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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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2015: Year of the Manifesto, The Rant, and the Screed

 

StudioLab 2015 Year Of The Manifesto

What you see here is an event at StudioLab as viewed through the large picture window in the hallway of the space. That window area becomes home to a new StudioLab installation art project in 2015 that will last an entire year and feature an ever-changing collection of material being posted and documented.

The project is called 2015: Year of the Manifesto, the Rant, and the Screed. Partly inspired by outsider artists, partly inspired by the “Aspen Wallposter” art of Hunter S. Thompson, and partly inspired by zine and indie publishing culture, this project is ongoing through the entire year. It will be extensively documented here and on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook. The entire project will be collected at the end of 2015 and published in a book bearing the same name.

Keep watching this space for news, updates, and more information about this unique and challenging installation art project at StudioLab!

StudioLab Show Friday July 18 2014: Meow Mix

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Third Friday Open Studio at Bridgeport Art Center in Chicago includes the StudioLab show MEOW MIX featuring the cat-themed artwork of Sharon Gissy, plus gallery-sized prints of a new zine by Joe Wallace. 

The show features music mixes curated by both artists plus additional material by Wallace and other StudioLab collaborators.

StudioLab is at 1200 W 35th St, in Chicago on the corner of Racine and 35th. We are located on the 5th floor of the Bridgeport Art Center in the Fashion and Design Center section, though we are neither fashion or design-based, we are happy to be part of the growing artist community there!

The StudioLab Blog

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I’m not the only person who creates art, music, zines and graphic novel work at StudioLab–I have art partners who I collaborate with and do group shows with. But I’m probably the most passionate of my art partners when it comes to blogging and writing about my experiences as an artist and full-time creative type.

With that in mind, so begins the StudioLab blog. I figure that when my art partners feel moved to write about something in this space, I’ll leave it up to them to speak about their individual experiences, impressions, and opinions. I’m addressing things from my perspective only–when you read the byline on the blog, that’s the experience being represented. In other words, I won’t presume to speak for them, and I don’t think they would presume to speak for me either…

I tend to write a great deal, so this space can get a bit ranty at times in the interest of getting details out, covering lots of bases, and not leaving out credit where credit is due. Keep your eyes peeled on this space, there’s much discussion about art and the creative life in general to come.

Joe Wallace is a fulltime freelance creative professional. He writes, blogs, manages social media, and creates mixed-media and transmedia artwork at StudioLab, which he runs out of the Bridgeport Art Center in Chicago Illinois. Contact him at jwallace242@gmail dot net.