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Storefronts UN[contained] Artist Reception

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Storefronts UN[contained] is an artist in residence program that supports artists of color and aims to create a platform for community dialogue around critical social issues

Storme Webber: Photo credit: Jim Gupta-Carlson. Title: Blues Divine, 2010

Join us for the artists’ reception featuring the December artists in residence for CoCA and Shunpike's Storefronts UN[contained]. Located at 3rd Ave N between Mercer and Roy St, this is the final month for this temporary artist in residence program designed to support 12 socially engaged artists from a variety of disciplines and to celebrate cultural diversity and explore themes of racial equity and social justice, among others. 

December featured artists in residence:
Barry Johnson is a self-taught multi-disciplinary artist that is known to reflect events across the world in his shifting work. His work puts the human form at the center in a constant search for identity and history, yet strips away face and blocks voices from the viewer. He will be showing brand new work made over the past couple weeks including 4 new paintings, two 36X48 mixed-media - 1 large 5ftX9ft - an installation including a 20ft chain, wood, money, chair - three videos (projections) - and two performances featuring Angel Langley and another show with Lauren McShane from the Seattle Rock Orchestra all starting at 1pm. 

Naima Lowe is a black queer artist and educator. She uses performance, video, photo, and text to explore abjection, mourning, dislocation, and the black body in relation to the natural world. She often uses antiquated audio/visual technologies to create texture and interrogate nostalgia. She is also interested in the ways that the traditions of black utterance create space for emotional depth, code making (and breaking), and humor.

Storme Webber is a Two-Spirit, Alutiiq/Black/Choctaw, internationally-nurtured poet, playwright, educator, and interdisciplinary artist. She creates blues-influenced, socially-engaged texts and images exploring identity, art activism, and the intersections of race, class, gender, sexuality, memory, and spirit.

A partnership between CoCA, Shunpike and 225 Roy LLC, Storefronts UN[contained] is additionally made possible with the support of Elysian Brewing and the City of Seattle Department of Neighborhoods

About CoCA
CoCA serves the Pacific Northwest as a catalyst and forum for the advancement, development, and understanding of Contemporary Art. CoCA has been a vital part of contemporary art in the Northwest for 35 years, and has operated galleries and produced events throughout the Seattle area.

Barry Johnson: Photo Credit: Alex Bergstrom

About Center Steps Residential
Center Steps is planned to be a mixed-use, mixed-income residential property that intentionally integrates residential and open spaces with the Uptown Community. The developer, Barrientos, on behalf of 225 Roy LLC, has been an active participant in integrated arts projects for many years and have been collaborating closely with the Uptown Arts and Culture Committee (UACC) to activate the site prior to the start of construction. UACC was influential in developing the site program with Sara Everett, the Barrientos representative, who is also Board President of CoCA. The collaboration between Shunpike, CoCA, UACC and the Developer is a model of how good community collaboration can result in great ideas.

About UACC
Uptown Alliance Arts + Culture Committee serves as a community connector and catalyst for this project and for future projects. UACC’s objective is to activate all art forms within Uptown and to create more space (both permanent and transitional) for arts and culture, in the vibrant and expanding Uptown theatre, arts and culture community.

About Shunpike
Shunpike’s mission is to provide artists with the services, resources, and opportunities they need to forge their own paths to sustainable success. Shunpike envisions a community where independent artists and arts groups thrive, creatively and economically, and where their work is widely valued as fundamental to the cultural, social and economic well-being of Washington State.

Barry Johnson and Angel Alviar-Langley staged a pop-up art performance during his residency viewing with CoCA.

Video credits: Barry Johnson

Calendar Listing:
CoCA Storefronts UN[contained]

Saturday, December 16th, 2017, 11:30am – 2:30pm
Location: Three shipping containers across from Seattle Center on 3rd Ave N between Mercer and Roy St in the Uptown Neighborhood

Earlier Event: December 15
Sketch and Scrap
Later Event: January 13
Cathy McClure Artist Talk