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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

Wino Art Show Sponsored by StudioLab Now Online

AWinoOn Saturday June 25, StudioLab hosted/curated Wino, an art show by Patrick Ogle featuring paintings and other art on reclaimed wood from wine boxes. The reception was held in StudioLab’s exhibition space at 1579 N. Milwaukee in Chicago’s Wicker Park neighborhood, and the physical show is available by appointment only from now until Saturday July 2nd.

The online version of the show is available for viewing and purchase at http://www.constantlyconsumingculture.com/. There have already been a number of works sold, but there is still a nice variety of work available to purchase. Don’t miss this one-of-a-kind art show! Here are just a few of the works available from now until July 25 2016:

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Size Matters Art Show Now Online

Size Matters Art Show StudioLab Chicago Art

The Size Matters show that ran in StudioLab recently has been taken down from the physical space at StudioLab and has moved online at http://www.constantlyconsumingculture.com/. All artwork listed there is for sale unless otherwise indicated.

Size Matters is a show featuring post-card sized artwork from a variety of artists both Chicago-based and international. The show runs online for a limited time-don’t miss the chance to see postcard sized works by John Airo, Gretchen Hasse, Manzana Oscura, Renee McGinnis, Gabriel Martinez, and many others.