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StudioLab Call For Art Show Proposals

Remix Bridgeport Art Center StudioLab Joe WallaceStudioLab is actively seeking artists who work with vinyl records in any capacity for collaborative shows, solo work, etc. Read below for details.

The photo above was taken at Remix, our most recent art show which wraps up June 12, 2015. Remix is a solo show by Jessica Barnett DeCuir, and when we first decided to work together it was the start of a whole new set of possibilities for StudioLab.

Originally when I opened StudioLab in early 2014, it was intended to be much more of a work-oriented space between myself and my bandmate in Binary Partners, Ezzy Trujillo plus some collaboration with Patty Gonzales. But their work took them in other directions and I found myself using StudioLab for a variety of things aside from showcasing my own work.

So I began doing collaborative shows in the space as well as solo shows as you can see from above.

Now I am opening StudioLab up to other artists that seem to fit into the overall aesthetic I’m working in–StudioLab is, as of now, actively seeking proposals for shows to run in the space that would have their openings during the Flatiron Building First Friday open studios event in Wicker Park and run for two weeks with gallery hours by appointment and/or as the artist has time to be available with or without an appointment.

You can send a digital proposal to StudioLab via email: jwallace242@gmail.com. Please do not send attachments–instead please send a text proposal along with links to images hosted online, via YouTube, your official site, etc. You can also send proposals via regular mail to:

Joe Wallace/StudioLab, 1579 N. Milwaukee #220, Chicago Illinois 60622

At this time I am accepting all proposals for review, but I am especially interested in any artist working with vinyl records–if you are inspired by Christian Marclay, or are interesting in using vinyl as part of your work, please do get in touch with a proposal as that’s something StudioLab is planning more of in the coming months.

–Joe Wallace


Retro Oddities Volume One: Video Collage by Joe Wallace

cover-imageIn between curating Jessica Barnett DeCuir’s record cover collage art show Remix, and getting ready for a new third Friday event for June, I’ve been working on a series of video collage pieces titled Retro Oddities.

This is a collection of images from men’s magazines that have been re-photographed and recontextualized. The original images have been manipulated by selective photography, cropping and juxtaposition of several printed pieces within the frame of the photograph.

The results are something that looks far more like crime scene photography than what was originally intended; the men’s magazines I selected for this project are from the late 1960s and early 70s and were sold as adults-only print matter.

Special emphasis was placed on finding images that showed models who appear to be grimacing rather than smiling, straining, rather than enjoying, enduring as opposed to reclining. Other images were selected for their relevance to the central theme of the project, which includes the notion that creepy men’s magazines of decades gone by reveal far more about the people who create this material than the people who read it.

Have a look at this first installment of the video series below:



Remix by Jessica Barnett DeCuir

Remix Jessica Barnett DeCuir Album Cover collage Joe WallaceOn Friday, May 15th 2015, StudioLab hosted/curated Remix, the album cover collage art show by Jessica Barnett DeCuir. The show featured 24 works, all comprised of collaged album covers from the 1970s and 1980s. Jessica brought her work all the way from San Antonio, Texas and Chicago gave her a very warm welcome.

Turnout for the show was fantastic–we appreciate the support of our many friends old and new. 1200 W. 35th Street was full of activity that night, but we are very glad for all those who came up to the 5th floor to see the show. You can view Jessica Barnett DeCuir’s bio and artist statement in downloadable .PDF format.

Remix will run through mid-June, and those who missed our opening reception can view the collection by appointment. Drop us a line to arrange a viewing: jwallace242@gmail.com.

All the pieces in the Remix show are for sale–contact us for prices or to arrange pickup.

–Joe Wallace

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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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