40 Forward: Stellar Living 2019
14 November 2019 6pm
AUCTION NIGHT | Doors at 6PM | Auction at 7PM
LOCATION | Mercer Union | 1286 Bloor St. West
Mercer Union’s signature fundraising auction returns in celebration of our 40th Anniversary. Proceeds from the event contribute essential funds to support exhibitions and programs at Mercer Union, and help maintain our position as Canada’s leading artist-run centre.
Join us this landmark year to celebrate four decades of contemporary art, and many more to come!
View the artwork collection at stellar.mercerunion.org
Stephen Andrews • Joi T. Arcand • Karen Azoulay • Dean Baldwin • Daniel Barrow • Steven Beckly • Nadia Belerique • Shary Boyle • Adam David Brown • James Carl • Moyra Davey • Tom Dean • Jason Dodge • Dave Dyment • Marcel Dzama • Geoffrey Farmer • Robert Fones • Angela Grauerholz • Maggie Groat • Iris Häussler • Maria Hupfield • Spring Hurlbut • Laurie Kang • Janice Kerbel • Paul Kneale • Kristiina Lahde • Jeremy Laing • Estate of Sol LeWitt • Jimmy Limit • Annie MacDonell • Kelly Mark • Hazel Meyer • Jonathan Monk • Jennifer Murphy • Shelley Niro • Luke Painter • Roula Partheniou • Veronika Pausova • Rajni Perera • Ed Pien • Estate of Jaan Poldaas • Laure Prouvost • Darren Rigo • Jennifer Rose Sciarrino • Jessica Stockholder • Winnie Truong • Haley Uyeda • Joy Walker • Matthew Wong • Robert Youds
Tanner Kidd (Co-Chair) • Richard Lambert (Co-Chair) • Rebecca Carbin • Miles Gertler • Gill Harris • Jeremy Laing • Devan Patel • Robert Wainstein
The Photobook Lab: On Longevity
25 May 2019, 3 – 4 pm
11 Dublin St Unit E (Alleyway access beside 7 Dublin St)
Toronto Photobook Library’s Zackery Hobler invites artists Steven Beckly, Seth Fluker, Cristian Ordóñez, Bianca Salvo, and Josée Schryer to articulate what makes a lasting photobook. Each artist will offer a unique perspective drawing from their own practice as bookmakers. Reception to follow, hosted by the Istituto Italiano di Cultura.
Supported by Dara and Marvin Singer.
Reframing Doris McCarthy: A Symposium on the Life and Work of Doris McCarthy
Doris McCarthy Gallery
University of Toronto, Scarborough
Sat, November 17, 2018
9 am – 6 pm
Join us for a free, one-day, public symposium exploring fresh perspectives on the life and work of Doris McCarthy.
Keynote by: Erin Silver
Presentations by: Steven Beckly, Jan L. Coates, Dustin Garnet, Nancy Holmes, Meaghan Hyckie, Harold Klunder and Catherine Carmichael, Eva Kolcze, Ralph Kolewe, Lou Sheppard, Wendy Wacko, and Lynne Wynick
The Doris McCarthy Gallery presents Reframing Doris McCarthy, a free, one-day, public symposium exploring fresh perspectives on the life and work of the artist. The symposium will feature artist talks, poetry readings, academic papers, performances, a book launch, group choreography, participatory choral singing, and moderated discussions. Ranging from long-time friends and colleagues of McCarthy’s, to young artists and producers, the presenters will contribute new interpretations from a broad range of expertise within the fields of contemporary art, music, poetry, filmmaking, and dance that trace the artist’s legacy through spirituality, mythology, and the power of place. This multi-disciplinary symposium will examine McCarthy’s impact on local and artistic communities as a pioneering feminist, innovative artist, and community builder.
Friday November 16, 2018 10:30 PM – 4:00 AM
Poster by Eric Kostiuk Williams
NEW NAILS returns with a private queerdo baby rave fundraiser for friends and/or lovers, with music and vibes until 4am
PWYC, but allow us to suggest $15-20 as all the proceeds are going to RAINBOW RAILROAD
“Sponsored by” PASTAGONIA™ with contributions from:
Acid House, Andi Larocca, Al Dente, Black Light, Brendan Jensen, Cannelloni Couplets, Consent, Controlled Substance, Diana Vandermeulen, Dollar Store Deco, Extreme Look, Fan Wu, Farfalle, Jaime Sin, Jeremy Laing, Lazer, Naloxone Kit, Non-Alcoholic Option, Macaronay, Matthew Chiu, Mark-Ché Devonish, Mixed Drink, Mutual Respect, Palo Santo, Penne, Play Area, P☻ny, Robert Anthony O’Halloran, Semolinana, Smoke Machine, Steven Beckly, Techno, Valeroo, Vaughan, Vibrant Matter, Your Body
While being an exceptional venue in many regards, Club 120 is unfortunately not wheelchair accessible.
New limited edition for ARTATTACK! an auction in support of Buddies in Bad Times Theatre’s 40th year.
Paperhouse Outreach Collective, in partnership with Toronto Art Book Fair, is proud to present a casual Artist Salon as part of ZIPE 2018.
Mapping Territories: Practicing With(/in) Communities, featuring artists: Maanii Oakes, sab meynert, Steven Beckly, moderated by Henry Heng Lu
Chinatown Centre, Main Stage
Friday, July 6, 2018 | 6PM – 7PM
FREE to attend
How does an artistic practitioner navigate their relationship with the community which they position themselves within and respond to? How are notions of advocacy, kinship, resistance, and trauma expressed through varied figurations of image and text? In this panel, the three artists who are committed to either working across print media or creating works on paper cogitate the intersection of contemporary art practice and community roots that is situated in the ever-changing political and cultural landscapes of our time.
ZIPE is a free Zine Production and Exchange Program offered by Paperhouse Outreach Collective in partnership with SKETCH Working Arts and Toronto Art Book Fair, for youth and young adults (13-29) who identify as one or multiple: 2SLGBTQIAP, disabled or POC, led by local artists who also self-id as a member of the above communities. Youth will learn about the historical significance and power of zines and artists’ books, creative writing, image, and printing skills, in addition to gaining an understanding of how to sell and table work professionally. ZIPE will culminate into a series of tabling opportunities, including Zine Dream 11.
New Ho Queen No. 1
Friday May 11, 2018 | 9 pm – 3 am
152 Augusta Avenue, Toronto
A new party series by the NHQ (@newhoqueen) Collective.
No. 1 Asian Love
Queer Slaysians 2 the front, let’s go off!
$10 at the door
Slaysians to the front! All are welcome!
Mercer Multiplier 2017
14 November 2017, 6 pm – 10 pm
Mercer Union has asked 25 artists to each contribute works in limited editions of five, less than or equal to 20×30”. That means 125 chances for you to take home a unique work of contemporary art, while supporting Toronto’s leading artist-run centre. Purchase a ticket to be guaranteed a work at the event – ticket numbers will be drawn in random order giving you one minute to select. Enjoy complimentary food and beverages as participants vie for their favourites!
Doors at 6 pm – Draw at 7 pm
Each $200 ticket entitles the holder to one edition, to be selected by numbered draw the night of the event. Improve your chances of getting first pick of your favourite work by purchasing a Collector 3 Pack for $500. All ticket purchasers will have an hour to preview editions on offer before the ticket draw begins.
Participating Artists: Sara Angelucci, Karen Azoulay, Steven Beckly, Daniel Borins & Jennifer Marman, Erika Defreitas, Ben Freedman, Qendrim Hoti, Amy Claire Huestis & Suzanne Déry, Camille Jodoin-Eng, Steve Kado, Jeremy Laing, Scott Lyall, Katie Lyle, Jason McLean, Andrew McPhail, Kristie Muller, Andrew Reyes, Graham Roumieu, Sarah Sands Phillips, Curtis Santiago (Talwst), Liana Schmidt, Brittany Shepherd, TH&B, Nikki Woolsey, and Andy Patton
Steven Beckly: Beacon
September 21 – October 21, 2017
Philadelphia Photo Arts Center
1400 N. American Street #103
Philadelphia, PA 19122
Open studio tour and reception: Thursday, October 12 from 5 – 6 pm
PPAC’s latest Artist-in-Residence Steven Beckly kicks off his month-long residency with Beacon. Hanging from the exterior of the Crane Arts building, Beckly’s vibrant and abstract images speak to the relationships between light and shadow, figure and ground, surface and space. Using light as a metaphor for hope, Beacon places warmth and intimacy against today’s rapidly changing and politically fraught world. For Beckly, the public installation is also symbolic of his presence at PPAC and his desire to connect with the community in Philadelphia.
Beckly will host an open studio and light reception on Thursday, October 12 from 5 – 6 pm. In addition to discussing Beacon in-depth, Beckly will share the new work he creates during his month-long residency with attendees.
PPAC’s Artist Residency program assists talented, self-directed and committed artists in the creation of work by providing necessary financial support, access to high-end facilities and proper technical assistance and education. In addition to furthering their artistic practice, PPAC Artists-in-Residence work collaboratively with the organization to design public events, with the goal of engaging the audiences with the arts. The Artist Residency program fully funded three individuals in 2017, thanks to support from the National Endowment for the Arts and the Lynne and Harold Honickman Foundation.
CONTACT Photography Festival 2017 | Public Installation
Billboards at Dovercourt and Dupont, Toronto
May 1 – 31, 2017
Supported by PATTISON Outdoor Advertising and Nikon Canada
Special thanks to the Toronto Arts Council
Curated by Heather Rigg
Two grappling arms merge in stillness. A bridge’s shadow zigzags across a concrete wall. A cluster of stars cloaks a nude body. Glowing light meets an open hand. These four images, placed at the intersection of Dovercourt Road and Dupont Street, comprise Toronto-based artist Steven Beckly’s public installation New Romantics. Void of advertising, and placed next to the changing light refracting through an abandoned glass building, each photograph tangles the perception of light and shadow, figure and ground, surface and space, arousing a fraught tenderness.
Cultivating moments of intimacy, Beckly approaches photography as both a sensual and a social practice—an act that connects rather than distances, feels rather than explains. The project’s title draws upon the spirit of New Romanticism. Stemming from the early 1980s, the British movement elevated images of “glam rock” stars, such as David Bowie and Boy George, bringing gender bending and androgyny to the public consciousness. Invoking a similar freedom of expression and fluidity of experience, New Romantics calls for the revival of a civil romance amid a seemingly bleak and fractured world. By focusing on images that evoke sensations of love and closeness, Beckly’s large-scale images bring visual poetry and optimism to the streets at a moment when the political climate is increasingly hostile and exclusive. Embodying a sense of hope, desire, and social togetherness, his project advocates a public intimacy built by an emotionally-connected humanity.
PANEL: Printed Matter
Sunday May 7, 3 pm – 4 pm
Artist Steven Beckly, creative director Romke Hoogwaerts (Rubber Factory Posters, MOSSLESS), and publisher Robyn York (Anchorless Press) discuss the opportunities and challenges of passion projects and self-publishing.