StudioLab is located in the Flatiron Arts Building in Chicago’s Wicker Park neighborhood. It’s a multi-media arts studio specializing in video, audio manipulation, photography, painting and drawing. StudioLab creates mixed-media installation art, curates gallery shows for visiting artists, and creates print matter including ephemeral media (“zines”) and digital art books.

StudioLab is run by Joe Wallace, who began his career in the late 1980s working in broadcast media, while simultaneously developing a portfolio of experimental audio art and electronic music.  Today he is a multi-disciplinary artist working in visual art, audio, and installation art incorporating all of the above.

Selected Career Highlights

In the late 1980s, Wallace began experimenting with found sound, abused studio recording equipment, and cassette tape manipulation, while working as a disc jockey and production assistance in radio stations in the midwest including WNNS, WDBR, and WRVI in Central Illinois. Later, he found himself doing more of the same combined with self-publishing and cut-up/collage artwork while working at KICK, KTOZ, and KCBC in Springfield Missouri.

In 1990, Wallace joined the U.S. Air Force and began a long career of audio and visual experimentation in places like Misawa, Japan, Keflavik, Iceland, and Gunsan City, South Korea. At this time he was also self-publishing, creating collage art and xerox art. He was active in the zine community during this time publishing titles including the titles  Zombie, OpinioNation, Black Pages, Plop! and others.

In 1996 he became a member of the sound art/experimental music collective Crevice in San Antonio, Texas and participated in a series of gallery installation shows/performance pieces that incorporated his work in video was well as electronic experimental performance.

This work continued into the early 2000s, with  shows including Lullabies For Little Albert at Cactus Bra Gallery in San Antonio, Texas, Sugar Shock! at Sala Diaz Gallery in San Antonio, Texas, and a variety of other appearances.

In 2005, Joe Wallace held a collaborative photography show with Catherine L. Tully. “Images Of Dance” featured photography and digital artwork centered on dance and performance themes at the Frame Warehouse Gallery in Oak Park, Illinois.

In 2006 Wallace’s solo photography show, “Arirang Images” displayed a variety of rare (to Americans) glimpses into contemporary and “hidden” Korean culture at Up! Gallery in Chicago Illinois. He also began painting at this time and creating more visual art including photography, digital art, drawing, charcoal/pastels, etc.

In 2013 Wallace created StudioLab to showcase multi-media art, experimental audio, and other works. Today, Joe Wallace continues his multi-disciplinary approach and runs StudioLab, as a gallery and studio space formerly located in Chicago’s Bridgeport Art Center and now operating in Chicago’s historic Flatiron Arts Building at 1579 N. Milwaukee #220, Chicago Illinois 60622. StudioLab hours are by appointment, and you can visit every third Friday during open studio hours from 6PM to 10PM. Contact us at (312) 504-1264.

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