Under the passing stars
Steven Beckly & Nicole Kelly Westman
20 February – 19 April 2015
Opening reception: Friday 20 February 2015, 7 p.m.
The Maitland Terrace
Suite 100, 2085 Maitland Street
Halifax, Nova Scotia
Foregrounding the construction of identity and personal narrative, this exhibition pairs two artists whose works examine a subjective archive. Beckly’s photo-based installation weaves a commentary of love, intimacy, and friendship by re-presenting personal histories and relationships from a forgotten, yet familiar past. Westman’s Inherited Narratives presents various images and objects from an inherited archive. Through an audio tour, Westman draws attention to an alleged absence of authorship, all the while presenting constructed narratives derived from facts, embellishment, and fabrication.
Taking as the exhibition title a line from Yeat’s The Rose of the World, the artists position their works in the illusory space between the past and the present. Each in their way, the works revel in love, longing, and loss—or the fiction associated with each of these.