inform her interest in scientific imagery. Amy was in the founding group of Emerging Artists-In-Residence at The Pilchuck Glass School in Stanwood WA, in 1990.

Photo: Michael B Main

Photo: Michael B Main

Amy’s work, Piling/Peek, utilizes mixed media including: woven metal wire, scissor-cut rubber playground balls, and vintage dress patterns, to explore a surreal and dreamlike vision of what lies beneath the surface, and what pops up through the surface. The sculptural elements carve form and mass out of hollow translucence and detail, and combine to create tableaux that feel ethereal and illusory. Imagery for these installations draw on studies of science and organic nature, the surrealist art movement. In describing her work, Hamblin says “I utilize and manipulate very diverse materials and processes into often unexpected directions and extremes.”

Aria Riding never goes out and is never seen, but her emissaries run Psychomachia Theater (Seattle) and the art/performance group Lost Dance Project: website: http://www.lostdance.com. Lost Dance Project has performed, taught, exhibited work and been hosted by companies in America, the UK, Japan, Scotland, Europe and Russia. Aria was awarded the Mary McCarthy Prize for fiction (Bard) and her works (art, stories, poems) have recently been accepted by Atticus Books, Gargoyle Magazine, The Adirondack Review, tNYpress, Typehouse Literary Magazine, Red Fez, The Rain, Party, and Disaster Society, A Glimpse Of (in Greek and English), HIV Here & Now Project, Apocrypha and Abstractions. She has just finished a manuscript entitled The Exhibitionists—a series of interconnected triggers, or stories of the unspeakable present: stories that examine the things we suppress, and continue to do while denying that we do them. “Every sentence in The Exhibitionists is beautiful and artfully crafted and stands alone … essential, as one expects from good poetry, but rarely ever finds in fiction.” John Biguenet, winner of an O. Henry Award and author of The Virgin Suicides, The Torturer’s Apprentice.

Photo: Michael B. Maine

Photo: Michael B. Maine

Describing Fukushima Mon Amour, Rising says: “These flowers grew out of the bodies of my family who died in a natural disaster. My family had to give their lives for the fragrance and bloom of these beautiful flowers.” We live in a time of memorial, even for the future. For the things we have been conscripted into, we already have to pay our respects to future generations: these works are fossils of existence abstracted: almost-formed plants, animals, and furniture.
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