Feb. 15 2011 12:00 AM

The new space opens with a two-day music and art soiree

"The Elder" by Jim Yuran
This isn't the first time Jim Yuran has dipped his toes into the local art scene. A few years ago, he waded into the water neck deep with his Zedism gallery where he showed his unique style of art alongside work by local artists.

Sadly, that gallery is now a Subway sandwich shop, but right next door is Yuran's new project, ArtLab Studios, where local artists can rent a studio for $350 a month and a little room is left over for a community gallery, retail space and a corner for what Yuran hopes becomes a place for collaboration and creativity.

There's already been quite a bit of collaboration inside the walls of ArtLab. Emily Richards and Jason Brock, the team behind ccMixter, a San Diego-based website that allows for the sharing and remixing of music made under creative commons, met Yuran at one of his Zedism shows and decided they wanted to do something fun. They put a call out to several ccMixter music-makers who then made pieces inspired by one of Yuran's paintings. Those audio installations will be on view at the big two-day ArtLab opening this weekend, which is happening Friday and Saturday, Feb. 18-19.

The event will also feature visual art by some of San Diego's finest—Pamela Jaeger, who rents one of the new ArtLab studios, Scott Saw, Joshua Krause, Mary Fleener and more—plus a long list of musicians who will be performing live.

I emailed Yuran and asked him to tell us a little more about ArtLab Studios:

Kinsee Morlan: Tell me about the new space. 

Jim Yuran: ArtLab was created to showcase local artists and engage the community with cutting-edge visual and sonic openings. It has three resident spaces, two open studio spaces along with a mixture of gallery, retail and work areas. It is a collaborative project involving the three immediate surrounding art-related businesses—Andrea Rushing Art Academy, Visual Art Supply Store and Ego Id Medial Printing & Design—all located on the same block at 3536 Adams Avenue in Normal Heights. 

KM: What are your goals for the space?

JY: Our goals are to have steady professional resident artists, along with working members who continuously produce top-notch work and goods that bring value to the surrounding community and to the artists themselves. Our mission is to provide a dynamic nurturing environment for creative professionals, working artists, and hobbyists alike.  The lab is a membership based collective serving Adams Avenue and the surrounding community.  We rent the atelier work space to artists on a monthly basis as well as open studio/mixed use space for working members.  For the members it is a place to create your work, a place to show your work,  a place to sell your work, a place to relax with a Wi-Fi Internet connection, a computer design workstation, amenities such as coffee, tea and snacks, discounts on printing and design services at Ego Id Media, discounts on supplies at Visual Art Supplies and advanced training at Andrea Rushing Academy as well as a place to network and collaborate with other artists and professionals.

Tell me more about ccMixter and how it relates to this new space.

JY: ccMixter is a community music site featuring remixes licensed under Creative Commons where you can listen to, sample, mash-up, or interact with music in whatever way you want. The ccMixter community and ArtLab have teamed up to bring sonic installations to the public based upon collaboration between visual and musical artists. The two communities can interact, inspire and profit from their collaboration via the ability to create, produce and package their own goods for public enjoyment and consumption by utilizing the skill sets of both types of artists.   

KM: Do you still only have one space available for artists?

JY: As a private monthly rental, yes, there is only one atelier space left.  However, we are just now starting our membership drive and we have lots of room for new artists to utilize the common areas. Monthly memberships are $25 and are initiated by simply signing up and joining ArtLab.

  How else can the art community get involved with the space?

JY: The community gets involved by showing up at our events, purchasing works of art or other creations from the ArtLab and the resident artists. We also have a “supporting” membership level for those folks less inclined to work in the space but none-the-less feel art is important to the community and want to support our vision.


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