The Sporozoan Swarm Descends on the Auburn Avenue Theatre

The Sporozoan Swarm Descends on the Auburn Avenue Theatre

Sporozoan Swarm by RoyBoy Chalmers

Seattle artist RobRoy Chalmers has inserted the newest variation of his Sporozoan Swarm installation into the windows of the historic Auburn Avenue Theatre on Auburn Way.  Winding trails of tiny intaglio prints torn into small squares swoop and dip through the windows, suggesting ant trails, footprints in snow, or the massing of a crowd.

 Chalmers, a long-time Seattle artist and native of New York City, says:

The Sporozoan is a practice, which requires discipline, meditation and attention to detail, it delves into me like needles through the skin forcing the imagery to become one with the idea. I am The Sporozoan: the invasive species crawling into your head making you find pleasure in the vision before you, making you question your subjectivity and your objectivity with the desire to reel you in searching for more.

RobRoy Chalmers is a West Seattle based artist who is currently represented by Artist-Studios, based in New York City, and has been active for over 20 years.

Through March 2014
Auburn Avenue Theatre
10 Auburn Avenue, Auburn, WA

Property and sponsorship courtesy of the City of Auburn.

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Storefronts Auburn is proud to present Jim Pridgeon at One Main!

Jim Pridgeon at One Main, Auburn

Jim Pridgeon at One Main, Auburn

Storefronts Auburn installation at One Main echoes Auburn’s aviation history

Public artist Jim Pridgeon worked with frequent collaborators  Benton Shaw and Richard Beckerman, as well as volunteers from Evergreen Soaring to install a Czechoslovakian designed and built Blanik L-13 glider into a raw ground level space at One Main Street Professional Plaza, a nod to Auburn’s history as an aviation town.  Originally designed in 1956, more L-13’s were produced than any other glider in the world and were used primarily as trainers, although the type held several world records. All L-13s have been grounded by the FAA pending resolution of wing spar failures.

A National Endowment for the Arts Visual Artist Fellow, State of Washington Visual Arts Fellow and recipient of multiple Seattle Arts Commission awards, Pridgeon is a long-time Seattle artist whose large-scale installations reference, and are made from, materials sourced at the site.  Concerned with memory, and the mixing of familiar forms to create unfamiliar associations; his work is large in scale, uses industrial and consumer materials, and seeks to engage the local community by the very familiarity of the objects.

Opening October 24, 2013, 5-7 PM
Through February 14, 2014
One East Main Street, Auburn

Storefronts Auburn is sponsored by Shunpike and the City of Auburn.

Exquisite corpse installation #2 coming to Chutney’s: Jennifer Zwick!


Another new Seattle project in Capitol Hill!

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Lamps Meninas
by Jennifer Zwick

La(mp)s Meninas by Diego Velasquez (Creative Commons)

La(mp)s Meninas by Diego Velasquez (original image courtesy Creative Commons)

SHUNPIKE is proud to announce Jennifer Zwick as the next contributor to the “Exquisite Corpse” Storefront at the Stream 15 development on Capitol Hill. 

Continuing the great tradition of re-envisioning Diego Velazquez’ canonical painting Las Meninas, Jennifer Zwick presents Lamps Meninas.  This simple, striking installation will recreate the composition of the famous painting, with the key players represented by various types of lighting fixtures.

A funny, aesthetically lovely way to shepherd in our darker months, Zwick’s installation will inhabit the interior of the former Chutney’s restaurant, incorporating some visual elements of the old bar, as well as adding depth and illumination to Greg Lewis’ exterior installation Boxed Up.

Painted by Diego Velazquez in 1656, Las Meninas seems made to be recreated.  Not just a painting within a painting (though it does feature other…

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ShopSeattle and Interstitial Theatre debut in Belltown!


New projects in Seattle running October – December!

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SHUNPIKE is proud to announce two new Storefronts projects in Seattle’s Belltown neighborhood:  ShopSeattle, a pop-up featuring local designers, and Interstitial Theatre, Seattle’s only dedicated video art gallery.


ShopSeattle is local designer Catherine Hubert’s pop-up boutique featuring men’s and women’s clothing, artwork, gifts and furniture made by Northwest artists and designers.

Located a block north of Macy’s in Seattle’s retail core, this beautiful 3,500 square foot space, courtesy of Plymouth Housing Group, will feature about twenty artists and designers during the holiday season and will also serve as a sewing and art studio for the duration of the project.

As Hubert says, “this pop-up boutique will reflect our eclectic Northwest aesthetic. Some pieces will have a dark, romantic vibe, some will be playful, and other work is laser-cut or 3D-printed, reflecting local interests in both handwork and technology.”


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Storefronts Auburn is proud to announce the 2013-2014 Artist Roster, as well as our newest installation from Tory Franklin!

Storefronts Auburn 2013-2014 Artist Roster

 Sixteen exciting new artists are on the roster for Installation and Creative Enterprise projects, hailing from Seattle to Bangkok, Thailand.  Pushpin flowers, growing rocks, gigantic flow charts, a swarm of intaglio prints, and felted animals are all slated to come to a vacant storefront along Main Street in the next year.

Joe Page

Evan Blackwell is a Seattle- and Olympia-based artist creating site-responsive installations composed of salvaged and re-purposed materials.

RobRoy Chalmers is a Seattle-based artist and intaglio printer with a dynamically evolving installation of small prints.

Sarawut Chutiwongpeti is a multidisciplinary artist based in Bangkok, presenting a monochromatic installation from his series Untitled (Wishes, Lies and Dreams)

Alison Foshee, of Portland, OR, composes playful installations out of pedestrian materials such as pushpins and stickers.

Jennifer Gavlin is a Seattle artist working primarily in clay, creating organic abstract works that appear to emerge from their environment.

Bradly Gunn is a Seattle artist who creates composite map installations based on the surrounding neighborhood and its history.

Jeff Harms is a Chicago sculptor creating architectural, illuminated lattice forms on an intimate scale.

Karrie Hovey, of Mill Valley, California, creates elegant site-based installations using felt and other media.

Joyce Hsu, based in Oakland, California, creates “organo-techno” multidisciplinary works based on her training as an artist and architect.

Marcellous Lovelace is a self-taught Memphis-based painter documenting the African-American urban experience.

Sarah Lovett, of Seattle, creates silk and cane articulated puppets on a grand scale, including her proposed Long-Eared Owl.

Karen Madsen, based in Vancouver, WA, works with industrial paper to create monumental abstract sculptures.

Joe Page, of Walla Walla, WA, creates large site-specific work based on the forms of flow charts.

Brittany Powell is a Portland, OR, artist bringing her site-responsive assemblage Thought Bubbles to our roster.

James Pridgeon, a prolific Seattle artist, creates found object installations with pedestrian materials inspired by the site.

Libby Gerber is a Seattle-based artist bringing her pop-up boutique concept of “growing rocks” to grace your porch or windowsill.

Sea of Troubles

Tory Franklin
June 12 – September 12, 2013
One Main Street, Auburn, WA

Tory Franklin – Sea of Troubles

Tory Franklin’s Sea of Troubles greets drivers and pedestrians headed down Main Street from the west, featuring a brilliant menagerie of creatures and sailing ships inspired by medieval maps and mythology.

Using adhesive vinyl, screen-printed Tyvek and PVC, Franklin has created an evocative, glowing world from our past, when the known world was far more mysterious, Google Earth didn’t exist, and the seas were filled with phantasmagorical creatures.

Franklin, a returning Storefronts artist who installed The Firebird in Seattle’s Chinatown neighborhood in 2012, describes her work as “window theaters loosely based on Victorian toy theaters, wherein all the puppets and facades are two-dimensional elements staggered to create depth. This installation debuts denizens of this theatre in all their ornamental glory, crawling from the printed map and preparing to tell their stories.”

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Open House with Michael Taskey March 24!

We are proud to announce an open house with Auburn artist Michael Taskey, who has been in residence at 104 E. Main Street since January!

March 24 from 6-9PM
104 E Main Street, Auburn

A skilled wood carver and music instructor, Michael will be showing his stunning wood carvings and feature live music from his students.  Taskey’s residency is coming to an end almost a month before it was slated to end, highlighting the Catch-22 in the Storefronts program.

In Auburn, 3 of the 4 spaces we have activated have leased before our projects completed, a bittersweet win for the program, since our ultimate goal is always to activate spaces and revitalize Main Street.  These three chronically vacant spaces have rented inside of six months, and Storefronts Auburn is delighted to have contributed to that rejuvenation, as difficult as it is to cut short a residency or installation.  We thank Mike for his graciousness and understanding and celebrate another lease for Main Street.