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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 News

Joe Wallace Chicago abstract painterStudioLab had a very busy summer with a variety of shows, receptions, informal open-studio nights, but most of all a TON of art produced. We informally opened our doors on Friday, October 7 2016 as part of the Flatiron Arts Building First Friday Open Studios event to kick off a new fall season…

The real news for StudioLab is that we are celebrating one year in our new location in the Flatiron building. Prior to taking up residency there, we were located at the Bridgeport Art Center and had several excellent shows there. As 2016 winds down, we are anticipating the new year with several concepts for shows; stay tuned for announcements on those in the weeks to come.

One of the concepts we are working on at StudioLab is the not-new, but still seemingly in embryonic form idea of combining the physical art show with virtual or online art shows. One idea we are working on involves mobile technology, scanning, and the concept of turning the larger material world into a gateway to an online art space. Details are being kept under wraps for now, but look for this notion to be expanded on here soon.

 

 

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 Feb 26-28 2016 At StudioLab

Size Matters Art Show StudioLab Chicago Art

We all pretend it doesn’t, but size matters. This isn’t about anatomy; it is about space. Who has the room to hang a gigantic painting or photograph? Most of us live in fairly small places and we need small art.

To this end Mapanare.us and StudioLab present “Size Matters” via ConstantlyConsumingCulture.com. The show opens Friday, February 26 and runs until Sunday February 28. An online version of the show runs from Monday, February 29 until March 16, 2016. The opening reception takes place Friday, February 26 from 6 p.m. until 10 p.m.

All the art in this show is the size of a legal U.S. postcard. Pieces are rectangular, at least 3-1/2 inches high by 5 inches long and no more than 4-1/4 inches high by 6 inches long. We are making some allowances for pieces that are three dimensional. Art comes from painters, photographers, video and mixed-media artists. Artists come from all over the USA (and one from Mexico). At the bottom of the release are links to artist websites.

Artists are charged no fees and get the total amount of any piece sold in person or online (processing fees for credit cards and shipping are added to the cost).

Artists set to appear (we may add some); Renee McGinnis (Chicago) Gabriel Martinez (Philadelphia), John Airo (Chicago), Samantha Eden Oakey (Miami), Gretchen Hasse (Chicago), Kimberly Fitzgerald (San Diego), James Messersmith (Los Angeles), Elyse Martin (Chicago), Joe Wallace (Chicago), Manzana Oscura (Mexico City) Areli Leon (Chicago).

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