by Maria Seda-Reeder
the ever-growing number of public art murals in Covington, Ky., BLDG welcomed
the Brooklyn-based street art collective, FAILE in October to complete a
massive painted Pop art installation in their torn collage style that spans three
walls and either side of Sixth Street.
BLDG, the locally
grown art gallery/branding firm, is responsible for numerous murals around
Covington including (but not limited to) 10 recognizable black and white characters
done by The London Police on notable Covington landmarks and businesses, as
well as the current COV200 mural project for the city’s bicentennial
celebration, which will involve more than 20 murals by the time it’s completed.
artists Patrick McNeil and Patrick Miller sent a crew of two studio assistants
to begin the initial layout for the piece, which involved pouncing an outline
of the design onto walls with cheesecloth bags filled with powdered pigment. Unfortunately
for their studio assistants who had come to do the initial legwork, whenever it
would rain (and before they could trace a more permanent outline with Sharpie),
a storm shower would come and wash it all away.
some less than ideal weather conditions during the two-week installation process,
the artists themselves came into town the final two days of painting and were
able to finish the grand installation by Oct. 23, when I met up with them at
Arnold’s amidst a full table of BLDG employees, headed by Lesley Amann.
stepped in as partner at BLDG after the founder — her husband, and the driving force
behind BLDG’s commitment to public art — passed away a year ago this month.
Lesley said that the FAILE mural was one of the last projects Mike began before
he got sick and when I asked Miller and McNeil, “Why Covington?” McNeil echoed
to the artist, a large factor in FAILE’s involvement was due to, “getting to
know these guys and wanting to pull through for them and represent.”
unveiled the new three-wall piece to the public on Oct. 23 and the mural
included such iconography as the FAILE dog and a cat burglar on the opposing
wall, as well as a visual reference to some of the collaborative’s newer works,
which depict classic American muscle cars.
Miller puts their artistic approach in simple terms.
has always been about making images that people can find their own narrative in
and relate to in their own way. It’s always more fun for us to see the way
people react to the work — the kind of stories they make up about it. Whenever
you’re doing public work, that’s the beauty of it: It’s meant for anyone to
by Paloma Ianes
Posted In: Street Art
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of high-end street art expands today with the unveiling of a vibrant mural
created by Brooklyn-based artists FAILE. The mural will cover the rear walls of
the adjacent Republic Bank and Donna Salyer’s Fabulous Bridal buildings on the
corners of Sixth Street and Madison Avenue.
and Patrick Miller, collectively known as FAILE, create multimedia
installations and collage, incorporating an experimental style and popular
cultural references. Although FAILE has exhibited art in traditional gallery
spaces, their work on city walls across the globe has put them on the
innovative edge of the street art community. Amsterdam, New York, London,
Bethlehem, Palestine and Vienna are just a few of the cities where FAILE’s work
can be found.
collage-style mural was inspired by the artists’ “rip style painting.” It
features classic FAILE motifs along with suggestions of Kentucky culture. The
placement of the mural on two adjacent buildings allows the split images to
visually converse with each other through space. The mural’s high contrast and
dramatic aesthetic references FAILE’s inspiration from screen printing along
with urban contemporary art. The humorous overtone of the mural’s imagery makes
a strong visual connection to pop art and comic book illustrations.
BLDG, a cooperative arts organization working to “foster inspiration, the
visionary and the uncommon” will host the unveiling of the mural. BLDG nurtures
creativity by providing branding, gallery space, publicity and refuge for
artists and innovative thinkers. Their unique team brings internationally
celebrated artists to the Covington area, placing the city on the list of
artistically progressive areas. BLDG’s projects have included collaborations with the London
Police and Prefab77.
will take place from 5-7 p.m. tonight at the mural site. Drinks and food will
be provided by Rhinegeist, Arnolds, Tito’s Vodka and The Gruff (a pizza
shop/deli coming soon to Covington). Go here for more info.
by Jac Kern
Posted In: Events
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The Cincinnati Art Museum’s monthly Art After Dark series is a really
cool way to experience the historic art institution. Each final Friday, the CAM
opens its doors after hours for a themed night of gallery tours, live
performances and a cash bar with happy hour drinks and appetizers. Friday’s Art
After Dark: Rococo Vibrations includes tour of Genius and Grace: François Boucher and the Generation of 1700
(members-only at 5:30 p.m., public tours at 6:30 and 7:30 p.m.) and the
Neo-Soul stylings of Tracy Walker from 6-8 p.m. The free event runs 5-9 p.m.;
parking is $4.
Oyster Festival kicks off Friday. This 28th annual food fest features a menu of more than 40
styles of oyster dishes, including Smoked Oyster Salad, Fried Oyster Tacos,
Oyster Stuffed Jalapenos, Oysters Mardi Gras and Nantucket Oysters. Guests can
enjoy lunch, dinner and happy hour specials and pay to play various games for
prizes, with proceeds benefiting the Saint Francis Soup Kitchen in
Over-the-Rhine. Washington Platform’s Oyster Festival specials are available 11
a.m.-10 p.m. Friday-Saturday, 4-8 p.m. Sunday and 11 a.m.-9 p.m. Monday- Thursday.
Recent Grammy Award winners
Roomful of Teeth perform at the Contemporary Arts Center Friday. The vocal
group specializes in blending classical singing techniques with diverse World
music styles for a completely unique sound — one of their songs is in a made-up
language! The concert, which begins at 8 p.m., is just the latest offering from
the CAC’s solid performance series. Tickets are $14, $8 for members. Read our
story on Roomful of Teeth here.
This weekend is your last
chance to check out Krohn Conservatory’s spring show, Avant Garden. The show features exotic flowers and shrubs with
recycled materials in the landscape. Avant
Garden closes Sunday along with the Conservatory’s spring plant sale. The
anticipated annual butterfly show — this year it's Pura Vida: The Butterflies of Costa Rica — opens April 12.
Day in Cincinnati is not only a city holiday, but a rite of passage for locals.
It marks the first game of the Reds’ season (baseball’s first professional
team), the unofficial start of spring and the return of one of the best parades
of the year, the Findlay Market Opening Day Parade — now in its 95th year!
Opening Day may not be until Monday, but Covington gallery BLDG is getting a
jump on festivities beginning Friday.
199C: Cincinnati’s Opening Day
is an exhibit of baseball-, Cincinnati- and Opening Day-themed art from more
than 40 artists from around the neighborhood and world. The exhibit opening
starts at 4 p.m. Friday with music from Automagik, food trucks, a live art
installation, retro video game competitions and a pop-up Wiffle ball game on
Pike Street. Find more info here.
Opening Day celebrations
run the gamut from sports-related fun to art, bar events and food. Check out a
roundup of Monday’s happenings here.
Be sure to read this week’s
Best of Cincinnati issue for reader and staff picks on the city’s best
restaurants, businesses, events and more.
For more art openings, theater shows, parties and other stuff to do
this weekend, check out our To Do picks and
Remembering Mike Amann, Covington's public arts advocate
0 Comments · Tuesday, November 26, 2013
Mike Amann wasn’t interested in
overthinking things. The designer, gallery owner, contemporary art
collector, husband and new father was more prone to spontaneous acts of
creativity than pre-calculated plans. Whatever the project, he always
dove right in and went for it.
by Jac Kern
Decision made one day after BLDG's Mike Amann passed away
UPDATE: Cork ‘N
Bottle has reached out to BLDG and the public to apologize for the removal of
The London Police mural made possible by BLDG and Mike Amann, who passed away
Cork ‘N Bottle’s
Tim Hue met with BLDG owners to apologize for the unfortunate timing of the
mural removal. The company says it will donate $1,000 to the American Cancer Society in
Mike Amann’s name and work to bring The London Police back to Covington to
create a new mural. Both the gallery and Cork ‘N Bottle shared the news on
update on the Cork-N-Bottle
London Police - Official mural situation:
We just had an excellent meeting with Tim Hue from Cork
N Bottle issuing a formal apology along with a gracious $1,000 donation to the American
Cancer Society on behalf of Mike Amann.
We fully accept this apology along with Tim's eagerness
to correct the situation. We will be working with Tim and Cork N Bottle on
replacing the mural in a timely fashion.
Also, we would like to state that the unfortunate
timing of the event was in no way intended to be malicious or insensitive in
Thank you Cork N Bottle for doing the right thing for
the City of Covington and our community.”
‘N Bottle also reached out to fans on their page:
understand and sincerely regret the hurt that the removal of the art mural has
caused our community. We acted out of a concern of a Maker’s Mark copyright
violation – which we feared might affect our relationship with a key supplier.
We certainly had no intention of offending The London
Police - Official, BLDG
or the community who had come to appreciate and enjoy the mural. We have been a
part of this community for 50 years and as always, wish to work
in the best interest for our community's development and growth. We regret the
loss of this piece of art, and thank you for your comments and your enthusiasm
for Covington. We too share your passion for our neighborhood and love being a
part of this community. In furtherance of our sincere apologies, Cork 'N Bottle
has made a donation in the name and memory of Michael T. Amann to The American
Cancer Society. We invite others to join us.”
POST: 10 a.m. Tuesday, Nov. 12
The London Police
mural on the side of Covington’s Cork ‘N Bottle has been removed by the liquor
artists TLP came to Greater Cincinnati this August as part of a collaboration
with Covington’s BLDG. The London Police created one large mural and several
smaller graffiti works across Covington during their two-week stay. Cork ‘N
Bottle owners, according to BLDG, agreed to keep one of the works on the side
of their building for at least one year. The mural was removed Monday.From BLDG’s Facebook Page:
“Huge loss in
Covington today. Cork 'N Bottle decided to paint over their The
London Police - Official mural today. Let us state that the agreement of
the mural being painted on the building was that the painting would be up for
at least a year after completion. From this point forward, we will surely only shop at The Party Source for all our spirits!”
comes just a day after BLDG owner Mike Amann passed away Sunday after a battle with stage
four neuroendocrine cancer.Friends of Amann
and fans of the artwork reached out to Cork ‘N Bottle on Facebook for an
explanation. The liquor store posted the following statement this morning.
London Police mural was removed from our building at 501 Crescent Ave.
yesterday. The reasons for this are that the contract to have it painted was
unauthorized and the image was an infringement on the Maker’s Mark trademarked
bottle image. Please look for new art coming this spring as a new mural is
being properly contracted.”
This blog will be updated when more information becomes available.
0 Comments · Wednesday, November 13, 2013
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