Introducing… The Artists!

After 142 applications and several difficult decisions, we’d like to announce the list of the selected Storefronts Seattle artists!

We included below a short bio of each artist just to give you a small hint of what to expect. Once these artists’ projects are complete, they will transform the empty spaces of Pioneer Square and Chinatown-International District into a space for art and creativity.

Check them out!

Residency and Creative Enterprise

ANAR – Helene Eriksen’s Traditional Dance Theatre: A teacher and choreographer of traditional dances of the Balkans and Islamic Orient, Helene started ANAR to bring women’s dance and culture from the regions of North Africa, the Middle East and Central Asia to Seattle. With the Storefronts Seattle program, Helene plans to expand ANAR into a professional dance company.

Brite Collective: Christa Thomas is the founder of BRITE Collective, a forum and a series of spontaneous and fun design events to stimulate, inspire, and unite the Seattle design community. For Storefronts Seattle, Christa will create a “pop-up” social space where artists and creative types can show up and immerse themselves in a project created collectively without a preplanned agenda.

Dora Taylor – Architecture 101: Architect Dora Taylor teaches hands-on introductory courses on architecture to elementary and high school students. The Storefronts Seattle program will provide a bigger space for Dora to run her after-school classes for grades 3-12, which are quickly outgrowing her living room classroom.

LUKE Haynes: Luke experiments with the ways fabric can be used to create images while still maintaining its foundation of use and function. His quilts engage with the binary views of issues within American culture, exploring figural images that reference gender roles, nostalgia and iconography. Luke will be using his storefront for a showroom and studio.

Matthew Richter – xom Fine Woodworking: Matthew Richter has been designing and hand-building furniture under the “xom” brand for almost five years. Matthew plans to showcase xom’s furniture in retail space provided by Storefronts Seattle and to increase marketing of the brand.

Melanie St. Ours: Melanie’s project, “One Forbidden Thing,” will be a multi-phase community-based theater process to explore the relationship between “forbidden places” in Pioneer Square – the mortuary underneath the funeral parlor, slaughterhouses etc. – and the social issues that Seattleites face as a community. The project asks what would happen if we uncovered the truth of those forbidden places.

Mia Yoshihara-Bradshaw Design: Seattle native Mia Yoshihara Bradshaw is both a craftsman and artist, utilizing a unique self-taught paper cutting technique that combines aspects of traditional Japanese Kiri-e, silhouettes, and mixed- media collage. She will organize a holiday retail area for handmade crafts and art through the Storefronts Seattle program.

Path with Art’s mission is to provide art programming to previously homeless and economically disadvantaged adults. This non-profit organization is currently nomadic and looking to use the Storefronts Seattle space to help them assess their need for a permanent space.

Seattle Pinball Museum Project: Pinball hobbyist Charles Martin has been collecting pinball machines for a few years and has a vision of founding a Seattle Pinball Museum. In his Storefronts project, Charles will facilitate a rotating exhibition of these machines while the public will have the opportunity to receive instruction on maintaining, playing or restoring these works of kinetic art.

VIDEA is a collective of six video artists using the latest in real-time animation and live video mixing techniques. Storefronts Seattle will provide the artists the place they need to meet, collaborate and develop their projects. They will also use the space to explore generating revenue from their artwork through a variety of activities.


First Round (September-November)

Chauney Peck: Chauney will create a casual arrangement of objects found in and around Chinatown-International District that encourage viewers to explore and appreciate the beauty of everyday.

Chris Engman: Chris’ installation – Senescence – comprises twenty-six large chopped rounds of firewood assembled together with ropes and strings. The word “senescence” refers to the entropy of the cells of living organisms, and the piece is a metaphor for life as a beautiful, futile struggle with entropy.

Dan Reeder: Dan will display his papier mâché dragons and other whimsical characters for his Storefronts Seattle installation. He has three published books on this art form and is recognized as one of the preeminent papier mâché artists in the country.

John Fleming: John has spent about thirty years developing art, architecture, and conceptual/environmental projects, almost always blurring the boundaries between all three.

Ingrid Lahti: Ingrid will create a neon-sign installation for her Storefronts Seattle installation. Her signage pieces create situations that allow viewers to become aware of how they pick up information and communicate with all of their senses.

Second Round (December-February)

Alyson Piskorowski: Alyson’s installation will use the geometry of the space to create a work that engages the viewers as they pass. Using the window itself as a framework, she will string a series of elastic lines. Her goal is to find the moment where the predictable and mundane has the potential to become extraordinary.

Ben Hirschkoff: Ben will use the storefront’s existing materials – trim molding, pipes, electrical conduit, carpet and other fixtures – as starting points for his installation. These materials will be supplemented with mock elements that visually integrate into the space and serve to transform the architecture into sculpture.

Ben Zamora & Etta Lilienthal: Ben and Etta’s interest lies in reforming the viewer’s perceptions of a particular space by shifting the shape of the viewing aperture. The artists will install a series of portals of varying degrees of opacity into a storefront window space. The installation will track time via the changes and movement of the light across these layered portals.

Christine Chaney: Christine explores the relationship between nature and utilitarian materials. She will install a large-scale crochet and wood artwork based on Gericault’s Raft of the Medusa painting, called “c/raft.” Made from deconstructed t-shirts gathered from urban thrift stores, and branches from rural NW beaches and woodpiles, the piece references our consumptive natures and its effect on our environment.

Celeste Cooning: Celeste works with cut paper, ranging from intimate cut-paper collage to large-scale installations. Her process runs parallel to her philosophical belief in the eternal need for the human spirit to work.

James Barker: As his Storefronts Seattle installation, James will create a three-dimensional painting. As viewers walk from side to side of this painting, they can notice different creatures, plants and how the action of one creature can send a chain reaction to others.

Paul McKee: Paul’s paintings and sculptures freeze the urban activity in order to savor it slowly. For Storefronts Seattle, he will develop each windowpane, slowly letting its shapes and associations determine the style and technique of executions in order to reframe the visual experience.

Tom Maul & Robert Hutchison: The conceptual starting points of Tom and Robert’s installation for Storefronts Seattle are “communication” and “connection”. From these concepts, the artists will develop one of the simplest forms of communication and connection: two empty cans tethered together with a string.

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