South Lake Union
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March 26 Events

March 21 - July 31, South Lake Union

SLU Storefronts 2017 Installations - First Round

Shunpike proudly presents eight new installations in South Lake Union as part of its acclaimed Storefronts program, on display through 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.

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.

http://www.amandamanitach.com

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.

www.hannyagrrrl.com

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.

http://carmiweingrod.com

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.

www.amselart.com

http://www.elizabetharzani.com/

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.

www.ilysiavanderen.com

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.

www.julianakangrobinson.com

ARTIST: Lady Firm

WORK: Las Fronteras

LOCATION: Mercer 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: Mercer 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.

www.MiroirMagazine.com

About Shunpike:

Founded in 2001 and based in Seattle, Shunpike (www.shunpike.org) 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 Storefronts program activates neighborhoods and streets by matching artists with vacant retail space.

March 4 - April 8, Winston Wachter

FORM OVER FUNCTION: CERAMIC SCULPTURES

FORM OVER FUNCTION: CERAMIC SCULPTURES Andrew Casto, Steven Young Lee, Jeffry Mitchell, Zemer Peled, Kim Simonsson, Dirk Staschke

MARCH 4 – APRIL 8, 2017

Opening Reception: Saturday, March 4th, from 4:00 – 7:00 pm

Artist in attendance

Winston Wächter Fine Art Seattle is proud to announce Form Over Function: Ceramic Sculptures by Andrew Casto, Steve Young Lee, Jeffry Mitchell, Zemer Peled, Kim Simonsson and Dirk Staschke. Please join us for our opening reception on Saturday, March 4th, 4 – 7 pm. Artists Jeffry Mitchell and Dirk Staschke in attendance.

Quite often when we hear the term “ceramics”, we think of a vase, a cup, a bowl. Today’s ceramicists are pushing far beyond the traditions of the medium and creating innovative forms, which happen to be made from clay. Selections by artists Andrew Casto, Steve Young Lee, Jeffry Mitchell, Zemer Peled, Kim Simonsson and Dirk Staschke demonstrate how diverse these sculptures can be.

Each artist uses the medium in a drastically unique way. Casto creates gilded expressionist gestures; Lee makes beauty out of purposeful mishap; Mitchell imagines playful stylized elephants; Peled transforms shards of clay into organic growths; Simonsson’s figures enter straight from the depths of the forest; and Staschke’s vanitas paintings literally melt away.

Collectively, these artists have exhibited in England, Israel, France, Finland, Korea, Spain, Croatia, Austria, Slovenia, Belgium, China, and Japan, and are included in the collections of the Harvard Fogg Museum, Museum of Fine Arts Boston, Museum of Fine Arts Houston, the Victoria and Albert Museum, the National Museum of Norway, The Seattle Art Museum, The Philadelphia Museum of Art, The Smithsonian American Art Museum and the Shigaraki Museum of Contemporary Ceramic Art, among many others.

February 4 - April 22, MadArt

WE at MadArt

WE
by LET’S (Peter Lynch, Courtney Barnebey, and Andy Arkley)

Exhibit: February 4th – April 22nd (Tuesday-Saturday, 10am-6pm)
Open House: Saturday, April 1st (6-10pm)

From February through April, 2017, MadArt welcomes LET’S, the art team of Peter Lynch, Courtney Barnebey, and Andy Arkley. Their exhibit, WE, is a collaborative, immersive, interactive installation that includes sculpture, light, music, and mapped video projections. Visitors can use control panels to trigger musical sequences which are synchronized to lights and video. Depending on the combination of buttons pressed, a different song and visual sequence will be created. The goal of WE is to create positive interactions between the people who engage with it.

This project is made possible by the support of MadArt and a 4Culture Tech-Specific Grant.

November 19 - September 12, Museum of History and Industry

Edible City: A Delicious Journey

Experience Seattle’s culinary history from raw ingredients to polished plates. Edible City: A Delicious Journey serves up the story of how Seattleites eat in their city and how urban palates have developed over the years. Discover the secret history of Seattle’s favorite foods and devour the stories that helped the city grow into one of America’s best places to eat. Curated by James Beard Award winner Rebekah Denn, Edible City will be a main course on the city’s cultural buffet. The following is the menu for this delicious journey.

Raw Ingredients

For the first course, take a look at the raw ingredients—what is a “Seattle” food, and why? Visually dine on both imported and native foods that are the building blocks of Seattle’s cuisine.

Processing and Prepping

Dive into the second course of the industries that shaped a savory Seattle, from canneries to coffee roasters.

To Market, To Market

Sample the places where Seattleites go to the market for the third course. Learn about the outlets that help define the city, from co-ops to farmers markets to ethnic markets, big and small.

Bringing It Home

Enjoy the fourth course and look at the region’s home cooking through a real, preserved Seattle kitchen. Learn about the history of food justice in the area through P-Patches, community gardens, and other efforts to bring homegrown food to diverse communities.

Cooking Tech-niques

See how Seattle high-tech jobs have made its residents look at cooking in a whole new way in the fifth course. Sniff out some of the area’s groundbreaking food-tech endeavors.

Serving It Up

For final course, survey the rich banquet of restaurants that have been around almost as long as there have been city dwellers here to support them. Meet the farm-to-table chefs who have made Seattle a national dining destination, and savor the way they developed a modern Northwest cuisine.

July 15-28, Museum of History and Industry

Boeing Flight Path

To celebrate the centennial of The Boeing Company, MOHAI invites visitors to journey through an exploration of Boeing’s impact on Seattle over 100 years, from flying boats on Lake Union to the launch of the Dreamliner.

MOHAI visitors can travel through True Northwest and the Bezos Center for Innovation galleries and rediscover Seattle’s history through the lens of Boeing’s first century.

Special highlights showcasing the Boeing story include:

Vintage models of Boeing aircraft and rare images filling the Boeing Tower; One-of-a-kind artifacts that reflect Boeing in unexpected ways, including a Pocock Racing Shell and a stewardess uniform from the Boeing-owned United Airlines; An interactive oral history experience bringing the Boeing story to life through the words of those who lived it; The legendary B-1, Boeing’s very first commercial aircraft built in 1919, soaring through the Grand Atrium; Boeing patents and prototypes in the museum’s Bezos Center for Innovation; And opportunities to leave behind personal Boeing memories!

Check back for special programs throughout the centennial year.

 

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A History Lesson: How a major 1900's engineering project transformed the Seattle landscape & set the stage for today’s development in SLU. >>link in bio
An excellent recap of night time dining in SLU.  Night Moves: Shift your dining focus to dinner in South Lake Union. http://bit.ly/2xSerMT
Dinner Destination: SLU newcomer 2120 is fast becoming a lunchtime staple in the neighborhood, but aims to make its mark as one of the city’s premier dinner spots.
http://bit.ly/2irum0J
August has arrived, and with it comes one of the SLU’s largest events. Don’t miss the SLU Block Party on 8.11.17 from noon to 11pm at the corner of Denny Way and Westlake Ave N.
Function Meets Art: SVC is more than just letterpress & Steamroller Smackdowns. Check it out here http://bit.ly/2tt2jlP
Appetizer Crawl! Build your own meal with small-plate bites at stops throughout South Lake Union. http://bit.ly/2sVCpHF
Lasting Legacies: Integral to SLU’s past, these organizations define SLU today and will continue sculpting its character into the future.  http://bit.ly/2rWnuMb
Engaging art, live music, and delicious food are coming to SLU 8/11! #SLUBP2017 is shaping to be the best yet. More here: https://goo.gl/5iU0Mi

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