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BLINK Cincinnati Bringing Art to the Streets

Herakut

Last week, I had the pleasure of discovering the Art Deco gem that is Cincinnati thanks to New York’s own camera mecca B&H Photo who sponsored me (I also got to borrow a bunch of amazing lenses too). The week-long Blink festival brought a roster of mural artists in from around the world, as well as a group of projection artists who illuminated existing murals and architectural wonders each evening. The art infusion straddled the Ohio River, with projects reaching the from downtown Cincinnati to the Over-The-Rhine neighborhood, and stretching across the state border to Covington, Kentucky.

Logan Hicks

Cincinnati couldn’t have been more of a surprise. The small city seems rife with possibilities. Architectural gems (with a lot of my fave Art Deco!) are being revamped into hotels, cafes, small offices, cheese shops, cute bars, art galleries and an abundance of women owned businesses. Coupled with the local flair are an array of large scale works of art from past and present Blink Festivals, that have helped to bring the community together.

The London Police

This year’s rendition was curated by local John Beam, who lucky for me, chose a bunch of my good friends in his curatorial debut. The bulk of the eighteen large scale murals and four small pieces can now be found in the Over-The-Rhine area of Cincinnati, on historic buildings surrounding the famous Findlay Market. Artists were flown in from all over- Logan Hicks from New York, Faith47, Beau Stanton, and Keya Tama from LA, The London Police and Chinny Bond from Amsterdam, Taylor White from SC, Herakut from Berlin, Tatiana Suarez from Miami, Elle from Melbourne, Vhils from Lisbon, Galo from Torino, Natalia Rak from Poland, and Lindz and Lamb from Denver. 

Beau Stanton

Over the week, the Blink Festival invited the community to meet artists, take photo tours with B&H Photo, participate in a glow-in-the-dark parade, as well as interact with dozens of projections, installations and events. The festival culminated over the weekend with a street festival both downtown and in Covington. While the community enjoyed watching the artists create masterworks over the duration of the festival, they can look forward to seeing some of them illuminated and animated in next year’s event! Thanks again to B&H for bringing me out for a marvelous week!

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