StudioLab Sound Art Series

Joe-Wallace-Turntabling-Rare-RecordsStudioLab has its roots in sound-one of the earliest versions of the art space itself was rooted in recording and sound installations.

StudioLab returns to its sound-based roots with a series of sound art projects that include appropriation of old vinyl records, found sound, field recording, and other manipulation of audio.

The first of these projects is in progress, and we’ll provide samples soon…as well as an artist statement for this series and some other musings.

The StudioLab philosophy with sound art includes the idea that sound artists have an added challenge when it comes to their work-sound is all around us every day, and it can be difficult to create art that feels different and new, removed from the soundscapes that surround us all day, every day.

One notion being studied and investigated in this work includes the following idea: as a painter I have enjoyed the luxury of making work that is easier to show as a unique object. People don’t encounter paintings all day, every day. Is it harder to entice an audience using raw materials that we experience from the moment we wake to the moment we fall asleep?

More details are coming.

Looking Ahead to Art In 2017

StudioLab began in 2013 as an idea, and in early 2014, as a physical space where multi-media/multi-disciplinary art could be created and presented. As we get ready to round the corner into 2017, it’s a bit hard to believe that three years have gotten past us already. In that time we’ve done solo and group art shows with Jessica Barnett DeCuir, Patrick Ogle, Sharon Gissy, Andrew Rehs, and others plus performances by Binary Partners, and Paisley Babylon, plus screenings,  plus…plus…

(There were far too many commas in that previous sentence.)

As December 2016 begins to enter the downhill slide toward New Year’s Eve, there are several ideas flying about the place regarding what to do next with StudioLab. Some of those ideas involve notions inspired by Fluxus; some others are inspired by the wonderful writings and work of Bob and Roberta Smith, Raymond Pettitbon, and Ralph Steadman.

One thing is certain-this space in the past has been used mostly as a sort of signboard for upcoming events, but at least two of the notions we’re considering in 2017 involve use of digital and online delivery systems in a more active way. This will naturally affect how the website here functions, so we urge you to keep an eye on this space as we endeavor to blur the lines between the gallery, the website, the art studio, and the outside world in general.

It’s too early to let any more details slip for now, but we’ll be doing more discussion of our plans in the weeks to come.

–Joe Wallace
Owner/Curator
StudioLab Chicago

Friday November 4 StudioLab Presents the Pop-Up Vintage and Vinyl Shop

November 4 1579 N. Milwaukee 2nd Floor #220  6-10 PM

Friday November 4 2016, StudioLab presents its first-ever popup vintage and vinyl shop. We will have vintage clothing and glassware from a variety of eras, and a LOT of amazing, rare, hard-to-find, and generally lustworthy vinyl records for sale. All proceeds from the vinyl sale go directly to support StudioLab and there is a LOT to choose from.

StudioLab is in Chicago’s historic Flatiron Arts Building, at 1579 N. Milwaukee on the second floor in #220. Go up the stairs, turn left, and follow the hall and the signs!

StudioLab News

Joe Wallace Chicago abstract painterStudioLab had a very busy summer with a variety of shows, receptions, informal open-studio nights, but most of all a TON of art produced. We informally opened our doors on Friday, October 7 2016 as part of the Flatiron Arts Building First Friday Open Studios event to kick off a new fall season…

The real news for StudioLab is that we are celebrating one year in our new location in the Flatiron building. Prior to taking up residency there, we were located at the Bridgeport Art Center and had several excellent shows there. As 2016 winds down, we are anticipating the new year with several concepts for shows; stay tuned for announcements on those in the weeks to come.

One of the concepts we are working on at StudioLab is the not-new, but still seemingly in embryonic form idea of combining the physical art show with virtual or online art shows. One idea we are working on involves mobile technology, scanning, and the concept of turning the larger material world into a gateway to an online art space. Details are being kept under wraps for now, but look for this notion to be expanded on here soon.

 

 

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