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Joe Wallace Paisley Babylon Art and Music

Mixing Music and Visual Art

 

Joe Wallace Paisley Babylon Art and Music–by Joe Wallace

I’ve been working on a lot of action paintings at StudioLab lately, and after performing last night at CIMMFest as Paisley Babylon, I’ve been thinking about doing a show featuring paintings that each have a soundtrack accompanying them. It wouldn’t always be music–sound design, soundscapes, atmospheres, etc…

I’ve toyed with working on visual art as Paisley Babylon and making the pieces more transmedia…it’s an interesting (to me) concept but I wonder if there’s a harder sell hiding behind a “band name” or stage name as opposed to selling your work as yourself.

Which makes me think that bringing “branding” to art is probably a bad idea. It’s goofy enough that you have to deal with branding as a musician or even as a writer, the idea of having a “brand” as a visual artist (at least in the context of doing shows and trying to go that traditional route more or less) makes me gag a bit. However, I understand that things are just moving in that direction anyway.

It’s a dilemma–do you buck the trend, or do you introduce it and embrace it and make it part of the work? I can’t decide which is worse–seeming like a luddite or joining the fray.

Or maybe I should just not worry about it and do what I do.

I am Joe Wallace. I am a visual artist, multi-media creator, musician, writer and vinyl seller. I have a lot of projects going on at any one time and I am always interested in new collaborations, paying work, and group shows. Get in touch with me at jwallace242@gmail.com

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StudioLab Moves Into Bridgeport Arts Center

StudioLab is a multi-media art studio that will soon open its doors in the Bridgeport Arts Center. We are sound designers, videographers and editors and mixed-media artists inspired by early industrial music, sci-fi futurism, sexy photography, and William Burroughs.

Joe Wallace, Patty Gonzalez, and Esmeralda Trujillo work with sound, video, painting and other visual art to create unique and innovative art for installations, live shows, and motion pictures. We are based in Chicago but travel regularly to perform, display our work and gather sounds for our sound effects and soundscape work.