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StudioLab in 2018

Sound Art Paisley Babylon vinyl turntablism mashupStudioLab has done many kinds of events in its’ run, but the time has come to open the doors to a new kind of artistic experience in the form of sound art, mixed-media performance art, found sound manipulation, and field recording.

That’s why StudioLab is taking 2018 to focus on founder/owner Joe Wallace’s audio project Paisley Babylon in a series of performances featuring five turntables, a variety of effects boxes, video projections and installations, and explorations of themes including America consumerism, religion, politics, and much more as found on vinyl records.

“I am interested in these 12-inch time capsules we call vinyl records as frozen moments in time,” says Joe Wallace, “They’re a lot like paintings in that way, you can experience a specific moment in history even if it’s just one artist’s personal history. I’m fascinated by both the original recordings and their potential to be turned into new works of art through manipulation, appropriation, decontextualization, and reformatting.”

Paisley Babylon has been experimenting with sound since 1997, but the early works relied heavily on cassette tapes rather than vinyl records. Today, Joe Wallace has made vinyl a major part of his focus, but lest people misunderstand his intention, music is not really the main event for Paisley Babylon. “No, music isn’t what I am creating with Paisley Babylon. There are musical elements, to be sure, but the real purpose of the artwork is to go on a sonic journey-take a trip instead of listen to a song.”

Wallace adds, “To be fair, I’ve gone back and forth quite a bit with music in my work, but going forward there is more of a Nurse With Wound style approach to soundscapes rather than what you could call an ideological commitment to musical forms. When I realized that a lot of my favorite music involved some kind of feeling of travel or being in the middle of an experience rather than ‘just a song’ I started trying to feel out how far I could take that notion.”

The first of a series of sound art installations/performance art pieces is scheduled for the first Friday in 2018 at StudioLab, which is on the second floor of the Flatiron Arts Building at 1579 N. Milwaukee in Chicago’s historic Wicker Park neighborhood. Details about the new work are pending including start times, etc.

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.