October 17, 2019

Northside's One-of-a-Kind Paint House is a Rentable Work of Art, Let's Take a Tour

Local artist Mark deJong, well-known for his wildly popular interactive art exhibit Swing House, has transformed another Cincinnati home into a work of art, which he plans to rent starting Nov. 1. The Paint House is located at 1555 Spring Lawn Ave. in Northside. The namesake of this particular project is derived from exploring the paint layer history throughout the home through a similar process seen in deJong's previous work at the Contemporary Arts Center. In addition to paint exploration, the two-bedroom, one-and-a-half-bath home features art installations throughout such as countertops with "painterly compositions" made from reclaimed gym flooring, a circle/square sculpture made with materials from the replaced basement support beam, cored circles from the dining room and bathroom mounted as a grid in the living room, a "hand" box sculpture, flooring pieces made from materials found during demolition and a dried paint can installation. Many pieces are reminiscent of work seen in deJong's Swing House basement display. deJong will host a weekend-long open house event from 5-10 p.m. on Oct. 26 and noon-4 p.m. on Oct. 27. For inquires about the rental property, reach out to Mark deJong at [email protected] Paint House, 1555 Spring Lawn Ave., Northside.
Photos by Hailey Bollinger
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The foyer, opening to the first floor half bathroom and living room
Hailey Bollinger
The foyer, opening to the first floor half bathroom and living room
The living room, with a view of the grid of cored circles
Hailey Bollinger
The living room, with a view of the grid of cored circles
The cored circle grid
Hailey Bollinger
The cored circle grid
A paint layer piece in the living room
Hailey Bollinger
A paint layer piece in the living room
The living room, with a view of cored circles
Hailey Bollinger
The living room, with a view of cored circles
The dining room — looking into the living room — showing the paint bucket installation
Hailey Bollinger
The dining room — looking into the living room — showing the paint bucket installation
The kitchen
Hailey Bollinger
The kitchen
The floor installation with materials from demolition
Hailey Bollinger
The floor installation with materials from demolition
The kitchen 
Photo: Provided by Mark deJong
Hailey Bollinger
The kitchen
Photo: Provided by Mark deJong
The living room
Hailey Bollinger
The living room