The first wave of performers for BLINK is set to transform the region into the nation’s biggest immersive event this fall.
Fourteen international artists from four continents and 18 local artists/institutions are gearing up for large-scale projection mapping, murals and interactive light sculptures.
Thanks to new technologies, communities of artists have been able to reach new audiences, but rarely on such a scale as BLINK will unveil. The emerging and rapidly growing world of artistic possibilities is exciting, but the real magic lies in the intersection between the digital and the physical.
The nation’s largest light, art and projection mapping experience returns to Cincinnati for the first time since 2019 at the perfect time, bringing with it transcendent works in all mediums.
Exciting fans and attracting new participants, the immersive art experience unleashes the first batch of participating artists, proving the near-unbelievable amount of talent and dedication about to flood the streets of Cincinnati. Iconic visual artist Shantell Martin brings her signature black and white style enriched by her background as an intuitive philosopher and cultural facilitator, aligning it perfectly with the mission of the event. Featured muralist Case Maclaim conveys a strong visual message of movement and unity through layered hands in different positions, depicting not only physical movement but also political and societal action.
Dedicated to the city’s history and future, world-class artists are ready to celebrate its unique culture. Portuguese visual artist and illustrator AddFuel incorporates elements influenced by The Rookwood Pottery Company, over 140 years old, ensuring the past is well represented by skillfully toeing the line between depicting its own heritage and rich history. of the city itself.
Artist Wendy Yu brings a collaborative effort of projection and dance, through a partnership with Cincy-based Hip Hop Cultural Arts Center Elementz. Afro-surrealist visual artist Vince Fraser is also exploring possibilities for collaboration, working with Underworld Black Arts Festival and Napoleon Maddox to tell the story of Little Africa with a large-scale projection installation.
The region’s artistic talent is front and center, with BLINK exhibiting large-scale works.
Michael Coppage extends his BLACK BOX project with a large-scale projection installation. Local artist Jason Snell incorporates the projection mapping on the ArtWorks mural, Ezzard Charles: The Cincinnati Cobra, which Jason also designed.
Local production powerhouse Lightborne takes on the Center for Contemporary Art (CAC) for the third year, in a showing that is sure to impress. Local favorites DogFish Crew, Jessica Wolf and Mallory Feltz will also bring the Cincy vibe. Linz & Lamb, the artist duo with a member originally from Cincy bring their incredible romantic connection to every piece they collaborate on, also incorporating a love of the city.
BLINK is not limited to city streets, but rather is committed to truly integrating with the city itself, which includes installations in historic and architecturally significant buildings. Among a sea of innovations, upcoming work at The American Building in OTR, Mother of God Church in Covington, and Memorial Hall stand out. The American Building project will be the work of Sean Van Praag, a wonderful throwback artist. The latter two will be complemented by Antales Visual Designs, the Italian projection company headed by CEO Alessio Cassaro.
In addition to incorporating historic Cincinnati architecture, BLINK will also incorporate projection mapping onto an existing iconic mural, Cincinnati Toy Heritage, an ArtWorks mural, designed by local artist Jonathan Queen, and a projection mapped by artist international video cartography, Graffmapping.
This is not the only international contribution announced so far. Introducing Loop, the amazing UK-based large-scale multi-disciplinary creative team present their installation Pulse, hot on the heels of a successful Las Vegas premiere. OGE Design Group, Israel’s international art collective, is working with catwalk partners to present its “Together” installation to BLINK audiences. Spanish team Pichiavo bring their widely recognized prowess in connecting painting to sculpture in urban settings, further integrating 2D and 3D aspects into the city.
The spirit of collaboration is strong throughout the artist lineup and the resulting event, with a particular focus on nurturing young artists. To do this, MASARY Studios and Shantell Martin will work separately with young artists through ArtWorks.
The pure excitement doesn’t stop as the fan-favorite Air Architects return for the third time with an all-new setup experience for Cincinnati. Mz Icar brings the impressive 20ft sculpture “The Full Set”, which is sure to be a sight. Sonny Day – half of WBYK – will participate and create exclusive BLINK products. And lace-inspired female artists Nespoon and Devious round out the announcement so far.
With Executive Director Justin Brookhart at the helm, BLINK is an exciting experience in community building.
“This year is going to be different from years past. Growing BLINK means creating lasting impact beyond the biennial 4-day experience the event is known for, creating a show unlike any event from the previous year, and engaging with our community to make sure we honor and enrich it,” Brookhart said.
BLINK, last known to more than 1.3 million people in 2019, will host all from October 13-16. The four-day outdoor art experience across 30 city neighborhoods is sure to be unforgettable, bringing together street art, projection mapping and light-based installations.
Donations to BLINK and other arts projects and organizations can be made at artswave.org/give.
All photos courtesy of ArtsWave