13 Jan Seattle Storefronts, November 29, 2010.
“Seattle Storefronts, Round 2”, Seattle PI, November 29, 2010.
Seattle Storefronts, Round Two
This post originally appeared on The New Pioneer Square, a blog that shares pictures, news, and events from Seattle’s first neighborhood.
This coming First Thursday will be the beginning of the second phase of Storefronts Seattle’s pilot program. Starting December 2nd, seven new art installations and two new creative businesses will make their temporary homes in vacant storefronts in Seattle’s Pioneer Square and Chinatown-International District neighborhoods. These artists and art groups are joining five existing creative enterprises that moved to empty storefronts in September 2010 when the first phase of Storefronts Seattle launched.
Storefronts Seattle’s new phase also introduces three new commercial spaces used by artists, making a total of thirteen participating storefronts in both neighborhoods. These spaces house a variety of projects including a fine woodworking store, a crochet and wood installation and a large-scale metal prehistoric landscape. For your reference, I included below a partial list of artists and their respective storefronts.
To know more about Storefronts Seattle, please visit www.storefrontsseattle.com. Let me know if you have any questions or would like any additional information.
Residencies and Creative Enterprises (Second Round)
Mathew Richter, XOM Fine Woodworking, 610 2nd Avenue
XOM will use the storefront to display new works and prototypes to the public. Richter will consult with clients in the space and design and install new pieces on a rotating basis.
Mia Yoshihara-Bradshaw, 222 First Ave S
Yoshihara-Bradshaw will use the Storefronts Seattle space to create, showcase and sell her paper-based artwork, along with pieces from other local artists. Utilizing a unique self-taught paper-cutting technique combined with other techniques, Yoshihara-Bradshaw creates original Japanese-themed cards, stationary, binder clips, pens and fine art.
Installations (Second Round)
Ben Zamora & Etta Lilienthal, 409 Maynard Ave S (upper)
Zamora and Lilienthal’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.
Celeste Cooning, 501 Maynard Ave S
Cooning 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, 312 Occidental
As his Storefronts Seattle installation, Barker 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, 409 Maynard Ave S (lower)
McKee’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, Tashiro-Kaplan Building basement
The conceptual starting points of Maul and Hutchison’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.
Continuing Creative Enterprises (First and Second Rounds)
Christa Thomas, Brite Collective (676 S Jackson St)
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, Thomas creates a “pop-up” social space where artists and creative people can show up and immerse themselves in projects created collectively without a preplanned agenda.
Dora Taylor, Architecture 101 (601 S King St)
Architect Dora Taylor teaches hands-on introductory courses on architecture to elementary and high school students. The Storefronts Seattle program provides a bigger space for Dora to run her after-school classes for grades 3-12.
LUKE Haynes (604 2nd Ave)
Haynes 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. Haynes uses his storefront for a showroom and studio.
Charlie Martin, Seattle Pinball Museum (508 Maynard Ave S)
Pinball hobbyist Martin has been collecting pinball machines for a few years and has a vision of founding a Seattle Pinball Museum. In his Storefronts project, Martin facilitates a rotating exhibition of these machines while the public has the opportunity to receive instruction on maintaining, playing or restoring these works of kinetic art.
Jen Domeier, VIDEA (666 S Jackson St)
VIDEA is a collective of six video artists using the latest in real-time animation and live video mixing techniques. Storefronts Seattle provides the artists the place they need to meet, collaborate and develop their projects.