Steven Beckly: Framework

November 9 to December 9, 2016
Opening: Wednesday November 9, 7 – 9 p.m.

The Door
121 Roncesvalles Ave
Toronto, ON M6R 2K9

Curated by Blair Swann

Framework is a colour transparency installed in the window frame of curator Blair Swann’s apartment door. Rotated over the course of the exhibition and illuminated by the changing light of day, the installation offers multiple ways of looking at a picture. Fluid in content and form, the work questions the fixity of its photographic frame through the destabilization of its four borders.

As an artist and curator, Blair Swann has worked on exhibitions, residencies, and publications. From 2014 to 2016, he served as the Art Editor of the University of Toronto’s Hart House Review. Recent curatorial projects include Ghost Story, a group exhibition at XPACE Cultural Centre, and The Door, a new window space that he programs from his home. Swann received his BA from the University of Toronto in 2016.

The Door is an accessible, street-level window space that is viewable 24 hours.

The exhibition is accompanied by a poem in four parts co-authored by Lindsay MilesAmanda Norsworthy, and Fan Wu.


#exhibition#the door

Come to My Window

Steven Beckly: Come to My Window
Artscape Youngplace Billboard
September 2016 to January 2017

Curated by Matthew Kyba

In Come to My Window, a finger presses against a plane window waiting for a reciprocal touch. It is looking for contact, longing for intimacy. The title is taken from the 1994 Grammy Award-winning song by Melissa Etheridge. The first single released from her album Yes I Am, it confesses Etheridge’s intense longing for a beloved while implicating the singer’s queerness and activism.

Captured from the clouds and situated outside Artscape Youngplace, the billboard expresses a similar and unfulfilled wish: a desire for a public and global intimacy that stems from the ground and blooms from the individual. Against the backdrop of windows that adorn the repurposed school, Beckly’s image becomes a public invitation to engage these openings as sites for social connection.

–Matthew Kyba

Matthew Kyba is an independent curator and Founder/Director of Bunker 2, a Toronto-based contemporary art and project space. He received his MFA for Criticism and Curatorial Practice from OCAD U and has organized shows in Toronto, Portland OR, and Kingston ON.

Critical Distance Centre for Curators (CDCC) provides opportunities for curators and artists to mount fully realized exhibitions within a critical framework. Through a wide-ranging annual program of exhibitions and projects supported by the production of original publications, editions, and events, CDCC is an open platform for diverse curatorial practices and perspectives, and a forum for the exchange of ideas on curating and exhibition-making as a way to engage and inform audiences from all walks of life.

#artscape youngplace#billboard#exhibition#installation

Various Small Portraits, Working Title, Toronto, ON

Working Title presents:
Various Small Portraits
A photo show curated by Luis Mora
Saturday May 21, 7 – 10 pm

Working Title
127 Davenport Road
Toronto, ON M5R 1H9

Aaron Mcelroy, Alana Celii, Ali Bosworth, Andreas Laszlo Konrath, Benedict Brink, Brett Gundlock, Dafy Hagai, Denelle Kennedy, Elizabeth Renstrom, Eriver Hijano, Eva Michon, Fantavious Fritz, Gemma Warren, Grace Ahlbom, Hayley Louisa Brown, Hudson Hayden, Jamie Campbell, Jody Rogac, Jonnie Craig, Jordan Sullivan, Julian Berman, Justin Aranha, Kane Hopkins, Kristie Muller, Laura Lynn Petrick, Lindley Warren, Matthew Tammaro, Molly Matalon, Nathan Cyprys, Noel Rodo Vankeulen, Ryan Allan, Ryan Lowry, Samuel Bradley, Sarah Blais, Scott Pilgrim, Seth Fluker, Steph Anienoritz, Steven Beckly, Suzanna Zak, Tess Roby, Vanessa Heins

#exhibition#luis mora#working title

Of you, unfolding, Daniel Faria Gallery, Toronto, ON

Steven Beckly:
Of you, unfolding

May 6, 2016 – June 2, 2016

Opening reception:
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.

#daniel faria gallery#mfa

A Public Display of Affection

Steven Beckly:
A Public Display of Affection
AKA artist-run, Saskatoon
Billboard May and June, 2016

In A Public Display of Affection, a spectrum splashes across a tattoo of two connected circles. They share a slender arm, an anonymous fragment of a social body. Inhabiting AKA’s billboard, the image overlays symbols of unity, inclusion, pride, celebration, and love against Saskatoon’s spring sky.

#aka artist-run#billboard

Christmas Spice, Paul Petro Contemporary Art, Toronto, ON

Christmas Spice
our 19th annual holiday exhibition
December 4 – December 19, 2015
Opening reception: Friday December 4, 7 – 11 pm

Paul Petro Contemporary Art
980 Queen St West
Toronto, ON M6J 1H1

This year’s tree by Jacqueline Treloar.

Stephen Andrews, Steven Beckly, Julie Beugin, Amy Bowles, Leigh Bridges, Churla Burla, Jane Buyers, Keith Cole, Dennis Day, Tom Dean, Maura Doyle, André Ethier, Gary Evans, FASTWURMS, Marie Finkelstein, Erella Ganon, Robert Flack, Sadko Hadzihasanovic, Anitra Hamilton, Andrew Harwood, Natalka Husar, Zachari Logan, Jiva MacKay, Olia Mishchenko, Janet Morton, Will Munro, Garry-Lewis James Osterberg, Shannon Partridge, Andrew James Paterson, Sandy Plotnikoff, Mélanie Rocan, Gretchen Sankey, Morley Shayuk, Cole Swanson, Ho Tam, Freddie Towe / FannaWanna, Carol Wainio

#exhibition#paul petro contemporary art

Corner Poems, Zavitz Gallery, University of Guelph, Guelph, ON

Corner Poems
Steven Beckly
9 Nov – 13 Nov 2015
Zavitz Gallery
University of Guelph

Opening: 11 November, 6 p.m.


Hard Rest, Boarding House Gallery, Guelph, ON

Hard Rest
University of Guelph MFA Exhibition
Boarding House Gallery
6 Dublin St South
Guelph, ON

September 11 – 26, 2015
Opening reception: September 14, 7:30 – 9:30 pm

Ambera Wellmann
Erika Dueck
John Haney
Patrick Cruz
Paul MacIntyre
Simon M. Benedict
Steven Beckly
Amanda Boulos
Hiba Abdallah
Jean-Marc Perin
Kevin Murphy
Larissa Tiggelers
Peter Denton
Shannon Garden-Smith


Studio Light in Two Parts

3 September – 26 September 2015
Studio Light in Two Parts

Art Metropole Window Display by Steven Beckly
Two chromogenic transparencies installed in the Art Metropole shop window

#art metropole#exhibition

Muse, Gallery 44 Members' Gallery, Toronto, ON

Steven Beckly
Nathan Cyprys
Hudson Hayden
Brendan George Ko

September 11, 2015 – September 26, 2015
Opening: September 11, 6 – 8 p.m.

Gallery 44 Members’ Gallery
401 Richmond St W, Suite #120
Toronto, ON M5V 3A8

The notion of the artistic muse has been in existence as long as the arts themselves, since the nine daughters of Zeus were born, the personification of knowledge and the arts themselves throughout Greek mythology. As artists, our muses speak to us and through us, they can embody our work as much as our work embodies them. As photographers, we rely on our science to arrest them in time, to remember, as if there is some part of them they offer up to us in this fraction of a second, a small part we know we’ll be able to keep. Perhaps we’re hyper aware that they are as temporal as we, and we continue to produce, and hold onto our images, knowing they may survive a little longer – a legacy of friendship, love, or even obsession.

#exhibition#gallery 44