Three New Storefronts in Renton

Shunpike proudly presents three new installations in Renton as part of its acclaimed Storefronts program, on display April 2019. Read on for select portfolio pieces and artist statements from each artist.

The Storefronts Program continues to support our creative community and our urban neighborhoods and businesses by providing opportunities for artists to do what they do best – create dynamic, engaging works that reach out to passersby, activate our built environment, and function as an incubator for our arts ecology, entrepreneurial projects, and urban revitalization.

ARTIST: Rohena Khan
LOCATION: 700 S. 3rd St, Renton

As a multi-disciplinary artist, I make art every day and I am insanely proud of this fact. Art is how I explore my life and past from a different lens. I was once a foreign student, then an expat and now I am an immigrant. I mention this because all these phases have helped create THIS. One theme that binds all my work is human triumph. My art is how I tell my story of a journey against the oceans of normalcy, of a home, history and culture so different. My art is about questioning everything that happens around me, often to the detriment of societal constructs. In my paintings, I explore the weight of being born with a vagina and an inquisitive mind. In my collages and video work, I explore political happenings, sexual desires, misogyny, belonging, patriarchy, irony. My art is best described as abstract expressionism, often telling a big story in rapid movements. It’s chaotic or maybe just the right amount of messy. It’s violent with bursts of color and collage, yet sometimes also calm, with typography in the many languages I speak and think in. As I am growing into this artist who follows up on every idea, I am approaching my paintings, installations and videos with extreme gusto. I am creating a legacy of “YOLO” while commemorating those who have paved the path for women like myself to takeoff. I recognize my role on earth as a storyteller and documentarian. -Rohena Khan

ARTIST: Becca Heavrin
LOCATION: 700 S. 3rd St, Renton

My art explores the strength, connection, and resilience of the human spirit. My portraits blur ethnic and genders lines, hinting at cultural connections, human emotion, and a sense of being that is often seen as meditative and grounded. We are all reliant on each other and on the natural environment for our very survival. Human nature and caring for ourselves, each other and the world are integral to our very existence.

Art is the voice of the artist culminating in their life experience and world perspective at the moment and time the art is created. My influences come from my early life growing up in the woods of Maine, my interest in common experiences that represent human existence, and my witness to globalization and current affairs. We are human, fallible and yet intertwined. Let’s not forget how interwoven we are or how important it is to care for ourselves, each other and the world around us. – Becca Heavrin

ARTIST: Paul Nunn
LOCATION: 700 S. 3rd St, Renton

Records form an abstract meandering wave dotted with bursts of colorful labels. The resulting structure speaks to the inevitable unpredictable waves of technology that render each successive generation of recordable media obsolete. The piece also aims to physically manifest the ephemerality of music as well as one man’s musical tastes, as represented by his personal record collection. – Paul Nunn

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Activating neighborhoods and overlooked spaces by filling vacant urban spaces with art installations, pop-up boutiques, galleries, and community groups since 2010.
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