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.
In Conversation with Steven Beckly and Fan Wu
Thursday September 10, 2020
3pm MST / 5pm EST
Taking place on Zoom
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Join us on Thursday September 10 at 3pm MST / 5pm EST on Zoom for a conversation with Steven Beckly and Fan Wu. Bridging the closing of Steven’s current exhibition ‘The heart can’t wait’ at Daniel Faria Gallery, and the upcoming opening of ‘Lightbringer’ at Stride Gallery, the conversation builds on connective threads between these two bodies of work: the poetics of love, desire and loss pinned through metaphors of the heart and the figure of lucifer, or the ‘lightbringer.’
Steven Beckly is a Chinese artist and photographer based in Toronto. Recent and upcoming solo exhibitions include The heart can’t wait at Daniel Faria Gallery, Toronto (2020); and Love S.O.S. at Centre3, Hamilton (2019). Beckly’s work has been featured in exhibitions at the Remai Modern, Saskatoon (2019); The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston (2019); and the Musée d’art contemporain de Montréal (2017). He is represented by Daniel Faria Gallery, Toronto.
Fan Wu is the spitting image of Icarus bedecked in kid gloves. What gives him meaning in life right now: intertwining a practice of life with a practice of writing; learning how to cook; and separating desire from necessity. He hosts critical reading and creative writing workshops at Toronto art centres including Art Metropole and Mercer Union. You can find his writing online at Koffler Digital, baest journal, Aisle 4, and MICE Magazine. Please contact him for business or confession at firstname.lastname@example.org.
This event is co-presented between Daniel Faria Gallery and Stride Gallery.
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: email@example.com 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
In anticipation of Steven Beckly’s upcoming exhibition Lightbringer at Stride Gallery, Calgary, the gallery has produced a limited edition publication featuring images by the artist and a text by Toronto-based poet Fan Wu.
If you would like to receive a free copy of this publication, send an email with your mailing address to firstname.lastname@example.org.
For more information, visit: http://www.stride.ab.ca/lightbringer/
Thursday November 21, 2019
Preview hour: 5:00 – 6:00 pm
Sale and reception: 6:00 – 10:00 pm
Dance party: 10:00 pm – late
Exhibition and sale continues: November 22 – December 7, 2019
Gallery hours: Tuesday – Saturday, 12:00 – 5:00 pm
Join us for the 33rd edition of Photorama, Gallery TPW’s annual fundraising exhibition featuring contemporary photography and lens-based art by over 80 artists.
The public sale and reception will be the first opportunity to purchase artworks by such exciting artists as Steven Beckly, Anique Jordan, Paul Butler, Maggie Groat, Isabel M. Martinez, Jennifer Murphy and Edward Burtynsky.
The evening will include food and a cash bar, stay late and celebrate this wonderful community with us on the dancefloor!
Proceeds from sales support Gallery TPW’s mission and the participating artists.
Admission to the Photorama Reception and sale is FREE and open to the public.
170 St. Helens Ave.
40 Forward: Stellar Living 2019
14 November 2019 6pm
AUCTION NIGHT | Doors at 6PM | Auction at 7PM
LOCATION | Mercer Union | 1286 Bloor St. West
Mercer Union’s signature fundraising auction returns in celebration of our 40th Anniversary. Proceeds from the event contribute essential funds to support exhibitions and programs at Mercer Union, and help maintain our position as Canada’s leading artist-run centre.
Join us this landmark year to celebrate four decades of contemporary art, and many more to come!
View the artwork collection at stellar.mercerunion.org
Stephen Andrews • Joi T. Arcand • Karen Azoulay • Dean Baldwin • Daniel Barrow • Steven Beckly • Nadia Belerique • Shary Boyle • Adam David Brown • James Carl • Moyra Davey • Tom Dean • Jason Dodge • Dave Dyment • Marcel Dzama • Geoffrey Farmer • Robert Fones • Angela Grauerholz • Maggie Groat • Iris Häussler • Maria Hupfield • Spring Hurlbut • Laurie Kang • Janice Kerbel • Paul Kneale • Kristiina Lahde • Jeremy Laing • Estate of Sol LeWitt • Jimmy Limit • Annie MacDonell • Kelly Mark • Hazel Meyer • Jonathan Monk • Jennifer Murphy • Shelley Niro • Luke Painter • Roula Partheniou • Veronika Pausova • Rajni Perera • Ed Pien • Estate of Jaan Poldaas • Laure Prouvost • Darren Rigo • Jennifer Rose Sciarrino • Jessica Stockholder • Winnie Truong • Haley Uyeda • Joy Walker • Matthew Wong • Robert Youds
Tanner Kidd (Co-Chair) • Richard Lambert (Co-Chair) • Rebecca Carbin • Miles Gertler • Gill Harris • Jeremy Laing • Devan Patel • Robert Wainstein
Daniel Faria Gallery at Art Toronto 2019
October 25 – 27, 2019
Metro Toronto Convention Centre
255 Front Street West
Featuring work by:
Jennifer Rose Sciarrino
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
Cover art for the UK edition of When I Grow Up I Want to Be a List of Further Possibilities by Chen Chen. Published by Bloodaxe Books.