Storefronts Auburn 2013-2014 Artist Roster
Sixteen exciting new artists are on the roster for Installation and Creative Enterprise projects, hailing from Seattle to Bangkok, Thailand. Pushpin flowers, growing rocks, gigantic flow charts, a swarm of intaglio prints, and felted animals are all slated to come to a vacant storefront along Main Street in the next year.
Evan Blackwell is a Seattle- and Olympia-based artist creating site-responsive installations composed of salvaged and re-purposed materials.
RobRoy Chalmers is a Seattle-based artist and intaglio printer with a dynamically evolving installation of small prints.
Sarawut Chutiwongpeti is a multidisciplinary artist based in Bangkok, presenting a monochromatic installation from his series Untitled (Wishes, Lies and Dreams)
Alison Foshee, of Portland, OR, composes playful installations out of pedestrian materials such as pushpins and stickers.
Jennifer Gavlin is a Seattle artist working primarily in clay, creating organic abstract works that appear to emerge from their environment.
Bradly Gunn is a Seattle artist who creates composite map installations based on the surrounding neighborhood and its history.
Jeff Harms is a Chicago sculptor creating architectural, illuminated lattice forms on an intimate scale.
Karrie Hovey, of Mill Valley, California, creates elegant site-based installations using felt and other media.
Joyce Hsu, based in Oakland, California, creates “organo-techno” multidisciplinary works based on her training as an artist and architect.
Marcellous Lovelace is a self-taught Memphis-based painter documenting the African-American urban experience.
Sarah Lovett, of Seattle, creates silk and cane articulated puppets on a grand scale, including her proposed Long-Eared Owl.
Karen Madsen, based in Vancouver, WA, works with industrial paper to create monumental abstract sculptures.
Joe Page, of Walla Walla, WA, creates large site-specific work based on the forms of flow charts.
Brittany Powell is a Portland, OR, artist bringing her site-responsive assemblage Thought Bubbles to our roster.
James Pridgeon, a prolific Seattle artist, creates found object installations with pedestrian materials inspired by the site.
Libby Gerber is a Seattle-based artist bringing her pop-up boutique concept of “growing rocks” to grace your porch or windowsill.
Sea of Troubles
June 12 – September 12, 2013
One Main Street, Auburn, WA
Tory Franklin’s Sea of Troubles greets drivers and pedestrians headed down Main Street from the west, featuring a brilliant menagerie of creatures and sailing ships inspired by medieval maps and mythology.
Using adhesive vinyl, screen-printed Tyvek and PVC, Franklin has created an evocative, glowing world from our past, when the known world was far more mysterious, Google Earth didn’t exist, and the seas were filled with phantasmagorical creatures.
Franklin, a returning Storefronts artist who installed The Firebird in Seattle’s Chinatown neighborhood in 2012, describes her work as “window theaters loosely based on Victorian toy theaters, wherein all the puppets and facades are two-dimensional elements staggered to create depth. This installation debuts denizens of this theatre in all their ornamental glory, crawling from the printed map and preparing to tell their stories.”
Storefronts is a program of Shunpike. The Storefronts program was founded in 2010 as a way of activating vacant retail real estate in two of Seattle’s oldest commercial neighborhoods. Since that time the program has expanded to new neighborhoods and other cities in the Pacific Northwest, bringing our particular brand of streetscape activation and public art to an ever-broader audience.
Shunpike’s mission is to fuel innovation in the arts by building productive partnerships, cultivating leadership and providing direct services to arts groups of all kinds.