Joshua Backus

Upcoming Exhibitions & Events:

EXPO CHICAGO 2017
September 13-17, 2017
EXPO CHICAGO 2017 SPECIAL EXHIBITIONS

UNIVERSITY OF CHICAGO
The Department of Visual Arts at the University of Chicago continues its tradition of showing works by its students and recent graduates of the MFA program and the undergraduate program. This year, DoVA presents work in diverse media that share a fresh lyrical sensibility with strangely ominous over- or undertones. We find it in the soft and inviting brushwork of Joshua Backus’s painting as it dissolves into Frankenthaler-like stains in a palette of verdigris and bitumen. Similarly, Morganne Wakefield, in her text work I can see her presents a hauntingly beautiful poem of directed glances in a ploddingly mundane form -- handwritten block capitals on graph paper. At the end of the text, she poisons her poem with these words: “Lincoln Continental.” The text describes a car commercial. Artists representing DoVA at Expo this year include: Joshua Backus (painting), Elizabeth Hogeman (photography), Gabe Moreno (sculpture), Anne Showers-Cruser (sculpture), and Morganne Wakefield (work on paper).

23rd Evanston and Vicinity Biennial
July 15- August 28
Opening Reception July 15, 6-8pm
Evanston Art Center
1717 Central St
Evanston IL 60201

AND NO ONE FISH IN THE MIDDLE Gallery Talk
Friday May 20th 6:00pm
In the Logan Center Gallery
Join us for a conversation with the eight artists featured in the MFA thesis exhibition AND NO ONE FISH IN THE MIDDLE as they discuss their individual practices and the selection of works currently on view in the Logan Center Gallery.

Moderated by Zachary Cahill, writer/artist/Open Practice Committee Coordinator and Solveig Nelson, PhD Candidate, Department of Art History at the University of Chicago with an introduction by Yesomi Umolu, Logan Center Exhibitions Curator.

The evening includes a screening of Elisabeth Hogeman's film And You The Bell at 7:30pm in room 201.

These events are FREE and open to the public
AND NO ONE FISH IN THE MIDDLE
May 6 - Jun 12, 2016
Reception: Fri, May 6, 6-8pm
Logan Center Gallery
Reva and David Logan Center for the Arts
915 E 60th Street
Chicago, IL 60637

The University of Chicago’s Department of Visual Arts and Logan Center Exhibitions present the 2016 MFA Thesis Exhibition featuring works by Joshua Backus, Brit Barton, Elisabeth Hogeman, Jayson Kellogg, Devin Mays, Gabriel Moreno, Anna Showers-Cruser, and Morganne Wakefield.

Emerging Illinois Artists
MFA Triennial Exhibition
April 29 - June 11, 2016
Reception: Fri, April 29, 2016 5-7pm
Brandt Gallery
McLean County Art Center
601 N. East St
Bloomington, IL 61701

Joshua Backus lives and works in Chicago, IL.