3 Screenings: Mere Mystery
Film + Video screening curated by Eric Fleischauer and Jesse McLean
Saturday / April 2 / 7:30 – 9:00pm / This event is free!

Featuring: Olivia Ciummo, Jack Cronin, Scott Wolniak, Michael Robinson, Mary Helena Clark, Keith Tassick, Lori Felker, Warren Cockerham and Alee Peoples.

Borrowing a title from Lori Felker’s film of the same name, Mere Mystery is a selection of work from artists who use film and video to locate, document and process the world in which they – and we – reside. Their work demonstrates their efforts to either map their surroundings or understand why they have to stay uncharted. By use of the moving image these artists provide glimpses into a world, both contemporary and impossibly ancient, teeming with vulgarity, vigor and unexplained beauty.

This collection of screenings is a curatorial project that was prompted by Chicago’s Green Lantern Gallery’s programming-based exploration into various forms of social ecology. Here, Eric Fleischauer and Jesse McLean have curated a series of three film and video screenings that follow a similar line of inquiry to investigate how artists have used the moving image to investigate both physical and the metaphysical environments and how we see and relate to one another, often with aid of media. The programs presented aim to identify and organize boundaries within the field that are being constantly renegotiated by artists working with moving images.

The next two screenings in the series will be:

3 Screenings: Eruption
Film + Video screening curated by Eric Fleischauer and Jesse McLean
Saturday / May 7 / 7:30 – 9:00pm / This event is free!

3 Screenings: Date with Deceit
Film + Video screening curated by Eric Fleischauer and Jesse McLean
Saturday / June 4 / 7:30 – 9:00pm / This event is free!

606 (Rear) W Main St / Peoria / IL
(in the back of 600 West Main Street)

Gallery hours / by appointment only
Contact / wearebackspace.org


Laurie R. Glenn & Th!nkArt Salon presents
An Infernal Beauty
New & unseen photography by Barbara Crane
Opening Reception: Friday / March 18 / 2011 / 5:30 – 9:00 pm
New Gallery / Salon Space
670 W. Hubbard / First Floor
Chicago / Illinois / 60654

RSVP at thinkartsalon@gmail.com or call 773.252.8672 ext. 305

Backspace – Peoria’s newest artists’ collective and experimental exhibition space is looking for Active and Supporting Members to help support and expand our programs of exhibitions and events. Membership is by invitation and application and are accepted year-round.

Active Members are responsible for maintaining and running the gallery.

Active Member Duties:
• Monthly dues
• Working during show openings
• Gallery sitting (during open hours)
• Attendance at all member meetings

Active Member Benefits:
• Exhibition opportunities in Frontspace throughout the year
• Proposing shows and events / opportunities to curate shows
• Participation in a Members Show in the main gallery (once per year)
• Opportunities for publication and participation in WORD events.
• Connections with Artist Galleries in Chicago

Active Members Dues:
• $20 per month or volunteering for 5 hours a month as a Gallery Attendant on Saturdays

Applying for Active Membership:
Artists and writers applying to become active members need to e-mail the following to hello@wearebackspace.org
• Portfolio of 10 -20 images and/or link to a website
• Letter of Intent
• Resume
• Artist’s Statement
• Writers applying should include at least two short examples of their work.

Supporting Members contribute membership fees that support the programs offered and costs of running the exhibition space. If you are interesting in becoming a Supporting Member please e-mail us at hello@wearebackspace.org

Supporting Member Benefits:
• Opportunities for participation in a Members Show in the Main Gallery
• Special Edition Exhibition Prints

Supporting Member Dues:
• $40 per month

Backspace is a center for new ideas in a radically changing world.  We provide an outlet for creative expression that is integral to a healthy society, and promote civic engagement locally and globally. We are dedicated to fostering innovative, risk-taking contemporary art and cultural scholarship through exhibitions, “Marginalia” lectures, and other events and programming. Our space is a forum for exhibiting, discussing, and interpreting works ranging from traditional plastic arts to performance and new media. We are committed to expanding the cultural vocabulary within central Illinois while actively engaging in the myriad discourses within contemporary art.

Burning Ice


Burning Ice
A documentary film by Peter Gilbert followed by Q&A with David Buckland and Chris Wainwright
Monday, March 14, 6:30pm
Film Row Cinema
1104 S. Wabash, 8th floor
MoCP | 600 S. Michigan Ave Chicago, IL

Burning Ice is a new feature length film produced by Cape Farewell in partnership with Cactus 3 in New York, and commissioned by Sundance Television. Directed by Chicago-based filmmaker Peter Gilbert (Hoop Dreams and At the Death House Door), Burning Ice documents the Cape Farewell expedition to Disko Bay in 2008. The expedition included forty five artists and scientists who created individual and collective responses to climate change in the High Arctic. The film explores how the music and art can inspire new and original thinking and involvement in addressing climate change and help shape a new cultural future.