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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!

Goth/Industrial Album Art Show At StudioLab

Records Wanted Skinny Puppy Front 242
Turntabling is now purchasing record collections featuring industrial bands such as Skinny Puppy, Front 242, Ministry, RevCo and more.

An upcoming art show curated by StudioLab and Turntabling.net will feature the images and sounds of dark music by some of the most legendary bands of the genre.

As part of this art show, Turntabling is in search of record collections to purchase that feature gothic, industrial, dark electronica bands and related performers. We wish to purchase record collections to use in the exhibit.

If you have records by Skinny Puppy, Front 242, Ministry, RevCo, Fad Gadget, Frontline Assembly, Sisters of Mercy, The Mission UK, Armageddon Dildos, Coil, Legendary Pink Dots, Muslimgauze, Noise Unit, Shinjuku Thief, Black Tape For A Blue Girl, Download, Puppy Gristle, The Jackofficers, Switchblade Symphony, Big Electric Cat, Christian Death, Nurse With Wound, Current 93, Dead Artist Syndrome, Electric Hellfire Club, My Life With Thrill Kill Kult, and many others, we definitely want to hear from you.

Contact by email: jwallace@turntabling.net. All serious offers considered.

As mentioned above, there is a great reason for this massive hunt for gothic, industrial, and otherwise dark records-Turntabling, in association with the Chicago artist-run StudioLab located in the historic Flatiron Arts Building in Chicago, is preparing an art show featuring album covers and related materials from the classic era of industrial music. Turntabling seeks to buy record collections that prominently feature gothic/industrial albums to increase the amount of items on display at the exhibit.

Unfortunately due to insurance concerns, we cannot accept loans of this material–we can only purchase outright. But if you have vinyl records to sell, or collections of vinyl that also include posters, fan badges, books, etc on the subject, please get in touch. We are considering all serious offers.

Joe Wallace is curating the show and can be contacted via the address above. Again, record collections that include a lot of gothic/industrial albums, posters, buttons, books, fanzines, etc. will be considered for purchase. We are definitely interested in buying in bulk rather than small lots, but will consider any serious offer regardless of size.

The date for the exhibit has yet to be established since we are in the research and collection phase for the materials, but time is of the essence since we’d like to have the material collected and prepared for display soon. Get in touch as quickly as possible to schedule an appointment to view your collection and discuss purchase options.

Records Wanted Ministry Skinny Puppy industrial

StudioLab in 2016

There are a LOT of things going on in early 2016 at StudioLab. We have many announcements to make this week–stay tuned for lots of updates come Monday! We have TWO shows in February to announce and more on the way. Tonight–January 1st 2016–we have an open studio night with working artists making things and talking all things art. It’s an informal night here but do drop in:

StudioLab
#220 Second Floor Flatiron Arts Building
1579 N. Milwaukee
Chicago Illinois