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New Work: Artificial Landscapes

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I’ve been working on some new pieces lately and they’ve taken on a life of their own…this has quickly turned into a series that shows no signs of stopping. At first I thought they might be some kind of unholy addendum to that (comparatively) little canon of Neo Plasticism, but after a lot of staring at these damn things it seems clear (to me, hah) that the origin of these images is  a lot  more practical, meaningful (to me)  and interesting than just riffing on an early 20th Century style .

I won’t give the game away, though–telling people what to think of your art feels about the same as giving away the ending of the new murder mystery thriller–it’s a cheat to the viewer who is busy forming their own ideas and opinions about what they are looking at.

A good 50% of the first-time viewing experience for any piece of art (in my mind, anyway) is deciding whether or not you like it or not, then the rest of the battle is drawn up around WTF it means, if anything, or whether it’s simply aesthetically great but isn’t making some kind of statement.

A lot of times, in my own art experiences, I’ve arrived at the “Statement” conclusions a lot later on, realizing that I had missed something crucial about what I was looking at the first time around. Sort of like watching a movie and missing a key plot detail and asking your neighbor what’s going on, I found myself needing that extra little bit of context or info to clue me in.

Case in point:

I once saw a sculpture of what appeared to be a lion or an impression of a “Chinese dragon”. It was made entirely out of cardboard and while I thought the piece was an impressive bit of tenacity and patience while assembling all those little pieces of cardboard, I hate to admit that i felt that otherwise, so what?

Imagine how stupid I felt when someone mentioned in passing, almost by accident, “It’s made entirely out of Nike shoe boxes”. And then that sculpture seemed like an entirely political statement, and a really pointed one at that.

That’s when I decided I couldn’t really judge any piece of art by my first impressions of it any more.

But I digress. This series of new work is a mixed media thing–I’m using acrylics on pine board, pen and ink on water color paper and a lot of other variations…but the end results are the same.

The blue and red piece is ink on watercolor paper, the yellow and black is acrylic on pine. I’m working an ongoing series of these for a show coming later this summer at StudioLab on the 5th floor of the Bridgeport Art Center.

These pieces aren’t technically for sale just yet, but there has been some early interest expressed, so if you want to know about  viewing and purchasing, please get in touch with me at jwallace242@gmail.com for details.

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New Paintings By Joe Wallace: Explosions

FullSizeRenderThe image above is a detail shot of my latest abstract expressionist / action painting piece titled, “Explosions”. Painting on two 20×20 canvasses with acrylics, this is the second in a series of action paintings made by design to emphasize movement, a bit of violence, and a great deal of physical effort involved in the creation.

I painted this under the influence of a lot of caffeine while listening to a German downtempo/trip hop/future jazz compilation titled Spliffen Sie Englisch.

I’ve been exploring themes related to post-traumatic stress disorder related to military service (I was in the Air Force for nearly 14 years from 1991 to 2005) and the action painting series I’m working on right now is a reflection of that, though it’s not apparent through the work itself save for the violence involved in its creation and inspiration.

This work is available for sale for $375. It consists of two 20×20 canvasses that can be shipped anywhere in the world. Free shipping worldwide. You can click here to purchase and pay via PayPal or click the PayPal Buy Now button below.

You are purchasing this artwork directly from me, the artist. I created this work on March 6 2015. You are purchasing the original artwork, not a print. Color reproduction on your computer screen may not be 100% accurate depending on the calibration of your equipment. Every effort has been made to accurately represent the art in its actual state. Background details should not be misconstrued to be part of the work.

If you would like to arrange a private viewing of this abstract expressionist/action painting piece by Joe Wallace, please contact the artist by e-mail at jwallace242@gmail.com. The artist and the painting are located in Chicago. You can view this painting at the artist’s studio, StudioLab, located on the 5th Floor of the Bridgeport Art Center in Chicago, Illinois.

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Things I Wrote While Drinking by Joe Wallace

Outsider Art zine Joe Wallace Things I Wrote While DrinkingStudioLab presents its first glossy newsstand-style publication of art and weirdness produced there. Things I Wrote While Drinking is 28 pages of outsider art, writing, ranting, and musing created under the influence of wine, beer and other beverages that produce enhanced states of mind.

It’s currently available for sale at Quimby’s in Chicago but you can also purchase it directly from StudioLab via PayPal. This first edition features beautiful full color cover art by Sharon Gissy, plus rants, musings, illustrations and humor by Joe Wallace.

2015: Year Of The Manifesto, The Rant, and The Screed Update


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The year-long art installation project 2015: Year of The Manifesto, The Rant, and The Screed is off to a great start and it’s not even New Year’s Eve yet! I’ve set up the initial display in my window the outer walkway area of StudioLab (located on the 5th floor of the Bridgeport Art Center in Chicago) to include a small collection of books that inspire the project and offer some cultural context for it.

This project will change and mutate on a regular basis and while the initial presentation is a bit more on the educational side (especially the books and the early writings to give context) I do plan to dive into a great many of my own manifesto, rant and screed writings which are all custom made for the installation as I go.

I’ve even got some time set aside to do a “rants on vinyl” section to showcase some crazy LPs I’ve discovered along the way, and sometime in 2015 I plan to explore something I call “visual rants” and the notion of a visual manifesto that is communicated in pictures rather than words.

This entire year-long project is inspired, informed, and even promoted by zines, indie publishers, etc. A lot of the visual style is informed by roadside panhandlers and religious zealots with their hand-lettered signs and placards. Still more inspiration comes from the ravings of conspiracy nuts and religious extremists of all types.

My goal in using this style is twofold—I find my own handwriting to share similar qualities with these people (for better or worse) and I’m hoping to refine my style a bit through a LOT of daily handwriting. Secondly, I’m not setting out to make fun of anyone, but I have long found myself wondering what the reaction would be if the same exaggerated style were used to communicate non-conspiracy minded or “repent, sinner!” type messages.

So this project is sort of a social experiment as well as anything else I might be trying to do.

Here are some images of the work so far. These are not all the pictures available, you can see all the work to date as it evolves by following me on Instagram at instagram.com/thestudiolab. I’ll be documenting the work all year long as it evolves–I am hoping to change things on a weekly basis, if not more often than that as time permits…at the end of the year I will compile all the documentation into a book about the project. Do I dare keep a diary about this and including it in the book? Might be a good idea…

–Joe Wallace

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