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

Auto Feeling, Katzman Contemporary, Toronto, ON

Auto Feeling
Katzman Contemporary
86 Miller Street
Toronto, ON M6N 2Z9

July 18 - August 8, 2015
Opening Reception: Saturday July 18, 2 – 5 p.m.

Steven Beckly, Patrick Cruz, Brandan Doty, Erika Dueck, John Haney, Maegan Harbridge, Minwoo Lee, Simon M. Benedict, Paul MacIntryre, Maegan Rose Mehler, Janine Miedzik, Jasmine Reimer, Ambera Wellmann

Auto Feeling evokes a split-motivation; automatic and involuntary, regular and repeated, mechanical and habituated it looks like breathing, sounds like hearts beating. Conversely and yet somehow equally, it is also a state of unconsciousness, an inability to forecast. Instead, to work under the condition of an Auto Feeling, is to investigate by Feeling. An immediate sense and sensibility, Auto Feeling is an intuitive understanding; fluid like a mood it is subject to fluctuation.

Evidenced by each work in this exhibition is openness towards intention and the desire, if not also ability, to surrender control within the ritual of making. It might appear as if the artwork is the result of endless meandering, adventure or even drunkenness. The works are often uniquely (and yet not un-pleasingly) imperfect—bent metal, dripped paint and crumpled duct tape make crooked effigies, streaked and erased, rude and rough edged, composed of fragmented and illogical objects whose immediate associations are uncertain. On the other hand, the artists paint with delicate, skilled strokes revealing figurative accuracy and sensual patterns, they form meticulous, gloriously laborious renderings, seamlessly conjoined collage, miniscule worlds and capture prosaic moments through elegant photography. Their inquisitiveness is not a display of artist heroics (to reinvent or set precedent) but more an indication of their dedication to experimentation and the refusal to become complacent.

A catalogue accompanying the exhibition with essays by Aaron Weldon and Jasmine Reimer will be available in the gallery for purchase by donation.


the force of what lives us outliving the mountain.

The force of what lives us outliving the mountain

Travaillant à partir de photographies anciennes dans lesquelles les relations apparaissent ambiguës, Steven Beckly interroge les normes culturelles qui entourent l’intimité et la proximité. Des images présentent des couples de même sexe posant pour la photo, situation qui amène les individus à se rapprocher, à s’étreindre ou à se tenir la main. Sont-ils frères, sœurs, cousins, amis, amoureux? Pour le savoir, il faudrait avoir accès à leur histoire. Par une série d’œuvres qui décortiquent l’anatomie des photographies et en isolent les éléments – images photographiques, textes manuscrits aux versos, cadres ornés -, l’artiste brouille les pistes qui permettraient de connaître la nature de la relation unissant les personnes représentées. Il ne reste alors que les indices de liens qui ont traversé le temps par la photographie.


25 AVRIL – 24 MAI 2015

#exhibition#reunions#vu photo