Exhibit C in Void Magazine

Void Live Feature!

 The Looking Lab has received some great media attention lately. Take a look at this great article by Katie Veltri about Exhibit C: LIVE/WORK: http://voidlive.com/art/one-spark-whos-girl-window/

The Lab Has Opened!

UNF Enlivened Spaces x JU Choreography's "Exhibit B: Spaceshifts" and Sister Feathertoe's "Exhibit C: LIVE/WORK" are now available for viewing!

City Hall "Before"

City Hall "Before"

City Hall "After"

City Hall "After"

The Opening Performance night of Exhibit B: Spaceshifts on March 28th, as well as the First Wednesday's Artwalk performance last week was pure energy. Thank you to all who came out to see all of the hard work the artists and Looking Lab put in, and for making these nights such a success!

What if artists lived Downtown?!

The Looking Lab's own Joy Leverette/Sister Feathertoe's Exhibit C: LIVE/WORK also debuted during First Wednesday's ArtWalk at 47 W Adams St.

Exhibit C: LIVE/WORK "Before"

Exhibit C: LIVE/WORK "Before"

Exhibit C: LIVE/WORK "After"

Exhibit C: LIVE/WORK "After"


Did you miss either of these fantastic openings?

Have no fear! The Looking Lab's three current exhibits will be at One Spark!

David Montgomery and Crystal Floyd's Exhibit A: Zebra Longwing is still up at 107 E Bay St!

You can catch Exhibit B: Spaceshifts' performances on One Spark's opening night (April 9th) starting at 5pm. Performances will also be once during evening night throughout the festival (until the 13th). You do not want to miss the art-after-dark experience at 117 W Duval St (City Hall)

Exhibit C: LIVE/WORK will be up at 47 W Adams, and is also streaming LIVE at http://www.justin.tv/lookinglabjax 

Have no idea where any of these are? We'll give you a walking tour map, directions, and high fives!

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Interested in volunteering with us? We'd love extra hands! Email thelookinglab@gmail.com for more information!


Are YOU on Instagram?

Participate in our Selfie Tour! Take a "selfie" in front of ALL THREE of our storefronts, tag your photos with #lookinglabjax, and the lovely coffee slingers at Chamblins Uptown will give you a free coffee!

Register your email with us and you'll be entered to win a FREE KINDLE AND TWO TICKETS TO PAINT NITE.

 

We want our temporary project to become an ongoing project, focused on revamping Downtown Jacksonville, and we can't do it without you! Thank you all so much for the continuous support!

The Looking Lab x One Spark!

As you may already know, One Spark is almost 2 weeks away! And if you didn't know, One Spark is a five-day event where entrepreneurs, artists, and innovators display projects throughout 20-square-blocks in Downtown Jacksonville. Attendees are encouraged to get involved, get inspired, connect with others, and even collaborate!

So what does The Looking Lab have to do with One Spark? We will be having 3 of our revamped storefronts up: Exhibit A: Zebra Longwing, Exhibit B: Spaceshifts, and Exhibit C: LIVE/WORK during One Spark (April 9th-April 13th).

Our central location will be hosted at Exhibit C's storefront, 47 W Adams St, which officially opens during First Wednesday's ArtWalk: April 2nd from 5-9pm. Exhibit A, which opened last February, will still be up at 107 E Bay St.  Lastly, Exhibit B: Spaceshifts, which opens this Friday at 7pm, will be at City Hall (117 W Duval).

Does navigating Downtown get a little tricky for you (as it definitely does for me sometimes)? Here's a little map:

We will be giving out Walking Tour Maps (as well as directions and high fives) during One Spark because our storefronts are something you definitely don't want to miss!

IF YOU ARE INTERESTED IN VOLUNTEERING WITH US, PLEASE EMAIL thelookinglab@gmail.com! It's a great opportunity to get involved with The Looking Lab and One Spark's mission of brightening up our Downtown Jacksonville and making it a more welcoming, exciting place.

Are you on Instagram? If you attend any of the individual openings or are at OneSpark, take a "selfie" in front of one of the storefronts, post it to Instagram, and include the hashtag #lookinglabjax. If ya vote for us at OneSpark, register your email with us, and post to IG, you'll be registered to win a free Kindle! Also show Chamblin's Bookmine Uptown, and get 30% off!

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Meet the Artists of Exhibit B: Spaceshifts!

I got a chance to talk to a couple of the hard working students from Jenny Hager's Enlivened Spaces class!

Have you walked by City Hall recently?


I am just as eager as you all to see the installation, as a whole, completed and how the JU Dancers react to the space for their site specific performance! We will all just have to see this Friday, March 28th, 7pm @ 117 W Duval St.

Exhibit B: Spaceshifts Progress!

We are almost one week away from the opening performance and viewing of The Looking Lab's Exhibit B: Spaceshifts by UNF Enlivened Spaces featuring JU Dance. While the universities and colleges around Jacksonville are taking time off for Spring Break, UNF Sculpture students are hard at work, putting some finishing touches and last minute install details at Downtown Jacksonville's City Hall (117 W Duval).

Are you on Instagram? Keep track of #lookinglabjax, and watch as the window installations grow through the students' documentation.

Here are a couple of my favorite tagged posts:


Opening Performace starts at 7:00pm and we can't wait to see you at 117 W Duval St on Friday, March 28th!

More about Exhibit B!


In Case You Missed It: "Exhibit A: Zebra Longwing"

We hope you made it through the rain at ArtWalk two Wednesdays ago!  In case you couldn't make it this time, check out these photos of the fantastic installation by David Montgomery and Crystal Floyd for the Exhibit A: Zebra Longwing reception.  The best time to see this exhibit @ 107 E Bay St is after the sun goes down.  It will be up until March 12, so don't miss it!

Here's a teaser for Exhibit A by Blood Orange Media!

Thank you David Montgomery for the photos!


Big hugs and thank yous to the Cultural Council of Greater Jacksonville, Elias of Petra Management, the entire Looking Lab Team, and David Montgomery and Crystal Floyd for making our official launch such a success. As always and once again, we cannot thank you all enough for supporting the Looking Lab. 


Keep up with our blog, like us on Facebook, and even join the Looking Lab Street Team so you can be sure to keep up with our next windows, Exhibit B: Spaceshifts at City Hall, by the UNF Enlivened Spaces students.  

"Exhibit B: Spaceshifts" Now In-Progress

First of all, The Looking Lab team would like to give a great big *thank you* for all of the support you have given us, and we hope you had as great of a time as we did during our first pop-up art installation reception/ launch party! In addition, The Looking Lab made the news and we could not have done it without you!

We want to keep the positive momentum going, so we're diving right in to our next installation by UNF sculpture professor Jenny Hager's Enlivened Spaces course. We're so excited to announce that "Exhibit B's" site will be…..CITY HALL!

The project is curated by Joy Leverette, Jenny Hager, Mark Creegan (Florida State College at Jacksonville Professor of Art) and Lana Heylock (Jacksonville University Professor of Dance). A total of nine currently empty windows--the evolved windows of the old Cohen's Department Store, will be activated. It will also feature two site-specific dance performances by JU's choreography students.

9 windows of Jacksonville's City Hall will be transformed through the collaboration between 10 students.

9 windows of Jacksonville's City Hall will be transformed through the collaboration between 10 students.

Empty? Bland? Not for long!

Empty? Bland? Not for long!

Kelly Morrell, Stephanie Pellerito, and Allison Fay in progress installation.

Kelly Morrell, Stephanie Pellerito, and Allison Fay in progress installation.

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DJ Micklos, Alycia Bren, and Nicole Bovasso brainstorming different ways of hanging elements of their installation.

DJ Micklos, Alycia Bren, and Nicole Bovasso brainstorming different ways of hanging elements of their installation.

Gillian Harper, Nick Dunlop, and Michael Quatromoni rearranging elements of their installation.

Gillian Harper, Nick Dunlop, and Michael Quatromoni rearranging elements of their installation.


Watch the progression of the students' work as they transform the windows of the City Hall St. James Building (177 W Duval St.) over the course of the next month and a half! As always, you can stay up to date with their progress and exhibition details via our Facebook page, and even join our emailing list

Inaugural Storefront Sneak Peek

As we are gearing up for this Wednesday's official launch of The Looking Lab, here's a preview from inside our first storefront, Exhibit A: Zebra Longwing and an intro to the lovely artists, David Montgomery and Crystal Floyd.

David Montgomery, a Florida native, is a video artist and experimental animator whose focus is on patterns in nature.  Through subtle differences in these reoccurring patterns, David creates motion in his animations.

Crystal Floyd is a visual artist based out of Jacksonville, Florida and is a resident artist at CoRK Arts District.  Her work explores themes of nature and adaptive reuse, through the collection and manipulation of ephemeral materials and objects to create naturalistic and nostalgic assemblages. 


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The collaboration between David and Crystal is a homogeneous blend of the natural imagery found in both of their own works.  Exhibit A: Zebra Longwing will feature David's animations projected onto the butterfly and chrysalis that Crystal created.  Both during the day and at night, this installation is definitely going to be a head-turner.  February 5th is fast approaching, and we can't wait to see you at the reception for our launch!

Meet Joy Leverette!

Joy Leverette, LL creative director

Joy Leverette, LL creative director

You may have wondered what's the story behind The Looking Lab, and what it's all about. So I sat down with LoLa's creator and director, Joy Leverette, to get her to share the scoop! 


ERICA: So, what inspired The Looking Lab?  

JOY: Living in NY I was sorely spoiled by so much to see and do everywhere you look. That's why the many vacant properties in the city center here stood out to me like a sore thumb, just begging for something exciting to happen in there. At the same time, there didn't seem to be any artists living downtown. I wanted to do a performance piece about the need for live/work studios for artists where I'd 'live' behind the glass storefront. Then I heard about the Cultural Council's Spark Grant initiative, and decided to extend the concept to multiple artists activating multiple storefronts. The Looking Lab was born!"

"I discovered that several U.S. cities have similar programs like this, doing great things to stimulate local economies and revitalize urban areas. These inspired me and made me very hopeful about what a storefront art program could do for our city!"

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Logos of various projects around the states: 1 - Storefronts Seattle, 2- No Longer Empty, and 3 - The Lab:Gallery, both in NYC.


Joy is a Jacksonville-based artist and performer, recently transplanted from Brooklyn, NY.  Her work as a visual artist consists of different media: painting, video, and installation.  Her performance work under the Sister Feathertoe project includes an art form called "paint-dancing," where she creates large-scale works on canvas through painting gestures to a free-style dance.  Joy recently created multi-media performance events at Jacksonville's own Museum of Contemporary Art called, 'Painting with Sister Feathertoe: A Human Be-In & Go-Go' and 'COUNTDOWN: 1986.'


Working with Joy is an absolute pleasure.  I've never met someone so passionate about bringing life back into downtown Jacksonville.  I am beyond excited for Joy and The Looking Lab.

- Erica Mendoza



Jacksonville is Getting What It Deserves…MORE ART.

'Exhibit A' site #1

'Exhibit A' site #1

Jacksonville has it coming. In just over two weeks, our very first pop-up storefront art installation will commence. But, what for? What's this all about? 

If you've ever been to downtown Jacksonville, aside from the fact that it seems like there's a void of exciting energy down here, you may have noticed all the excess 'dead space', and how few storefront retail spaces are in use, nevertheless made to be interesting-looking.  Unlike other cities, our urban center barely has anywhere to window shop and see and buy neat things as it once did.

Thriving Downtown Jacksonville circa 1930, at Cohen's Department Store, now City Hall. (Image: The Jacksonville Historical Society)

Thriving Downtown Jacksonville circa 1930, at Cohen's Department Store, now City Hall. (Image: The Jacksonville Historical Society)

Until this changes, we've taken it upon ourselves to do something about it. With the sponsorship of The Cultural Council of Greater Jacksonville and the SPARK initiative, we've created an evolved 'Off the Grid' program (the recent initiative that made it possible for artists to occupy vacant properties until they were sold or rented). This time, the focus is entirely on street-level engagement. Empty, informal spaces will become mini-galleries filled with captivating installation art that provides everyone equal access to community creativity and an opportunity to engage with it in unique ways.  

"Billowing Beauty" installation by Anne Ferrer in NYC's storefront Lab:Gallery

"Billowing Beauty" installation by Anne Ferrer in NYC's storefront Lab:Gallery

So, stay tuned as we get closer to amplifying the downtown streets cape with MORE ART.

 

The Looking Lab is one of four projects inaugurating Downtown Jacksonville's new SPARK art district initiative.

The Looking Lab is one of four projects inaugurating Downtown Jacksonville's new SPARK art district initiative.

We've scored our first location!

Super exciting… Just minutes ago, I met with Elias of Petra Management and was passed on the key to 107 E. Bay Street, the site of our very first storefront location for the Looking Lab art project in downtown Jacksonville! In just a few weeks, 107 E. Bay Street will be transformed into an incredible art installation by David Montgomery and Crystal Floyd.  Learn more about these artists by visiting the "Artists" page.