Columbus Metropolitan Library
This 30-foot mural was commissioned for the Driving Park Branch of the Columbus Metropolitan Library. This centrally located room is the meant for quiet reflection. The title of this work belies the process I sought in making it: “Driving Park, from end to end on East Livingston, through the eyes of Makyra, Imani, Alicia (AL) and Sarah, on a January afternoon.” I had to shift one of the main approaches I take in making my artwork, which is considering place(s) along my commutes or as part of my travels. This time, I was asked to make a work of art in a room that is the heart of one of the most beloved and popular libraries in a neighborhood I had never been to before. The Driving Park branch is a haven for kids, they come after school daily to work in the lab where they are taught graphic design, digital film and photography by staff. Talking with the kids, asking them their feelings and thoughts about their neighborhood, were interactions that made the work what it is. Buildings I may have initially thought “important” were replaced or made less prominent through conversations about other stores, churches or houses that have meaning to the residents of this Historic neighborhood just SE of Columbus. The mural uses 45 screens, with 85 unique prints layered to the wall with acrylic paint.
My work is a result of visual consideration of places along my daily commute through and around Cleveland, Ohio. In this section, I focus on Photo Lithography as a means to use my own daily photography as a journalistic survey of properties and land. While all of my work is a mix of media, these are a smaller, more simplified look at the pictures and places themselves.
Warehouse District Anthology
Warehouse District Anthology is a collection of stories that tell the history of Cleveland’s first neighborhood. Designed to appear as highly styled book pages on the street, the freestanding kiosks are the creations of artist Corrie Slawson, with historical text supplied by Tom Yablonsky, executive director of the Historic Warehouse District Development Corporation. Text layout and composition was completed in partnership with graphic artist Danielle Rini Uva.
The first two chapters in Anthology—“Architectural Style and Architects,” located on the corner of West 6th Street and St. Clair Avenue, and “The Garment Industry,” at 1223 West 6th—have been completed and installed. Design work is now underway on six additional kiosks.
Warehouse District Anthology is a project of the Historic Warehouse District Development Corporation. Funding, in part, was generated through the City of Cleveland’s Public Art Program, as part of the West 6th Street Enhancement Project, which was completed by the city in 2013. The program requires larger capital projects undertaken by the city to set aside an amount equal to 1.5% of the capital project’s construction budget toward public art.