Steven Beckly: Lightbringer
July 20 – September 14, 2020
September 25 – November 7, 2020
Stride Gallery is pleased to present a photographic installation in our storefront windows by Steven Beckly as a prelude to his exhibition Lightbringer that opens on September 25, 2020.
The exhibition’s title refers to multiple metaphors of light. It is a term for the planet Venus used to indicate its brightness and unique movements in the night sky. Due to these cosmic nuances, mythology surrounding Venus often features the motif of a divine being falling from grace. Lucifer (‘light-bringer’) is a Latin name used for mythological and religious figures associated with the planet.
Drawing on photography’s relationship to light, space and time, Beckly’s new body of work comprises of images, sculptures and a window installation. Working with natural and spectral forms, Beckly cultivates a visual language of colours and textures by revealing poetic links between optics and haptics, materiality and sensuality. Printed on materials of varying opacity, reflectivity and dimension, Beckly’s works are affected by light and the position of the viewer’s body. Suspending in the gallery space and protruding from the walls, they exist in a tenuous balance. Considering darkness as the companion of light, Lightbringer reaches into the realm of the unknown for a deeper look at intimacy and relationships.
Exhibition publication Lightbringer contains works by Steven Beckly and text by Fan Wu.
The artist would like to acknowledge the support of the Ontario Arts Council.
Stride Gallery is located in Mohkinstsis, the traditional territories of Treaty 7 people. Our activities take place on the land that is and has been from time immemorial stewarded and cared for by the Blackfoot Confederacy (comprising the Siksika, Piikani, and Kainai First Nations), Tsuut’ina First Nation, and the Iyarhe/Stoney Nakoda people comprising the Chiniki, Bearspaw, and Wesley First Nations. The City of Calgary is also home to Métis Nation of Alberta, Region III.
Steven Beckly: The heart can’t wait
June 27 – September 12, 2020
Daniel Faria Gallery is please to present The heart can’t wait, Steven Beckly’s second solo exhibition with the gallery.
Drawn from a short story by American playwright Tennessee Williams, the exhibition’s title alludes to the heart’s urgent and relentless impulse for life. As a vital organ, it pumps and circulates blood, providing oxygen and nutrients to the rest of the body. Psychologically, the heart links mind and body, intellect and emotion. Culturally, it has been a prevalent philosophical, political and spiritual symbol since the time of the Ancient Greeks.
In The heart can’t wait, Beckly cultivates poetic readings of the heart’s chambers, channels and connections to give content and form to matters of the heart: love, desire and loss. Through intimate encounters with images and objects, Beckly’s new body of work weaves together photographs, sculptures, ropes and chains. Suspending in the gallery space and protruding from the walls, Beckly’s works heighten the tension between attraction and friction, force and vulnerability. Through acts of rupture and repair, The heart can’t wait addresses the heart’s capacity to illuminate loss and heartbreak while holding love and compassion as conditions for personal and collective transformation.
This exhibition is generously supported by the City of Toronto through the Toronto Arts Council.
Please note that the gallery is open with reduced hours, Tuesday to Saturday 12 – 5 PM. To book a private viewing outside of these hours contact Madeleine Taurins at: firstname.lastname@example.org or 416 538 1880.
We are taking various measures in accordance with government guidelines to ensure the health and safety of both visitors and staff. We will limit the number of visitors at a time, hand sanitizer will be available at the gallery entrance, and high-touch surfaces will be sanitized regularly.
Daniel Faria Gallery
188 St Helens Avenue
Toronto, ON M6H 4A1
416 538 1880
Steven Beckly, Marie-Claire Blais, Jessica Eaton, Gerald Ferguson, Molly Haynes, Mårten Lange, Ruby Sky Stiler, Hannah Whitaker
Curated by Julia Dault and Brian Sholis
July 10 – August 17, 2019
Opening: Wednesday July 10, 5 – 8 pm
Galerie Antoine Ertaskiran is delighted to present TOUCH SCREEN, an exhibition organized by Julia Dault and Brian Sholis which brings together artists whose works evoke partitions, scrims, and portals. The artworks presented here seem to push back and forth across thresholds, but the screens they evoke are anything but those of our electronic devices. Instead, materials and close observation—of the world, of mark-making—are gateways to form and meaning.
We think of networked screens as bringing forward worlds and spaces beyond what’s immediately in front of us. The artists in this exhibition, through their intricate craftsmanship and their play with thresholds, create objects that serve as both carriers and embodiment of meaning.
We would like to thank Daniel Faria Gallery, Galerie René Blouin, Olga Korper Gallery, Nicelle Beauchene and Marinaro for their collaboration.
Galerie Antoine Ertaskiran
1892 Rue Payette
Montréal, QC H3J 1P3
T +1 514 989 7886
Hours: Tuesday to Saturday, 10 am – 5 pm and by appointment
David Altmejd, Steven Beckly, Shannon Bool, Ryan Gander, Mark Lewis, Heather Rowe, Jennifer Rose Sciarrino
June 27 – September 7, 2019
Opening reception: Thursday June 27, 6 – 8 pm
Daniel Faria Gallery is pleased to present “( )”, a group exhibition featuring works by David Altmejd, Steven Beckly, Shannon Bool, Ryan Gander, Mark Lewis, Heather Rowe and Jennifer Rose Sciarrino.
Parenthesis literally means “to put beside” from the Greek roots par-, -en, and thesis. It is relational: one thing put beside another. One thing within another thing. To function properly, a parenthesis requires a partner; it seeks its other half in order to enclose the space between. It becomes plural: parentheses.
Parentheses act as a frame, holding and protecting what lies between their curved arms. They ask us to look closely at what is there. Seen through a window, the outside world is given parameters. Sometimes the cropped view can offer us more information than the wide view. Parentheses can also be disruptive. They interrupt. They draw us away from the main event if only so that we can return to it with greater clarity. They tell us that we might be missing something, saying, look again.
The works included in this exhibition create and complicate space both inside and outside the frame, whether through technological renderings, material manipulations, or perspectival distortions.
For more information contact Madeleine Taurins at:
email@example.com or 416 538 1880
Daniel Faria Gallery
188 St Helens Avenue
Toronto, ON M6H 4A1
416 538 1880
Hours: Tuesday to Friday 11:00 am to 6:00 pm, Saturday 10:00 am to 6:00 pm
If I have a body
May 31 – September 2, 2019
Remai Modern, Saskatoon
102 Spadina Crescent East
If I have a body presents new and recent work by six Canadian artists: Shuvinai Ashoona, Steven Beckly, Billy-Ray Belcourt, Laurie Kang, Veronika Pausova and Dominique Rey. The title, drawn from a poem by Belcourt, considers the body as a proposition, an unstable form shaped by imagination, desire, vulnerability and exchange. The artists are brought together in dynamic pairings, creating dialogue between their works.
The artists in this exhibition share an interest in the body as a vehicle for synthesis and transformation. Rather than a singular, stable entity, the body is unresolved and contingent, a fragmented collection of feelings, expectations, and circumstances.
Organized by Rose Bouthillier, Curator (Exhibitions); Sandra Fraser, Curator (Collections); and Troy Gronsdahl, Associate Curator (Live Programs).
May 10 – July 1, 2019
Opening reception: Friday May 10, 6 – 9 pm
Remarks at 7:30 pm
77 Pamilla Street, Ottawa
On May 10, 2019, from 6 pm to 9 pm, join us at the SPAO Centre – School of the Photographic Arts: Ottawa for the opening reception of the 2019 CANADIANA exhibition Summer Camp. Commemorating the 50th anniversary of the decriminalization of homosexuality in Canada, the exhibition features lens-based artworks produced over the last five decades by LGBTQ2+ artists from across the country. The exhibition is co-curated by SPAO Gallery Manager Michael Davidge and Creative Director Jonathan Hobin in consultation with a wide range of Canadian curators and artists.
Hobin states, “The incredible input we got from across Canada guided us as we put together this amazing showcase of established artists like Kent Monkman and Evergon as well as emerging artists like Dayna Danger and B.G-Osborne.” Highlighting camp as both a sensibility and a site in the Canadian landscape, the exhibition also features works by Steven Beckly, David Buchan, Colin Campbell, Shawna Dempsey & Lorri Millan, Michelle Mohabeer and Paul Wong. A text by art writer and curator Daniella Sanader accompanies the exhibition.
173 James St. North
February 23 – April 6, 2019
Opening reception: Friday March 8, 7 – 10 pm
Curated by Sally Frater
Centre3 is pleased to present Love S.O.S., a new installation by Toronto-based artist and photographer Steven Beckly. Over the past 8 years, Beckly has produced hundreds of images. Cultivating moments of closeness and intimacy, he approaches photography as both a personal and a social practice, an act that connects rather than distances, feels rather than explains.
In Love S.O.S., Beckly’s images are assembled in a slideshow of almost 400 photographs. A multiplicity of encounters, they form a spectrum of interactions shaped by the artist’s desire for connection with his surrounding world. Accompanying Beckly’s slideshow is an evocative soundtrack of love songs, featuring tracks by Leonard Cohen, Daft Punk and Tina Turner, among others. Selected for their varied perspectives on love, these voices reflect on matters of the heart against Beckly’s shifting imagery. In one corner of the gallery, visitors are invited to leave their suggestions for love songs, adding to the project’s growing playlist. Continuous and mutable, Beckly’s project frames intimacy as an endless and interrelated process of transformation. Set against a contemporary world undergoing dramatic change, Love S.O.S. operates as an emergency call to reconsider the poetic and political dimensions of intimacy.
Presented with generous support from the Canada Council for the Arts.
Steven Beckly: Earthbound
Bunker 2 at The Bentway
250 Fort York Blvd, Toronto
September 15 – October 21, 2018
Exhibition hours: Saturday & Sunday, 12 – 5 pm or by appointment
Bunker 2 and The Bentway are pleased to co-present Earthbound, an exhibition of new works by Toronto-based artist Steven Beckly. Cultivating moments of closeness and intimacy, Beckly creates images that straddle photography and sculpture. In Earthbound, various figures are entwined in a mythic botanical world. Located inside The Bentway’s skate-rental shipping container, Beckly’s photographs take on three-dimensional forms shaped by their unique habitat. Printed on various materials—opaque and translucent, hard and soft—they reflect an ethos of light, renewal, and transformation. Amid a rapidly changing landscape, Earthbound points to our primordial beginnings to regenerate an intimacy with our natural environment.
Part of The Bentway’s Fall Art Exhibition “If, But, What If?”
Presented with generous support from the Ontario Arts Council.
September 8 – October 20, 2018
Christina Battle, Steven Beckly, Patrick Cruz, Soheila Esfahani, Melissa General, Julius Poncelet Manapul, Jihee Min, Ed Pien, Véronique Sunatori, Meera Margaret Singh, Tazeen Qayyum
Curated by Noa Bronstein
Small Arms Inspection Building
1352 Lakeshore Road East, Mississauga
Opening Reception: Saturday, September 8, 1 – 4 pm
Exhibition hours: Wednesday – Saturday, 12 – 4 pm
Join us in celebrating the inaugural exhibition at the newly opened Small Arms Inspection Building (SAIB).
forward motion brings together artworks that converge on concepts of mobility and movement, of transit and the transitory. Exploring ideas ranging from flight, time travel and immigration to displacement and circulation, each of the artists featured within the exhibition navigates the physical and conceptual dimensions of movement across time and space. What emerges through these multiple pathways are deeply felt responses to how the movement of bodies, objects and ideas influences the ways in which the artists featured here conceive of place-making, of awayness and hereness.
The SAIB is a historic, multi-purpose building that presents a wide range of arts and cultural programs. As the only cultural hub of its kind in Mississauga, the SAIB supports meaningful engagement through dynamic exhibitions, events and experiences. This unique venue strives to provide an open and responsive programming model that fosters collaboration and community-building.
It Can Only Be This Place
September 4 – November 3, 2018
Hiba Abdallah with Steven Beckly, Alyssa Bistonath & Patrick Cruz
Curated by Tiffany Schofield
Doris McCarthy Gallery
University of Toronto, Scarborough
Opening reception: Wednesday, September 19, 6 – 8:30 pm
Exhibition tour by Tiffany Schofield at 7 pm
It Can Only Be This Place is an open collection of stories, impressions, and speculations of Scarborough developed by artist Hiba Abdallah. Generated in conversation with local residents, Abdallah produced a series of projects specifically for the Doris McCarthy Gallery. Texts, images, and stories gathered throughout an extended research period were transformed into objects and installations that consider the ways in which place is remembered and commemorated. Alongside this new body of work, Abdallah has invited artists Steven Beckly, Alyssa Bistonath, and Patrick Cruz to contribute to the exhibition. Engaged in various approaches to myth-making and story-telling, their responses inscribe fiction onto Scarborough’s natural, cultural, and diasporic landscapes. Each work provides an intimate look at Scarborough and the various communities that have come to call it home. Through complex, intersecting, and often unresolved narratives, It Can Only Be This Place makes space for past, present, and future versions of Scarborough previously untold.