With Junctionview Studios shuttered, former tenants keep the creativity flowing
During an 11-year run that ended in April, Junctionview Studios housed more than 60 city-shaping creatives, from abstract painter Leah Wong to tattoo maven Kat Moya to psych-folk rockers Flotation Walls. But the bright-red building that will be demolished to make way for Grandview Yard’s expansion was more than a workspace. Regular collaborations helped unify a diffuse local-arts scene, and events including annual mixed-media bash Agora provided a hotbed where curious outsiders could appreciate art from process to finished product. Former Junctionview tenants have scattered around town, settling in new and established studios and finding ways to keep the collaborative energy going.
Owner of Stinkybomb Soap
New home: Tacocat Co-Operative, a block from her former studio. The new collective includes 11 Junctionview alumni and a new artist.
How she’s moving forward: Focusing on creating stronger bonds with artists. “There’s an intimacy here that I don’t think that I had at Junctionview. Everybody sees each other more often, so we’re starting a little family. I think that comfort makes me a stronger artist at the end of the day.”
New home: 400 West Rich, a Franklinton artists collective. “I just wanted a space I could go in and pay rent that was already an established community.”
How he’s moving forward: Getting to know Franklinton artists. “[The space is] very raw, but with all the events and markets happening here, it’s definitely on the upswing, and a lot of people are coming in. Plus, the city’s just pouring money into this side of town, so I’m excited I got in early.”
Photographer and mixed-media artist
New home: His own collective, Brick Box Studios, with three former Junctionview tenants in a Grandview warehouse.
How he’s moving forward:Working on Brick Box’s look and events like installations and parking-lot concerts. “We’re trying to give [the space] some quirky, artsy touches just through our personalities, and I painted all the walls white with a black trim for a very modern, contrasted look, so the bright colors of our art stand out.”