Beacon, Philadelphia Photo Arts Center, Philadelphia, PA

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.

http://www.philaphotoarts.org/event/beacon/

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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.

http://www.philaphotoarts.org/artist-lab/residency-program/

#exhibition#installation#philadelphia photo arts center#residency

Skin Deep, Skimming the Pages, Drake One Fifty, Toronto, ON

Skin Deep, Skimming the Pages
September 7, 2017 – September 1, 2018

Elizabeth Zvonar
Steven Beckly
Chris Lux
Nando Alvarez-Perez
Rebecca Ladds

Drake One Fifty
150 York St, Toronto

Casting Drake One Fifty in a metaphorical ‘red light’, Skin Deep, Skimming the Pages explores the techniques with which artists approach the centuries-old subject matter of the human figure in the digital age. The exhibition highlights the dialogue between art history and the here-and-now, reinventing the erotic classicism of the past through the contemporary lens.

http://drakeonefifty.ca/whatson/2017/9/9/skin-deep-skimming-pages-exhibition-opening/

#drake one fifty#exhibition

VICE Photo Show 2017
Exhibitions / August 16, 2017

VICE Photo Show 2017, The Costume House, Toronto, ON

VICE Photo Show 2017

The Costume House, Toronto
165 Geary Ave, 2nd Floor, Unit A

Opening night party: Thursday August 24 from 7 to 10 pm

Join us for the opening reception of our photo exhibit celebrating the work of some of Canada’s most talented photographers.

Featuring photography by: Steven Beckly, Yasin Osman, Tess Roby, Michelle Siu, Haley Stewart and Norman Wong

RSVP required for entry, subject to event capacity. This is a 19+ event.

RSVP here: https://vicephotoshow2017.splashthat.com

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L’expo photos 2017 de VICE

Musée d’art contemporain de Montréal
185, Sainte-Catherine Ouest, Montréal, Québec

Vernissage: Jeudi 17 août de 19h à 22h

Oeuvres par: Steven Beckly, Yasin Osman, Tess Roby, Michelle Siu, Haley Stewart et Norman Wong

Le RSVP est maintenant fermé.

Ouvert au public vendredi, samedi et dimanche.
Vendredi: de 11h à 21h
Samedi, dimanche: de 10h à 18h

RSVP: https://expophotosvice.splashthat.com

#exhibition#vice

Water and Sky

Water and Sky:
Steven Beckly & Sarah Bodri

The Ferry Terminal Billboard Project
Supported by the Toronto Arts Council and the City of Toronto Parks, Forestry & Recreation Division

July 2017 – November 2017

Jack Layton Ferry Terminal, Toronto

Curated by Chris Foster & Daniel Rotsztain (Lake Effect Projects)

The Ferry Terminal Billboard Project is a one-year pilot project and partnership between Lake Effect Projects and the City of Toronto Parks, Forestry and Recreation Division. The project presents quarterly open-air visual art exhibitions in the 10 former advertising billboards in the inner corral of the Jack Layton Ferry Terminal.

FTBP’s inaugural summer exhibition features work by Sarah Bodri and Steven Beckly, whose photography responds to the theme Water and Sky.

http://lakeeffectprojects.ca/FTBP

#billboard#exhibition#ferry terminal billboard project

Soon Comes Night: Curated by Rebecca Travis, Birch Contemporary, Toronto, ON

Soon Comes Night
Steven Beckly, Martin Bennett, Sarah Sands Phillips
July 27 – August 26, 2017
Opening reception: Thursday July 27 from 6 to 8 pm

Birch Contemporary
129 Tucemseth St, Toronto

Curated by Rebecca Travis

Soon Comes Night explores images as an unfixed entity – between light and dark, abstract and representational, constructed and incidental. Painterly and photographic processes of abstraction, erasure and physical manipulation reveal alternative ways for imagery to surface over time, encouraging a prolonged act of looking and contemplation of duration. The title of the exhibition is inspired by a common engraving on sundials – in Latin ‘Mox Nox’ or ‘Soon Night’ – which reflects the work’s sense of time, and its hinging between definitive states.

Soon Comes Night includes previously unseen paintings by Martin Bennett (Saskatoon), new and existing works on paper and video by Sarah Sands Phillips (Toronto) and new works by Steven Beckly (Toronto).

http://birchcontemporary.com/exhibition/soon-comes-night-steven-beckly-martin-bennett-sarah-sands-phillips

#birch contemporary#exhibition

10x10: Curated by James Fowler, Gladstone Hotel, Toronto, ON

7th Annual 10×10 Photography Project
Exhibition & Book Launch
June 15 to August 18, 2017
Opening: Thursday June 22, 7 – 11 pm

Gladstone Hotel, 3rd floor
1214 Queen St W, Toronto

Curated by James Fowler

I’m excited to exhibit portraits of Basil AlZeri, Marvin Luvualu Antonio, Djuna Day, Vanessa Fleet, Samra Habib, Oliver Husain, Audric Montuno, Susana Reisman, Jocelyn Reynolds, and Maximilian Suillerot in this year’s 10×10 Photography Project.

10×10 Photography Project is an annual event and publication that celebrates queer Canadians in the arts. Portraits of 100 LGBTQ Canadians in the arts by 10 queer Canadian photographers are exhibited at the Gladstone Hotel, opening with a reception held during Toronto’s Pride celebrations.

http://10x10photographyproject.com
http://gladstonehotel.com/spaces/10x10photoproject2017/

10x10: Curated by James Fowler, Gladstone Hotel, Toronto, ON

#book launch#exhibition

This is Two Personal: Curated by Luis Mora, Working Title, Toronto, ON

Working Title presents:
This is Two Personal
A photo show curated by Luis Mora
Saturday May 27, 7 – 10 pm

Working Title
127 Davenport Road
Toronto, ON M5R 1H9

Aaron Wynia, Alana Paterson, Ali Bosworth, Andrew McGill, Brent Goldsmith, Chelsea Watt, Christian Ordonez, Danielle Suzanne, Devon Little, Gemma Warren, Hudson Hayden, Jalil Bokhari, Jamie Campbell, Jeffery Comber, Justin Aranha, Laura Lynn Petrick, Lodoe Laura, Marishka Radwanski, Mark Sommerfeld, Matt Tammaro, Melissa Renwick, Michelle Siu, Norman Wong, Pat O’Rourke, Scott Pilgrim, Sebastian Mejia, Sebastian Rodriguez, Shelby Fenlon, Steven Beckly, Suzanna Van Der Zaag, Tess Roby, Tommy Keith, Vanessa Heins

http://workingtitleshop.com

#exhibition#luis mora#working title

New Romantics
Photo: Toni Hafkenscheid

Steven Beckly:
New Romantics

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.

–Heather Rigg

http://scotiabankcontactphoto.com/2017/public-installation/billboards-at-dovercourt-rd-and-dupont-st-new-romantics

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PANEL: Printed Matter
Sunday May 7, 3 pm – 4 pm
Gladstone Hotel

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.

http://scotiabankcontactphoto.com/2017/panel/gladstone-hotel-printed-matter

#billboard#contact photography festival

An Orbit, Drake Hotel, Toronto, ON
Image: Shaun Gladwell

An Orbit
April 21, 2017 – July 11, 2017

The Drake Hotel
1150 Queen St W
Toronto, ON

Azza El Siddique
Niall McClelland
Rachel Monosov
Shaun Gladwell
Steven Beckly

The Drake’s spring exhibition ‘An Orbit’ explores movement, elements in playful opposition, counterbalance, and time.

http://www.thedrakehotel.ca/culture/orbit/

#drake hotel#exhibition

A tender touch can bend the straightest of things, Eastern Edge, St. John's, NL

Steven Beckly:
A tender touch can bend the straightest of things

7 January 2016 to 15 February 2016
Opening Reception: Saturday, January 7, from 7 to 9 pm

Eastern Edge Gallery
72 Harbour Drive
St. John’s, NL A1C 1B1

Steven Beckly’s new exhibition A tender touch can bend the straightest of things cleaves images and objects, photographs and sculptures. Each work expresses an intimacy from touch in both content and form, interrelating the visual and the haptic. His pictures of colour, light, and skin are printed on various surfaces—opaque and translucent, hard and soft. Forming a typology of textures and producing a range in perception, they delicately bend and fold against the apertures of the gallery space. Arousing sense and sensation, they affirm paper as a tactile and three-dimensional space of exposure. By transforming flatness into volume, the installation overturns the traditional conception of a rectilinear photographic frame. As viewers navigate the installation, they encounter a space disrupted by the touch of another presence, pointing to an intimacy between the physical and the spiritual, the natural and the spectral.

http://easternedge.ca/steven-beckly-a-tender-touch-can-bend-the-straightest-of-things/

Read curator Mireille Eagan’s response to the show: http://easternedge.ca/thespacebetween/

#eastern edge#exhibition

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