Aaron Henkin & Wendel Patrick
Radio Producer & Musician
Aaron Henkin is a co-creator and producer of the long-running weekly cultural program, “The Signal,” on Baltimore’s NPR affiliate, WYPR. His work has aired nationally on NPR’s “Morning Edition” and “All Things Considered;” PRI’s “Studio 360,” “The World,” and “Hearing Voices;” and APM’s “The Story.” Aaron is also creator, producer, and host of the Smithsonian Folkways Recordings radio series, “Tapestry of the Times.” Henkin also teaches the “Creativity and Innovation” course in MICA’s MBA/MA in Design Leadership program.
Wendel Patrick is the music producer alter ego of classical and jazz pianist Kevin Gift. Described as "David Foster Wallace reincarnated as an audio engineer" by Urbanite Magazine, Patrick has released five critically acclaimed solo albums, and has performed in cities throughout Europe, the United States, and Latin America. His production work has aired nationally on NPR’s “Morning Edition” and “Hearing Voices.”
Henkin and Patrick use audio, video, and photography to capture stories of the Station North community. Through intimate interviews, Out of the Blocks: Station North brings the voices and faces of LOCALLY SOURCED artists and members of the Station North community into the galleries. Narratives from Paula Whaley, NETHER, and Jason Hoylman intertwine with those from a sampling of their Station North networks, including Vander Pearson of Pearson’s Flower Shop, Piper Watson and John Shea of the Station North Tool Library, and Jim Clemmer and Esther Armstrong of Sankofa African & World Bazaar.
Portrait photos are shot from extreme angles with high-contrast filters to present an honest, unromanticized version of the community and its members. Patrick samples ambient sounds from Henkin’s interviews, weaving them into the conversations to produce an original score—further immersing the viewer into the interview experience. The duo previously collaborated in 2012 to create OUT OF THE BLOCKS, a radio series that combined experimental sounds, music, and photographs with the oral histories of residents in Baltimore’s Waverly neighborhood. For LOCALLY SOURCED, Henkin and Patrick feature the story of a community they are more familiar with, as the neighborhood is the site of much of their work. The collage of collected stories reflects how the LOCALLY SOURCED artists and their networks overlap, informing and contributing to one another’s lives, thus becoming a part of Station North’s overall story.
Other community members featured in photographs and audio for Out of the Blocks: Station North include:
Martin Kasey at Canteen
Brian and Akeisha at Caribbean Paradise
William Jarboe III, Tyler W Davis, Mark Wadley, and Austyn Sullivan of “Barbelith’ at Hour Haus
Jina Hall at Liam Flynn’s
Lorenzo Centeno and Alicia Menbreno at Mi Comalito
Sherman and Antwon at Perfect Touch Hair Salon and Barber Shop
P.J., Josiah Morgan, Gabby Vigo, Cullen Nawalkowsky, Lania Thomas, and Reginald Simms at Red Emma’s
Arman Mizani, David Meyer, Natalia Bacchus, Sarah Dougherty, and Jeffrey Gates at Station North Tool Library
Russell de Ocampo at The Windup Space
All Original Content © 2014 Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA) Curatorial Practice MFA Program Class of 2015