Eight New Storefronts 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 through June 2018.

The theme of Storefronts XV is “Exploring the architecture which shapes our lives.”
In this collection of installations, artists respond to architectural spaces and concepts though emotional, utilitarian, or aesthetic gestures. They reference structures—everything from our bodies to buildings to hidden corners of our mind—places that shape and or contain our lives. These works will snap us out of our everyday routines and push us to recognize the psychological and physical space we occupy.

All SLU Storefronts Locations are at the corner of Terry or Boren on given cross streets:

South Lake Union Storefronts Locations

ARTIST: Alexander Keyes

WORK: the unutterable hideoussness of absolute silence and barren immensity

LOCATION: Mercer West Storefront

The ocean has always been an anchor, existing as a space of mystery and possibility at the periphery of my consciousness. My work is largely informed by this early relationship to the sea and I frame the ocean as a site of potential fantasy and open possibility. My work, using sculpture, model making, and collage, suggests an archive from a voyage happening only in my imagination. This project conceptualizes a prototype for escape, speaking to a state of dreaming rather than an approach to planning. By looking to the sea as an infinite space of speculation, I reveal a universal desire to confront the unknown and to give form to daydreams on the possibilities that exist within the physical and emotional massiveness of the sea. By combining the scientific process and the fantastical nature of mythology, my speculative process is an account of daydreams of an encounter with the unknown. I often look to the narrative quality of myths as the impetus for my dreams of adventure. At the beginning of the scientific age, the mysteries of the world were understood and rationalized through story. The giant squid, sighted so rarely on the surface of the sea, has spawned lore about the monsters of the depths such as the Leviathan and the Kraken. The Roman naturalist Pliny the Elder’s texts from the first century AD relates the Kraken as scientific fact, solidifying its importance as part of the sea faring civilization’s relationship with the ocean. Being physically impenetrable, with the surface acting as a veil for the depths, it opens itself to an imaginative entry. Stories are generated because of this inaccessibility, as it only spurns desire for further access.


ARTIST: Minh Carrico

WORK: Bring the mind home

LOCATION: Mercer East Storefront


Our global network can be instantly found in every conceivable manner within our own hands via handhelds on a daily basis. While expanding knowledge within the virtual world, one’s mental and physical presence in a particular moment is often irretrievable. Drawing from The Tibetan Book of Living and Dying by Sogyal Rinpoche, Bring the Mind Home is a passageway for connecting the mind and body. Mindfulness is available by finding the space between the past and future, that is to “Be Here Now”. My work reflects upon my personal journey in search of solace throughout the troubling times. I offer this message as gift for those seeking peace in their own life.


ARTIST: Jennifer Zwick

WORK: Waiting Room (Transposed)

LOCATION: Republican Storefront

Waiting Room (Transposed) is an ordinary medical waiting room filled with specific and mundane details, which has been abruptly cut in half and rearranged, meeting in the middle at what is actually its opposing edges. This shows up clearly in the Cover Your Cough poster, which is exactly half in English and half in Spanish. Other materials are also cut: fanned magazines, framed artwork, chairs, books, a pen on the floor. The books’ titles heighten the narrative (“Enormous Changes at the Last Minute” and “The Circular Functions”). To heighten the conceit, I created realistic but humorous paperwork, including a HIPPA form and two brochures (“Oversharing” and “ADHD”). HIPPA text excerpt: “What the artist may do with health information: The artist may not use health information about you/your child. The artist respects your privacy. She simply wants to continue the conceit of a hospital waiting room and thus include paperwork. The artist will also not share health information about you/your child collected during the exhibition with the following: 1. Her neighbours. 2. Actual hospitals.”
This installation can operate as a satisfying exercise in mental reassembly, but is also a visual representation of my experience of time within such waiting rooms. A disjointed, fragmented, seemingly endless loop which ends abruptly when you leave, and if you go back, seems to have never stopped.


ARTIST: Robin Green

WORK: This is what I meant to say

LOCATION: Harrison West Storefront

“This is what I meant to say” is made of layers of soft, yielding silk made unevenly stiff with paint, and fixed with magnets to an ordered grid of deliberately rusted sheet metal rectangles. The marks were made by carefully folding and draping the fabric. The individual elements are simultaneously soft and hard. They are messy and organic, but layered over something rational and ordered. The whole is held together by gravity and magnetism. They corrode, warp, and fray. They’re balanced, but ready to fall. The result is a mixed architecture that is topographical, but reads the same as a painting or abstracted landscape.

This united and contrasting elements serve as an inquiry and meditation on the uneasy relationship between our rational and illogical selves. Though our world is built on a foundation of instability, chaos and random chance, we try to order it, want to control it and pretend we understand it. We are human, and we want to know.


ARTIST: Ko Kirk Yamahira

WORK: Untitled

LOCATION: Harrison East Storefront


I consider that the subjectivity is formed through the repetitive process of deconstructing the existing objects, and ruminating on such process. There is no specific aim to find a meaning, neither in the creative act itself, nor through the creative process. The totality of the meaning can be found in the continuation of the process. Therefore the reason for the creative act would be found in different inquiry.

The obsession of pursuit of the meaning is unlocked by the pure enjoyment of creative act. The obsession in turn would release the meaning of the search by forgetting the initial inquiry. There are innumerable ways to enact the process, however there is one answer to the result of the process. Within the answer contains two opposing perspectives that has no hierarchy. The point of view, both subjective and objective, as well as the scale of the perception would affect the location of the answer. I sense the distance to the answer gets ever more shorter as I repeat the inquiry.

The answer certainly exists in the past and it could simply be overlooked. The past always has the potential for the new discoveries for me. Since the inquiry originates within my mind, thus the approach to look and find the answer can change completely. It shifts while depending of my state of mind. So it is both firm, as well as transient. Creation of the artworks comes after my deconstructive process on already existing canvas, separating vertical and horizontal threads. The totality of the meaning can be found in the continuation of the process. Therefore the reason for the creative act would be found in different inquiry.


ARTIST: Randi Ganulin

WORK: Arterial

LOCATION: Thomas West Storefront

In my latest work, I use cyanotype photograms, one of the oldest, simplest forms of photography. Ordinary vegetable nets, the kind of packaging used for lemons, onions and the like, are placed on photo-sensitized paper, exposed to sunlight, and developed with water. I take the resulting prints (bright cyan blue, as the name implies) and make high resolution scans, which I then rework to highlight their ephemeral quality as works on paper, including glitches and blotches resulting from the uneven spread of the chemistry. I’ve printed the resulting collages on semi-translucent film and backlit them, reminiscent of x-rays shown in the doctor’s office. Red and blue panels refer to the circulatory system, simultaneously balancing opposite colors and butterflied, cloned shapes. The dual panels create a cohesive tension, fragile yet resilient, that author Nassim Nicholas Taleb refers to as “anti-fragile,” a quality I’ve been interested in for a long while now.


ARTIST: Scott Gibson

WORK: Why do I feel like this?

LOCATION: Thomas East Storefront

I locked myself in my room and painted.  I was 16 years old and had wrecked the family car nearly killing myself and 5 other innocents.  Fear, immortality, elation.

The child was held out to me in what should be desperation. He was not to be born this early. I am confident of that. Listening with my dirty stethoscope I finally find the tiny beating heart. It is gone. Helplessly I look at the young shirtless father through the liquid lens on my eyes. This is all too normal for this jungle father. But it is not normal to this naïve jungle doctor. Numb, intensely alone, useless.

I whispered to myself, “That’s more than twice my current salary.” I rode the tech rocket, but I am no rocket scientist. I am still the “never amount to anything” sixth grade loser. Can I really lead hundreds of people? This is life changing. Giddy, pride, fraud.

Emotions drive my art. I create because I am still living, searching, confused, and normal.


ARTIST: Ed McCarthy

WORK: Rust

LOCATION: John Storefront

With a background in architecture and engineering, I can’t help but incorporate both architectural and structural form into my sculpture. “Rust” celebrates simple geometry with a series of related forms in steel. Each form is constructed of seven 4-inch cubes joined face to face. The forms are known as heptacubes. In total, there are 1,023 unique varieties of heptacubes. The proposed exhibit displays 9 of them. The forms share a rusty patina, having been exposed to months of Pacific Northwest weather.


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Eight New Storefronts 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 through March 2018.

The theme of Storefronts XIV is “Cultural growth and decay: the shifting perceptions of
self and the other.” In this series of installations we explore the the growth and decay of culture and identity within an evolving urban landscape. Whether it be by collecting Lunaria seeds through the passing seasons or listening to the life experiences of immigrant elders, we collect and discard as we build up our personal narrative. These works explore what it means to build and disassemble our understanding of self and the relationships we create in our built environments.

All SLU Storefronts Locations are at the corner of Terry or Boren on given cross streets:

South Lake Union Storefronts Locations

ARTIST: Christopher Hartshorne

WORK: Fusion Field Landscape

LOCATION: Mercer East Storefront


I create woodblock prints that depict a dramatic movement of form and textural organic elements. I use my extensive library of woodblocks as a visual language, repeating components in new configurations throughout my body of work. I create new compositions by repurposing and recombining woodblocks from older work. To me, forcing the combination of contrasting compositional elements to exist with one another on the printed surface serves as an analogy for how we exist in our own constructed worlds. I remix textures and pattern from a variety of sources including: my interpretation of imperceptible reactions in science, patterns found in nature, mechanical elements found in architecture and social spaces, and the weathered decay of urban environments. After carving these patterns and textures out of birchwood, I then reassemble them into one printed composition. Combining sculpted polyhedra and large-scale banners, my current work assembles the layers and dynamic juxtapositioning of my printed work into a three-dimensional space.


ARTIST: Markel Uriu

WORK: Veil

LOCATION: Mercer West Storefront


Made of Lunaria leaves and gold thread, Veil, is both a tapestry and a physical manifestation of labor and time.
Veil is an ongoing piece, composed of leaves and gold thread. For three years, Markel Uriu has gathered Lunaria plants from around the city of Seattle when they mature in fall, which then sews into a tapestry over the course of the year. Through this ritual, Uriu contemplates patterns of life and death, both as a literal marker of time, and through metaphorical reflections. The repetitive arrangement and action of the piece create a visual rhythm, which evokes the cyclical nature of life. Mimicking those actions essential to living—breath, heartbeat, blood flow—the tapestry mirrors these actions through its form and process. Variation in climate and time are seen in the different layers, as the Lunaria darken or lighten to mark the difference in years. The ever-changing nature of both past and present beautifies it’s impermanence and highlight the beauty that comes when there are some things left beyond your control. Drawing from Buddhist ideals, Veil encourages the viewer to more fully observe the present, as the piece will constantly change, either through it’s growth and decay, or by the artist’s own hand. In addition the fragility and strength of impermanence, the piece expands Uriu’s ongoing themes of femininity, meticulous labor, assiduousness, and endurance. Quiet, nearly passive, action becomes something impressive through dedication and time.


ARTIST: Lida Mahabadi

WORK: Duality in Inferno

LOCATION: Republican Storefront


In Dante, inferno tells the journey of Dante through Hell. The presented work is an emotional expression of the urban journey of transformation the city of Seattle has gone through over the years. In today’s world, we are faced with an ever changing fast paced society. As a result, our society is faced with a big challenge to consciously adapt and hold onto memories of various dying elements. Accordingly, Seattle has become denser to accommodate for growing population and consequently the natural environment has been affected. The earliest Buddhist texts explain the four primary material elements as the sensory qualities of solidity, fluidity, temperature, and mobility; their characterization of earth, water, fire, and air, respectively. The series are abstraction of four elements of air, fire, water, and earth within the context of city of Seattle. The artwork aims to demonstrate how life extends beyond its own subjective limits to tells a story about the effects of global cultural interaction over the natural environment. This work’s mellifluous visual effect is highlighted by the changing color pallette at night and day and challenges the binaries we continually reconstruct between Self and Other. Art is a powerful tool that often softens emotions and creates an opportunity for a meaningful dialogue. Our perceptional malleability is key to processing today’s distorted world and integrating local and global information in our daily dynamic environments. There is a great urgency to reflect on the past and plan for a better future.


ARTIST: Ellen Hochberg

WORK: Labels

LOCATION: Harrison East Storefront


This project was created as a way for us to think about the quick, easy terms we use to “label”
each other. Words like Conservative, Feminist, Pro-life have a subtext of meaning that goes beyond the word itself. We have come to rely on these words as a simple shorthand when describing people, especially people different than ourselves. But are these the words someone would have chosen for themselves? Do they give us a true measure of a person?


ARTIST: Cameron Anne Mason

WORK: Indivisible

LOCATION: Harrison West Storefront


Panels of translucent silk organza, dyed in shades from ivory to deep brown and stitched with red thread, are a visual metaphor for our diverse communities. We are all the same and yet, look closer and each of us is a unique combination of DNA and life-experience. Dyeing fabric is fundamental to my work. It is an intimate part of our lives. It protects us from the elements, and gives us comfort and a means to express ourselves. It is sensual and essential. I am drawn to fabric because of its changeability and its constancy. Fabric is the skin that clothes my work.


ARTIST: Tessa Hulls

WORK: This Is My Home: Stories of First Generation Immigrants

LOCATION: Thomas East Storefront


This Is My Home is a series of visual interviews highlighting the strength, tenacity, diversity and grace of female first generation immigrants in the Seattle area.


ARTIST: Fred Lisaius

WORK: World Tree (Gold)

LOCATION: Thomas West Storefront


The deeper I go into the forest the closer I feel to the truth. Off of the trail, there is a quiet calm where ideas can be contemplated and refined. Everything is connected- in my paintings, I utilize the forum of nature to explore our relationship to the natural world, the universe and to each other. When it’s foggy I see everything more clearly. Shapes are simplified, colors subdued and a veil of mystery is cast. I like to incorporate transitions in my paintings- events such as change of season, day into night and awake to sleep are realms where the imagination and reality coexist. Perhaps they are also windows into better understanding our existence. I think best in paint. When I begin a painting, I begin a journey. Nothing makes me happier.


ARTIST: Katrina Sather

WORK: Hope 2

LOCATION: John Storefront


The arts can provide powerful inspiration and motivation for change. Thus, my facilitated artwork is as much about the process as the final product. Each production evolves over numerous sessions, often spanning several weeks or months. Collaborative paintings offer participants an opportunity for self expression, social inclusion, release of tension, increased confidence, and an invitation to negotiate personal boundaries as we gather around a canvas: shoulder to shoulder. The finished pieces are colorful, dynamic and vibrant. When the final artwork is witnessed by others, everyone who committed themselves to the piece is validated. Their voices and individual stories are honored. Creativity, like people, shouldn’t exist in isolation.

 I am fulfilled when bringing individuals together to experience self-discovery through creativity. Often I witness strength and resilience in the stories told. People from diverse backgrounds are able to find a common language that never ceases to amaze me. This process equalizes the playing field for all, resulting in a reduction of limitations and barriers. It furthers my belief that we are all capable of being changed through participation in the arts.

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Call for Artists for 2018

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We are calling for artists to submit proposals for our 2018 Storefronts Program.  Submit your proposal by November 27th to have the application fee waived!

Deadline: December 4, 2017

Learn More & Submit

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Shunpike Proudly Presents Two New Storefronts Installations in Bellevue

Two new Storefront installations – Soft Cities by Madisen Schorno and Kaylee Jacobson, and Living with Conviction: Sentenced to Debt for Life in Washington State, by Deborah Espinosa – are now on view at the Meydenbauer Center in Bellevue, WA, now to March 2018.  Presented by Shunpike as part of its acclaimed Storefronts program, the installations have been sponsored by the City of Bellevue and Meydenbauer Center.

“Sculptural installation by artist team Kayle Jacobson and Madisen Schorno paired with photography of Deborah Espinosa create an opportunity for us to contemplate the soft beauty and powerful resilience of humanity in today’s rapidly changing world,” says Hanako O’Leary, Storefronts Coordinator.

ARTIST: Madisen Schorno and Kaylee Jacobson

WORK: Soft Cities


ARTIST STATEMENT: “In a city that is in a current state of fluctuation and growth it is the goal of the artist to consider and interpertate the changes that surround our community. With the hope of discovering a place of belonging and community through softer surroundings, to find a voice for natural growth in an industrial environment. Our mission for this project was to model a soft cityscape. Through the use of fabricated shapes made up of fibers, paper, and plants we created a veil into this organic view of the city.”


ARTIST: Deborah Espinosa

WORK:Living with Conviction: Sentenced to Debt for Life in Washington State

ARTIST STATEMENT: “Living with Conviction: Sentenced to Debt for Life in Washington State” is about how the State of Washington sentences people to a lifetime of debt. The project is a collection of portraits and personal narratives of formerly incarcerated individuals who are trying to survive and thrive under court-imposed costs, fees, fines, and victim restitution (aka “legal financial obligations” (LFOs), which accrue interest at a rate of 12% from the date of sentencing. That means that by the time a person gets out of prison, the sum has increased substantially. Failure to make one monthly payment may result in arrest. For more information, see: http://www.LivingwithConviction.org.”

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Eight New Storefronts 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 through November 2017. The theme of the current exhibition is “Honoring life and humanity in the urban wilderness.”

All SLU Storefronts Locations are at the corner of Terry or Boren on given cross streets:

South Lake Union Storefronts Locations

ARTIST: Mimi Sturman

WORK: The Transmigration of Stinging Souls Returning To Roost In Halcyon

LOCATION: Mercer East Storefront


The Transmigration of Stinging Souls Returning To Roost In Halcyon is my version of reincarnation. Each one of these portraits and sculptures represent a human that had heartbreak and difficulty in life, health, and circumstances. Some were not liked and some did not like themselves. All return in the form of things they loved or had a passion for, but all returning transformed and healed. Each portrait has a biography – their life as a human and how they returned as a new being in afterlife.”


ARTIST: Sofia Babaeva

WORK: We Go Wandering Forth

LOCATION: Mercer West Storefront


“We Go Wandering Forth” is my love letter to the natural beauty of the Pacific Northwest. As a Washingtonian watching our region change and grow rapidly in recent years, I wanted to explore my relationship with the natural beauty of my home. I am interested how my identity was shaped by my natural surroundings, and how it can continue to shape the lives of people for generations to come.
With this installation, I wanted to remind viewers to appreciate and protect the unique environment that surrounds us, which is threatened by urban sprawl, overpopulation, and corporate interest. I was inspired by my research of microscopic cell patterns in plants such as fiddlehead fern and yellow cedar, and marine organisms like sea urchins, anemones, and algae. I wanted to create a visual representation of our flora and fauna on a macro-scale, in sumptuous materials like hand-felted wool, fabric, and other found materials that urged the viewer to want to touch them. By mimicking microscopic details in such a large scale and in unexpected materials, I hope to inspire the viewer to take a closer look at the natural world around them and to pay attention to our effect on our environment.



ARTIST: John Smither

WORK: Wilderness Peak- Fall Equinox

LOCATION: Republican Storefront


Over many years my work has evolved into installations which incorporate video, and various 2D media. These installations pay tribute, as altar pieces, to a memory of time and place. The videos serve as the first layer of memory or mind’s eye, while the traditional 2D images become further abstracted recollections. Overlaid on the memories are even further abstracted post-event thoughts which appear as negative space within the 2D imagery. Finally, I overlay a continually changing collection of stencils from the 2D imagery back over the video to tie all the work into a single unit with its source. This installation, “Wilderness Peak Trail – Fall Equinox”, is based on a trail on the back side of Cougar Mountain in Issaquah. In this piece, you can also pick out the abstracted versions of herons (which nest in the area) and hear them in the sound track.


ARTIST: Karey Kessler

WORK: Primeval Waters

LOCATION: Harrison East Storefront


My Storefronts installation includes recent works on paper that concern the rapid development in Seattle and the effects of climate change on our planet.

“Primeval Waters” contains the iconic image of a sky scraper as the symbol of capitalism, but also, the invisible scaffolding that holds up the universe.

“Vanishing Places” concerns the rapid development of South Lake Union, about the geological terrain it is built upon (fault lines and unstable ground), and about the people who have been displaced.

“Climate Change is Real” depicts the world map, re-envisioned in light of climate change. I wrote true facts about the effects of climate change and also poetic reactions to the changing landscape and ecosystems of the world.


ARTIST: Shannon Tipple-Leen

WORK: Begin, Show, Fade

LOCATION: Harrison West Storefront


This installation, “Begin, Show, Fade” is a first for me. As a traditional matte and frame photographer, I have found it so exciting to break out of my comfort zone and work with my imagery in a completely different way.

The work is made by transferring the printed imagery with an acrylic medium onto fabric panels. By doing this, I can use one botanical form over and over to create a larger form. It is a very freeing process. Where my traditional images need to be very crisp and clear, these are loose and imperfections are welcome.

The three panels represent the three cycles of a plant (or living being) – the bud or youth, the bloom or midlife and the fade or end of life and death. There is beauty in all of it and I hope to represent that in the work and have the viewer take a few minutes to reflect on their own place in the cycle.


ARTIST: Tara Tamaribuchi

WORK: Craft Abstracts

LOCATION: Thomas East Storefront


My art practice draws from the uncomplicated act of being and living, while contemplating the past, present and future. The past brings connection to my ancestors by studying traditional visual language, to fill a cultural void in my western art training. In the present, as a mother, I choose not to separate my artist life from my parenting life, and thus my concepts spring from simply being with my daughter. This past year, my work has been interested in political activism, with concerns for social justice in the future. Over the last several years, I have shifted media from painting to its outermost parameters into installation, so that media choices are rooted in the concepts of my work.


ARTIST: Colin Curry

WORK: Thrive

LOCATION: Thomas West Storefront


In images, a lone being is a portrait. Two beings begin a visual dialogue, and three, a story. However, with each addition after, a mere feeling eventually overwhelms any clear narrative of meaning. Attempts to count or identify individuals fail. In Thrive, a typically alarming vision of vileness becomes instead a soothing pattern. Our relationship to rodents is unique, as our very efforts to vilify and eliminate them from our spaces has left only survivors best equipped to evade us. If there is a narrative in Thrive, it is an endless story in which life flourishes despite oppression, not in the colorful open air, but in the grey hidden spaces between gleaming buildings, colorful walls, or the more comforting thoughts in one’s one mind. The creatures above may have the privilege of clear meaning illuminated in the sun, but the creatures below have the strength of being impossible to truly count.


ARTIST: Melissa Koch

WORK: Winged Migrations

LOCATION: John Storefront


“WINGED MIGRATIONS,” is a mixed media art installation created from found and up-cycled paper, handmade paint. The imagery is inspired by butterfly wing patterns as seen under a microscope. The work is intended to be uplifting and to bring us back into an awareness of our connection with nature, its beauty, its ability to adapt, transform and for rebirth that is also a part of the natural cycles of destruction and recreation. The process of creating this work comes from my fascination with this adaptability of nature to transform external influences including using what it has found in creative ways.


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Shunpike Announces New Artist-in-Residency Program

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Shunpike introduces a new Artist-in-Residence program in Seattle, WA. Artists selected for this exciting opportunity will work in a Seattle-area corporate campus in an on-site art studio. This studio is located in the bustling South Lake Union neighborhood. The residency is open to visual artists based in the Greater Pacific Northwest and was created to provide regional artists with a unique, temporary work environment and exposure to a new audience. The program will provide space for engaging dialogue and inspiring creative expression with employees and visitors.

There is a total of 4 residencies available in three-month increments, with the first residency starting November 1, 2017. Artists selected for the 2017-18 residency program will receive $10,000 in project support. Participants are expected to commit a minimum of 8 hours per week in studio over a three-month period, as well as hold an in-house master class and lecture during their residency. Artists are also asked to exhibit current work on site, and contribute a current piece to the Seattle-area corporate collection.

The Request for Proposals opens today, August 8, 2017. The call for artists will close on September 24, 2017. 

Artists can apply at https://shunpike.submittable.com/submit/87450/call-for-artists-in-residence

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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 Locations are at the corner of Terry or Boren on given cross streets:

South Lake Union Storefronts Locations

ARTIST: Amanda Manitach

WORK: Frances Farmer Defends Herself

LOCATION: Harrison Storefront

In 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.


ARTIST: Hanako O’Leary

WORK: Kokoro no Koi

LOCATION: Mercer Storefront

In 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.


ARTIST: Carmi Weingrod

WORK: Tough Love

LOCATION: Republican Storefront

“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.



ARTIST: Amanda Amsel + Elizabeth Arzani

WORK: Tiny Human Moments

LOCATION: Harrison Storefront

Tiny 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.



ARTIST: Ilysia Van Deren

WORK: Wider than you thought possible

LOCATION: Thomas Storefront

Wider 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.


ARTIST: Juliana Kang Robinson

WORK: Pojagi Unity Flags

LOCATION: Mercer Storefront

My 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.


ARTIST: Lady Firm

WORK: Las Fronteras

LOCATION: John Storefront

Representing 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: Thomas Storefront

The 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.



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