Backspace is proud to present the final screening in our 3 Screenings program!

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!

Featuring: Steve Reinke, Seth Price, Joe Nanashe, Eileen Maxson, Eva and Franco Mattes aka 0100101110101101.ORG, Nick Harvey, Artie Vierkant, Oliver Laric, Joseph Lim and Hennessy Youngman

What was once Mere Mystery has become visible by an Eruption of activity and engagement. Technology has helped to narrow the division between the passive audience and the unseen artist. Users have embraced the reposting and repurposing of an abundance of media, and many have seized this opportunity to make a critical transition from viewer to curator or artist.  With aid of technology we can observe the world around us and use it’s tools to enact our own hidden fantasies. But are we happier now that we have increased access to information and to each other, even if this other is a digital projection of our imagined selves? What are we embracing and is this a deceptive relationship? Date with Deceit, the third and final screening program in this series, explores the realm and implications of information accessibility both IRL and online.

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.

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

Gallery hours / by appointment only
Contact / wearebackspace.org
hello@wearebackspace.org

700 Million Miles an Hour
An Evening with Rebecca Cummins
Thursday, June 2, 2011 – 7:00pm
Film Studies Center
University of Chicago
Reserve seat(s) for this event

Exploring the sculptural, experiential and sometimes humorous possibilities of light and natural phenomena, Rebecca Cummins’ works often reference devices from the history of science and optics. Frequently, she has incorporated obsolete technologies in combination with newer media. In this program, Cummins presents her installations, including a machine for making rainbows, a camera obscura journey through the center of the earth, paranoid dinner-table devices (periscopes), an interactive computer/video rifle, site-specific camera obscuras and a variety of sculptural and photographic approaches to marking time. She also discusses her recent photographic and sculptural investigations into the apparent movement of the sun and moon and the creation of giant sundials.

Rebecca Cummins is Associate Professor at the University of Washington, Seattle. Exhibitions include: The 2008 Biennial of Contemporary Art of Seville, SpainInterlude: 366, Zendai MOMA, Shanghai, China; 2007; Affect / Effect, KIASMA Museum of Contemporary Art, Helsinki, Finland; and The South Australia Biennale of Australian Art, Adelaide;I Space, Chicago (2003); and The Exploratorium, San Francisco. Cummins was recently awarded the Chancellor’s Award from the University of Technology, Sydney and the outstanding University 2003 PhD dissertation entitledNecro-Techno: Examples from an Archeology of Media.

Coordinated by Artemis Willis, Ph.D candidate, Department of Cinema & Media Studies in conjunction with Professor Tom Gunning’s Seminar on the Moving and Projected Image.

Sponsored by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.

 

Creative Will

05.22.11

Creative Will
Curated by Jabari Jordan-Walker (Vancouver, BC)
May 27 – June 17 / 2011
Opening Reception / Friday / May 27 / 6–9 pm

Featuring:  Derek Chan (Chicago, IL), Rusty Shackleford (Chicago, IL), Angela Teng (Vancouver, BC) + Ben Raymer (Vancouver, BC)

As an exhibition, Creative Will explores the self-examination and motivations that surface as a result of the ongoing investigations and activity of producing artwork. Making no demand for definitive answers, this exhibition asks simply for the viewer to consider the reasons in which artworks are both produced and pondered upon. By celebrating the humbling search for self-expression and even “failure” within material experimentation and intuitive processes, each artist has developed work that is indebted to interpretations on the everyday realities they experience. In being an exhibition that doesn’t dedicate itself to one definitive answer, its context is rooted within the discourse of contemporary art making and the efforts to curate it. The work-on-paper, printed media, and paintings presented manifest themselves through the language of abstraction (Raymer, Teng), appropriation of cultural imagery (Shackleford) and meditations on the spiritual challenges faced from within esoteric realties (Chan).

Curator Bio:
Born in Chicago, Illinois Jabari Jordan-Walker currently resides in Vancouver, BC where he is studying for his BFA in Critical and Cultural Practice at Emily Carr University of Art and Design. Through an investigation of his relationship to both critical and art-based practice, Jabari is dedicated to communicating a subtle balance between visual art, design, and yogic philosophy through both curatorial and essay driven work.

Artists Bios:
Rusty Shackleford
was born in Montgomery, Alabama in 1978. Shackleford currently resides and works in Chicago, IL. He attended the Atlanta College of Art and received a BFA in 2002 from Reinhardt College in Waleska, Georgia. In 2004 he received an MFA from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. Shackleford’s work in collage, sculpture and drawing is an intuitive interpretation of cultural imagery through color and form.  Shackleford has most recently exhibited at Old Gold, Floor Length and Tux, and Ben Russell in Chicago, IL. He is currently a member of the art collective “Danny Think Tank” and has an upcoming artist book project with Wester Press.

Derek Chan currently resides and works in Chicago, Illinois. Chan’s selected works from 2006 and 2010 were developed from an ongoing search for new awareness and understanding achieved through meditative focus, repetition, and ultimately the act of painting. Chan received his MFA from the University of Illinois at Chicago in 2007 and recently exhibited in the 2010, UBS 12 x 12 New Artist/ New Work series at The Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago.

Angela Teng was born in Victoria, BC. She attended the Visual Arts Program at Camosun College and just completed a Visual Arts Degree at Emily Carr Institute of Art and Design in Vancouver in 2011. She has participated in solo and group exhibitions in Victoria, Vancouver, and Washington.

From a feminist position, Teng’s work negotiates what it means to make a picture. Through an ongoing exploration of the materiality of paint and the support traditionally used for painting, she works to decode fixed ideas of how a painting is meant to function. The self-reflexivity of the material and formal considerations of the pictures and objects she makes allow for familiarity and the unknown to operate simultaneously.

Ben Raymer studies and works in Vancouver, BC. He is currently finishing a long awaited degree from Emily Carr University of Art and Design. The works produced for Creative Will were developed around ideas of repetition of color and compositions inspired by everyday throwaway advertisements such as penny savers, store flyers and junk mail.

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

Gallery hours / by appointment only
Contact / wearebackspace.org
hello@wearebackspace.org

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

Featuring: Tony Balko, Tom Dale, Todd Mattei, Sascha Pohle, Ivan Lozano, Brad Tinmouth, Jerzy Rose, Thad Kellstadt and Petra Cortright.

Spewing out from the depths of subversive fantasy (and borrowing from Tony Balko’s title), the ERUPTION program disgorges imaginary visions brought to light with aid of technology. More than just constructed fictions, the artists in this program push the elasticity of the medium, in the process revealing not just inner fantasies but also deeper truths embedded in the material.

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 final screening in the series will be:

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!

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

Gallery hours / by appointment only
Contact / wearebackspace.org
hello@wearebackspace.org