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DAAP’s Annual Duct Tape Exhibition

DAAP’s annual Duct Tape Exhibition was thinking big this year, really big. The grassy area at the corner of Martin Luther King Jr. Drive and Clifton Avenue was spotted with enormous creations by the students and faculty at the University of Cincinnati’s College of Design, Architecture, Art and Planning (DAAP). You couldn’t miss the colorful […]


Holding hands with strangers, a review of In Many Hands by Kate McIntosh

  I am sitting at the center of a banquet table facing a black wall. The white cloth in front of me is clean and crisp and extends in either direction down the long skinny table. When I look in my peripherals I see the profiles of the people lined up next to me, their […]

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Dancing while the house burns down: “Jack &” a performance

Jack & centers around the experience of one man. Jack. His story is unique. He is a baker working the night shift at an industrial facility. He is reintegrating into society after time spent in prison — relearning how to exist in the outside world. He is smart, thoughtful and inquisitive. Jack’s story is also […]

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“Shasta Geaux Pop” – an intersection of Hip Hop and performance

Grab a drink. Come in, enjoy the music. The lights are low but the energy is high. The DJ is playing ‘Hot in Herre’ by Nelly. You haven’t heard it in years. People are dancing and the air is getting heavy. Colored strobes make patterns across the walls and illuminate pockets of moving bodies. Just […]

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Eat the words – ‘By Heart’ a performance by Tiago Rodrigues

Tiago Rodrigues sits on a stool in the center of the stage. He has five chairs arranged on either side of him. Flipping through a book, he casually glances up as the audience shuffles in. They settle and he looks up at the staff to confirm it is time to start the show. He is […]

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Meet Me at the Horizon, 125 Expansive Paintings in 8.5 x 11 Inch Frames

When you walk into HudsonJones Gallery, at first glance it might appear bare. The one room gallery is flooded with light, flanked with beautiful red brick and accented with sleek light wood. It is a beautiful space – contemporary while highlighting its industrial bones. Throughout the center of the room stand three walls and nothing […]

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‘Queen City: A group show of local womyn + queer artists’ at Bunk Spot Gallery

I had never heard of Bunk Spot Gallery when I started seeing mentions of it popping up on my Facebook newsfeed. These mentions were coming from many of the female identifying artists whose work I respect and follow in the local arts scene. Suddenly the gallery’s name seemed to be everywhere. I immediately took notice. […]

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Climax of the next scene, an Outsiders Exploration of Virtual Worlds

I’ve always had mixed feelings about video games. I am no gamer but I have spent my fair share of time crouched on the couch maneuvering cartoon characters on a track, adrenaline pumping and yelling obscenities at the screen. I’ve also sat near by and watched siblings, friends, and boyfriends spend hours speaking in what […]

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Twice the First Time, a contemporary fusion of hip hop, visual art and performance

Twice the First Time, a contemporary fusion of hip hop, visual art and performance Twice the First Time was not the performance I expected. Sitting down in the darkened room of the Black Box Theater, I thought I knew what this was going to be. I had been anticipating this performance since I heard about […]

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Widening the Net: Performance Art Overview Part II

Cincinnati is changing. We have seen the revitalization of the urban center and new galleries popping up in each verging neighborhood. Although it has been exciting to live amidst this cultural renaissance, it is also easier to ignore the realities of living in the Midwest. The dedication of individuals to plant roots and create the […]

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Making the Specific Universal – A Review of ‘Je danse et je vous en donne à bouffer (I Dance and I Feed You)’ by Radhouane El Meddeb

I’m perched on the kitchen counter, watching my mother cook. It’s dark outside, the company will arrive soon and the air is weighted with smell. The scene is hazy with steam that floats past and is illuminated by our kitchen lights. Sweeping and sashaying across the wooden floor, my mother’s movements are made of mystery […]

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“Well-Known Pacifically” – a powerful tribute to a community’s ‘Mutual Celebrities’

Well Known Pacifically is the third and final installment of a series of exhibitions by Antonio Adams, currently on display at Thundersky Gallery. Although I did not see the earlier shows, which began in 2012, I was deeply touched by Adams’ raw, playful and deeply thoughtful  exhibition of paintings, drawings and sculpture and the larger […]

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The landscape of Performance Art in Cincinnati: Part I

To be quite honest, watching performance art has always kind of sqeaked me out. More often than not during a performance, I find myself shifting in my seat, picking my nails or enamored by a particularly interesting speck on the chair in front of me. It’s uncomfortable for me- something I could never do. It […]

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Cody Gunningham- Expressing Inspirations from the Everyday

Cody Gunningham sits in the center of his narrow but roomy studio on Main Street, Over the Rhine. The storefront  windows are blocked from the street with canvas, but the high ceilings make up for the lack of natural light. The walls are vibrating with large colorful patterns and swaths of marigold yellow and kelly […]

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Clifton Cultural Arts Center – An Indispensable Asset

Clifton Cultural Arts Center (CCAC) is in very real of danger of losing access to the historical building it calls home. Leased from Cincinnati Public Schools (CPS), CCAC has been notified that Cincinnati Public Schools is considering prematurely terminating their lease. Committed neighborhood residents, artists, institutions and friends of CCAC have rallied to garner support […]

Read | 1 Comment | Tags: * · April 2016

Thoughts From A Millennial Artist

The millennial generation is baffling to most who are outside of it. Truthfully, it is confounding to us as well. The onslaught of the internet and the ever expanding opportunities it offers is fundamentally changing the way we as a society do almost everything. Being the generation who grew up parallel with the personal computer, […]

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Lizzy Duquette: Collaborative Interdisciplinary Artist

If you have the chance to meet Lizzy Duquette, take the opportunity to sit with her for a moment. She is quiet and shy. She might hesitate to speak first. With the right prompting however, within seconds you will see that she has the mind of an artist — teeming with big ideas and in […]

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