Water and Sky (curated by Chris Foster & Daniel Rotsztain), Lake Effects Projects, Jack Layton Ferry Terminal, Toronto, ONExhibitions / July 26, 2017
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 – October 2017
Jack Layton Ferry Terminal, Toronto
Curated by Chris Foster & Daniel Rotsztain (Lake Effects 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.
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
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).
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.
Toronto Art Book Fair
Opening night preview party
Thu June 15: 6 – 10 pm
Fri June 16: 12 – 8 pm
Sat June 17: 12 – 8 pm
Sun June 18: 12 – 6 pm
I’ll have a table on the third floor with many new releases, including a double-sided risograph, produced in collaboration with Colour Code.
Working Title presents:
This is Two Personal
A photo show curated by Luis Mora
Saturday May 27, 7 – 10 pm
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
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.
PANEL: Printed Matter
Sunday May 7, 3 pm – 4 pm
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.
April 21, 2017 – July 11, 2017
The Drake Hotel
1150 Queen St W
Azza El Siddique
The Drake’s spring exhibition ‘An Orbit’ explores movement, elements in playful opposition, counterbalance, and time.
I’m excited to live and work at the Doris McCarthy Artist Residency from March 6 to May 18, 2017.
The Doris McCarthy Artist Residency program is located at Fool’s Paradise – a large, cliff-side property overlooking Toronto’s majestic Scarborough Bluffs – is the former home and studio of Doris McCarthy (1910-2010), artist, writer, educator and conservationist. The property inspired McCarthy for over 70 years. And it is anticipated that Fool’s Paradise will inspire visiting artists for generations to come.
In keeping with McCarthy’s wishes when she donated the property to the Ontario Heritage Trust, the Trust has converted Fool’s Paradise into an Artist-in-Residence Centre. Professional visual artists, musicians and writers can apply to live and work at this serene and picturesque site. The Centre embraces the multi-disciplinary nature of the arts, strives to demonstrate the positive and restorative influence of landscape and the environment, and fosters excellence among contemporary Canadian artists, musicians and writers.
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.
Read curator Mireille Eagan’s response to the show: http://easternedge.ca/thespacebetween/
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An essay by Jerelle Kraus
Fiction by Amir Adam, Jekwu Anyaegbuna, and Olivia Parkes
Poems by Michael Brown Jr., Xava Nitzan De Cordova, Caitlin Dube, Tim Lavis, Maria Rosa Mills, Bryan Narendorf, Dennis O’Connell, Tim Robbins, Emily Sklar, Kevin Wood, Diana Woodcock, and Thomas Young
Art and photography by Kent Andreasen, Brian Arnold, Nathan Bajar, Nick Ballon, Elvert Barnes, Steven Beckly, Nick Boso, Parker Day, Maurice Van Es, McNair Evans, Jason Falchook, Nikita Gale, Jackie Gendel, Nicholas Gerber, Sandra Gramm, Harry Griffin, Harry Gould Harvey IV, Sarah Haug, Claudia Imbert, Zisis Kardianos, Cheryl Kelley, Arseni Khamzin, Adam Kremer, Jessica Labatte, Matthew C. Lange, Adam J Long, Charles Ludeke, Olaf Martens, Julian Master, Katie Vetter Miller, Nik Mirus, Aso Mohammadi, Sam Nixon, Tim Parchikov, Lucius Pax, John Francis Peters, Piotr Pietrus, Mimi Plumb, Annie Powers, Andrew Querner, Fabrizio Raschetti, Alexander Rotondo, Stephane Salvi, Lina Scheynius, Heather Sten, Hagihara Takuya, Camille Vivier, Carolin Walch, and Alba Yruela