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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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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!

Chicago ZineFest 2014

Independent Publishing in Chicago

Last night I attended a meeting for organizers and volunteers for the next Chicago Zine Fest. It was a room full of educators, fans of indie publishing, and zine publishers themselves. Lots of talk about the next Chicago Zine Fest, self publishing and indie publishing, and the love of indie culture in general.

I published zines in the 90s, and am currently working on returning to indie publishing with some work I’ve been doing in StudioLab. It won’t be long before my new title is ready to publish and it’s pretty exciting to be working on zines, graphic-novel inspired material, and incorporating more text into my artwork in general.

My background is in writing, and I’m still earning most of my living from writing, so it has been an interesting journey bringing my multiple worlds together between writing, music, and art.

One thing that I think is really fascinating about trends in indie culture overall is that today, “handmade” has a lot of weight and carries a lot of currency. But when I was self-publishing in the 90s, it seems that there was a more bias against hand-made. Looking back, my perception is that we really had not entered maker culture yet. Handmade and maker stuff has a great deal more respect these days, it seems.

That’s one of the reasons my first title in my return to zines and indie publishing in general is entirely written and illustrated by hand–no computers, no Word documents or PDFs were used to create the content for the zine. For better or worse, all the text is my own hand, all the pages were drawn to fit and not subject to external layouts or computer assisted layout.

I’m putting the finishing touches on this now, but the new title is a combination of observational writing, satire, and personal writing. I know it’s a lot of growing up in public, as it were, but this type of writing and artwork is new to me and it’s a lot of fun to explore–and pretty revealing, too.

Back to Chicago Zine Fest. Even now, moving into the end of spring and the start of summer, they are looking for volunteers and volunteer organizers to help make the next Zine Fest a reality in March of next year. I strongly encourage anyone who is a fan of zines or indie publishing to consider volunteering in either capacity. This is definitely a worthy cause and a good use of your time. You can learn more at the Chicago Zine Fest official Facebook Page.