Nina, Julia and Michael are bringing three tremendous exhibitions to our Globe Gallery throughout 2016. This year, the space will transform from a gallery of provocative portrature, to a library of games, to an interactive sound exhibit. We asked our incoming group of Globe Grantees a few questions to introduce them to the world. Read on!
Q: What originally inspired your project?
Nina: King Me first started as a personal project, which then provoked me to focus more on producing portraits that spread a message of purpose.
Julia: I was a toy designer/manager for 12 years. I loved it, in theory, but we were making toys for big box stores that required toys hit a very low price point. In order to achieve this, we would cost reduce the toy down to a shell of the original idea. After a while, I felt like I was just creating colorful landfill. I thought it would be cool to have a place with high quality, creative toys and games that everyone could have access to.
Michael: The inspiration for Serendipity of Sound was from my time spent at the Cincinnati Museum Center in the exhibits department. I learned how to do all aspects of interactive exhibits, and began making them on my own. I saw the joy it brought to both parents and children alike and wanted to continue these endeavors beyond my time at the museum.
I realized I could continue this love affair, and am dead set on doing just that.
Q: What impact do you hope your project has on the community? Is there a certain audience you are trying to engage?
N: My prayer is that all parties gain a sense of self worth and acknowledgement of their true identity and not the tragedies they face in the community or what is often times portrayed in the media!
J: I hope to strengthen family and community connections through playing together. I have been trying to engage everyone. Literally everyone.
M: I've always been inspired and driven to make art in the vein of kinetic movement and futurist artwork: 2D and 3D. The world is changing fast, and this movement is just as relevant today as it was 100 years ago. I am now an artist making illustrations, paintings, performances, public installments, and interactive exhibits.
Q: If you could collaborate with one person, dead or alive, who would it be and why?
N: Wood Harris. The character's Wood Harris has impersonated in his career are very relatable. I haven't met him yet, but he seems like a very genuine person to create with.
J: I honestly have no idea. I think there are so many people with such incredible ideas in the world who maybe just didn't have the opportunity to become famous. So I don't feel as though I can accurately answer this question. But if I have to answer....Robin Williams.
M: There are many artists, alive and dead whom I admire and help shape my aesthetics in art. I would like the opportunity to work with Basil Twist. He is a phenomenal puppeteer/ performance artist. Equally, I love the performance and costume work of Nick Cave. It merges beautiful craftsmanship and creativity with his performances as if no seam can be seen.
Q: Do you have any advice for future Globe Grant applicants?
N: Take a shot and prepare to WIN. Think about how to make a difference!
J: I didn't think my project "fit in" with what People's Liberty was looking to fund. But to my excitement and delight, my project was chosen. I say, just try. It doesn't hurt to apply. At the very least it gets your idea into the world. I think that can be motivation enough to start something awesome.
M: My advice to future grantees is to think big and with compromise. Know your limits budget wise, and budget your time wisely. Don't however listen to anyone's criticism that it might not work...They don't know what they're talking about.
Don’t forget to mark your calendars for the first Globe In The Dark of the year with Nina MDot’s exhibition: King Me, taking place on February 26th.