Of you, unfolding
May 6, 2016 – June 2, 2016
Friday May 6th, 6 to 8 pm
Daniel Faria Gallery is pleased to present Steven Beckly’s MFA thesis show Of you, unfolding in the project gallery.
Nude, male bodies surround me. Sweat condenses within creases of flesh, adding texture
to the forests of hair, the coated grit of sand, the glossy film of sunscreen.
I feel the heat of new love.
I reach across and drape my shirt over you to save you from the sun burning your
face. A beam of light infiltrates my shirt and pierces your ear, reddening it like a flame—
I take a picture of you.
Light has an edge that blinds and burns, penetrating the cellular depths of the
body. Likewise, light can damage the celluloid of film and mutate an image, scarring
it spectrally and unpredictably. These phantom wounds have always been comforting to
me. They remind me that I’m not alone just as you remind me that I’m not alone.
You make fun of me for duct-taping the back of my camera instead of getting it
fixed. Light leaks in sometimes.