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


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.

#billboard#contact photography festival

Avec Magazine: 그리고 벽

[그리고 벽: 벽으로 말하는 열네 개의 작업 이야기]

출판사 지콜론북이 발행하고 AVEC에서 기획한
신작 [그리고 벽]이 출간되었습니다.

저자 : 글 이원희, 사진 정은지
형태 : 170mm x 210mm / 무선제본 / 242면
가격 : 15,000원
발행일 : 2016년 2월 25일
ISBN 978-89-98656-55-3 03600
구입처 : 교보문고, 알라딘, YES24등 대형 서점

벽 속의 세계 : 은밀한 작업실의 벽으로
* Kristin Texeira (페인터)
* Steven Beckly (포토그래퍼)
* 이소영 (식물세밀화가)
* 호상근 (작가, Artist)

작업과 벽의 사이 : 방문객과 함께 즐길 수 있는 벽으로
* 이지연 (쇼콜라티에)
* Workhorse Press (독립 출판 스튜디오)
* 박기철 (원예가)
* HEY Studio (그래픽디자인 스튜디오)

우리 모두의 벽 : 작가의 작업을 나의 벽으로
* Mimi Jung (위빙 디자이너)
* Wurstbande (벽화 아티스트)
* Sarah Benning (현대 자수가)
* Soña Lee (벽화 아티스트)
* CHIAOZZA (아트 듀오)
* MOMO (벽화 아티스트)

I have an interview in Avec Magazine’s latest book 그리고 벽.

Avec Magazine: 그리고 벽

#avec magazine#publication

Wavepool Interview

I answered some questions by the thoughtful Kyle Seis for Wavepool.

Time and Temporality: A Symposium, Art Gallery of Guelph, Guelph, ON

I’m giving a presentation titled “Time After Time: Love, Desire, and Temporality” as part of a two-day symposium on Time and Temporality, presented by the Art Gallery of Guelph on Friday October 16.

#art gallery of guelph#symposium

Keeping Me Away: Steven Beckly & Benjamin Bellas In Conversation Keeping Me Away: Steven Beckly & Benjamin Bellas In Conversation

While I was in Calgary, I sat down with Benjamin Bellas, Steven Cottingham, and Su Ying Strang for a conversation about love, loss, sincerity, intimacy, death, among many other things. That conversation, along with installation images, and an exhibition essay by Lindsay Sorell are published in a catalogue for Soft Movements in the Same Direction.

You can purchase a copy by contacting The New Gallery.

You can also read the full conversation here.

#catalogue#publication#soft movements in the same direction#the new gallery

Globe and Mail Video Interview: Steven Beckly's Reunions

You can watch an interview I did with The Globe and Mail about Reunions. Last week to see the show! The exhibition ends on May 31.

I want to make a small clarification: Reunions is more so about same-sex intimacies across contexts and their ambiguities in still photographs, rather than about identifying same-sex or queer couples (which the video is alluding to). A small but important distinction. Thank you to everyone who has went to see the show so far!

#contact photography festival#exhibition#globe and mail#interview#online feature#reunions

Papirmasse Issue No. 52, April 2014

I made a foldable paper sculpture for the latest issue of Papirmass. You can order a copy or purchase a subscription here, and read my artist interview here.