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The Bubble Process

Type of Work: mural

The Bubble Process is a two-man design and illustration firm built on this foundation: good food, good music, good time. In 2006 we, (Sean Higgins and Nicholas Rezabek), decided to make our dream job since no one else had made it for us, so here we are doing exactly what we love. The two of us met in 1999 at Kent State University and have been best buds ever since. We live apart, (Cleveland, OH and Brooklyn, NY) but come together via the World Wide Web (virtually inseparable – pun intended!), passing files, ideas, notes and jokes with digital ease and style. We happily accept samples of beer, pizza, music and burritos.

NATURE: “This is what it sounds like when I’m thinking”. This is a large crown island ascending from one of our portals, with fire from hell sent gracing the edges of the work. This concept is now simplified to represent one consistent theme of a crown castle made of gold. It will be accompanied by additional portals that reflect other thoughts and inspirations of ours and will extend beyond the primary wall.

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Mike Perry

Type of Work: mural

Bio: Mike Perry

Mike Perry is an artist, animator, creative director, brand consultant, poet, and designer. His work encompasses paintings, drawings, sculptures, art installations, books, murals, all of which are made to conjure that feeling of soul-soaring you have when you stare into distant galaxies on a dark night, when you go on long journeys into the imagination, when you laugh and can’t stop laughing. Key to Mike’s working method is the recognition that art and objects, go through many iterations—discoveries, coverings, uncoverings—until they’re finished; people do the same until they are fully revealed. He likes to cultivate collectives of celebration, exhibition, and revelation.

Inspiration: Olio by Tyehimba Jess

For the Ford Road Garage project we have collectively cultivated the provided inspirational materials which include the text “Blind Tom Plays On…,” accompanying illustrations, and “Rosa the Beautiful” into something we believe will ring true with positivity throughout the surrounding community. This blend of influence, the overall artistic freedom provided by LAND, and the physical space itself has come together to make the perfect environment for the creative options we are outlining in this proposal. We hope to express this excitement with the vibrancy and enthusiasm that has been affiliated with Mike Perry’s continuing universal themes.

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Peter Larson

Type of Work: photography

Peter Larson is a 27 year old photographer based in Cleveland. He attended Ohio University, graduating with a Bachelor in Visual Communication (Commercial Photography). He worked as a photographer and photo editor before starting Peter Larson Photo in June 2010. His Labradoodle’s name is Otto.

After working with Fred Bidwell and analyzing the motifs within the Anisfield-Wolf organization, Larson created a photography installation with human forms symbolizing columns. Placed in the Tower City RTA Station, life size photographs of Clevelanders seem like they are literally holding up the ceiling of the station. These artistic “teamwork” between a group of individuals - young, old, black, white, Hispanic - illustrates the idea of a community working towards a common goal, no matter how great the burden may be.

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Keliy Anderson-Staley

Type of Work: photography

Keliy Anderson-Staley was raised off the grid in Maine, studied photography in New York City and currently lives and teaches photography at the University of Houston in Texas. She holds a BA from Hampshire College in Massachusetts and an MFA in photography from Hunter College in New York. Anderson-Staley’s images are in the permanent collections of the Library of Congress, Cedar Rapids Museum of Art, Portland Museum of Art (Maine), and Museum of Fine Arts-Houston. She was the recipient of a New York Foundation for the Arts Fellowship, a Puffin Grant, a fellowship from the Howard Foundation, the Carol Crow Fellowship from the Houston Center for Photography and the Clarence John Laughlin Award from the New Orleans Photo Alliance. Her work was published in a solo issue of Light Work’s Contact Sheet and has been shown at the National Portrait Gallery of the Smithsonian, Portland Museum of Art, Akron Art Museum, Bronx Museum of Art, Southeast Museum of Photography and the California Museum of Photography, as well as at a number of galleries around the country. Anderson-Staley has been making wet plate collodion tintypes and ambrotypes for eleven years.

Through diligent direction from Fred Bidwell, Keliy Anderson-Staley created “50 Faces of Cleveland,” a series of tintype portraits showcasing 50 people from around the city. The idea for the project was based around the celebration of diversity exhibited through the the Anisfield Wolf Book Awards. Staley’s installation captures a true essence of Cleveland’s diversity through individual expression and creates a powerful piece that engrains the city’s culture and people.

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Type of Work: paint-and-wood

Bio: Alex Yanes

Born in Miami, Alex Yanes is the product of both the ever-evolving, fast-paced city and the burgeoning art scene. In a city filled with wild characters and over-saturated personalities, Yanes is refreshingly humble, preferring instead to let his vibrant and colorful artwork take center stage.Since he decided to pursue art full-time in 2006, his work has become his autobiography, speaking volumes about who he is and what he has seen. Yanes’ work is the result of years spent immersed in skateboard, tattoo, hip-hop and rock culture during his teenage years, but says he felt the stirrings of creativity at a young age. Each piece is a unique view into Yanes’ history and love of all things art and have caught the eye of art aficionados and corporate collectors alike.

Since he decided to pursue art full-time in 2006, his work has become his autobiography, speaking volumes about who he is and what he has seen. Yanes’ work is the result of years spent immersed in skateboard, tattoo, hip-hop and rock culture during his teenage years, but says he felt the stirrings of creativity at a young age. Each piece is a unique view into Yanes’ history and love of all things art and have caught the eye of art aficionados and corporate collectors alike.And because he supports the city that cultivated him as an artist, he has made it a priority to work with local foundations where he can help children and ultimately bolster their love of art.

And because he supports the city that cultivated him as an artist, he has made it a priority to work with local foundations where he can help children and ultimately bolster their love of art.
Whimsical and yet relatable, Yanes’ art embodies innovative use of color and imaginative subject matter and speaks to collectors and new art lovers, alike.

Like all of us, I have had moments and memories in my past that had to be let go. There are circumstances in life which we cannot control, where dwelling on them simply solves nothing. Moving on and living in the present has been the key to finding true happiness for me. We all have a “history.” We live through it, learn from it, and become stronger.
My piece titled, “Present Tense” is comprised of ‘thoughts’ from the past moving forward, gaining strength and momentum towards true happiness.