Shunpike is very proud to announce our new series of Storefronts installations in South Lake Union, featuring Harmony Boom, Celeste Cooning, Bradly Gunn, Julia Haack, Paul Komada, Kelly June Mitchell, Liz Tran, and Anastasia Zielinski.
From a series of reflective urban erasures from Bradly Gunn, a giant knitted map of the US by Paul Komada, and the donut-loving soft sculpture characters of Olympia duo Harmony Boom, these installations are by turns festive and contemplative, turning the focus to our city, our histories (both personal and cultural), and the landscapes we inhabit.
Through October 15, 2014 in South Lake Union
Mercer, Republican, Harrison, Thomas, and John Streets between Boren Ave N and Westlake Ave N
South Lake Union Art Walk and guided tour with Storefront Program Manager Anne Blackburn August 1, 2014, 6PM
(Meet at Boren Ave N and John Street)
Mercer Street at Terry Ave N
Reaching into our past, longing for the comfort and structure of the ideal childhood home, Kelly June Mitchell has created a series of suspended sculptural houses and cast plaster forms suggesting a longing for a nostalgic, beautiful past just out of reach.
Local artist Paul Komada explores the breakneck pace of transformation in South Lake Union via his large-scale knitted map of the US. Each knitted square is placed to express the energy of the population moving to the Pacific Northwest and the echoes of an earlier migration to the area around the turn of the 19th Century, whose remnants are in turn being replaced by today’s boom.
Republican Street at Terry Ave N
Symbolizing change and growth, Liz Tran’s Endless Wave installation features layers of colorful cut paper, dynamic lighting, and a collection of salvaged fishing floats echoing the changing moods of maritime landscapes both day and night.
Harrison Street at Boren Ave N
Blending many influences, Julia Haack’s vibrant geometric patterns and color combinations combine in a series of wall-mounted constructions made of salvaged and painted lath. Layered and complex, these words individually suggest quilt patterns, typography, weaving patterns and coalesce as a whole to suggest a dialogue between forms.
When You Wish…
Rooted in the tradition of figurative painting, Celeste Cooning’s distinctive white cut-paper installations are an elegant exploration of decorative pattern and light. The artist’s interest in how pattern and ornament interacts with light has led her to site-specific and environmental works seeking to cultivate wonder, awe, and nurture our sense of joy and mindfulness in our daily lives.
Thomas Street at Boren Ave N
Reflections of Future’s Past
Seeking to link Seattle’s past to its present, artist/architect Bradly Gunn’s constructions are a series of visual erasures related to the buildings that no longer stand in the South Lake Union neighborhood. Working with historical photos, Gunn has abstracted the historical landscape into a compelling reflection of the current life and vitality of the neighborhood even as it continues to change.
Up a Tree
A collaboration between Christine Malek and P. Calavara, Harmony Boom Island is a multi-media project including books, stuffed animals, comics and paintings exploring this idea of a living island and inhabitants playing out a morality tale of redemption, community, and donuts.
John Street at Boren Ave N
Seeking to create a moment of pause, Anastasia Zielinski’s constructed landscapes are fabricated from paper, fabric, sequins, mirror and other materials. Layered and manipulated in with a painterly touch, these elements coalesce into the shimmering landscape of a starry night, and then fragment into their individual elements.
Founded in 2001 and based in Seattle, Shunpike is a non-profit organization that provides independent, Washington-based artists with the services, resources, and opportunities they need to forge their own paths to sustainable success. Shunpike’s fiscal sponsorship services and capacity-building initiatives strengthen the independent arts sector and its Storefronts program activates neighborhoods and streets by matching artists and pop-up creative enterprises with vacant retail space. www.shunpike.org.