Steven Beckly: Meirenyu
January 18 – February 24, 2018
Opening Reception: Thursday, January 18, 6:00 – 8:00 pm
Daniel Faria Gallery is pleased to present Meirenyu, Steven Beckly’s first solo exhibition with the gallery.
Meirenyu is a transliteration of the Mandarin word for mermaid [ 美人魚 ]. Found in the myths of many cultures, mermaids are aquatic hybrids: half-human, half-fish. Neither fully belonging to land nor sea, they are transitional figures with transformative abilities. Closely entwined in human affairs, they are beautiful and seductive, dangerous yet vulnerable.
Drawing on symbols and themes from Beckly’s favourite underwater tales, Meirenyu casts an intimate gaze on the mermaid mythos to re-imagine our contemporary relationships with the ocean and the unknown. Working with images of light, water, and skin, Beckly cultivates a visual language of colours and textures by revealing poetic links between image and object, surface and space. Beckly’s photographs delicately hang, suspended in the gallery space, taking on three-dimensional forms that twist the orientations of up and down, left and right, front and back. Straddling photography and sculpture, his images connect the hybridity and fluidity of mermaids to broader issues of gender and sexuality. Printed on iridescent, opalescent, and translucent materials, they reflect an ethos of light, glamour, and transformation. In broader strokes, Meirenyu points to the power of myths in our understanding of the ocean and the unknown, while underscoring the need for new myths to reflect the global and environmental issues of today.
The artist acknowledges support from the Ontario Arts Council.
For more information contact Dory Smith at:
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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
RISOGRAPHY -LOVING IMPERFECTIONS-
Edited by Carolina Amell
18 x 23 cm
Risography is a subculture and a printing method with a very peculiar and unique aesthetic with whom a lot of artist, designers, creatives and bookmakers have fallen in love. Featuring work by Emily Taylor, Yeji Yun, Patch Keyes, Tamar Moshkovitz, Alan Cheetham, Antonio Hitos, Ashley Ronning, Jacqueline Colley, Claudio Pogo, Atto, We Are Out Of Office, Bene Rohlmann, Patrick Fennessy, Steven Beckly, David Biskup, Jamie Jones, Marco Goran Romano, Mouselephant, James Holstein, Sigrid Calon, Luke Drozd, Ryotaro Sasame, Risotto Studio, Tori, El Famoso, Silvan Zurbriggen, Louise Lockhart and more.
Mercer Multiplier 2017
14 November 2017, 6 pm – 10 pm
Mercer Union has asked 25 artists to each contribute works in limited editions of five, less than or equal to 20×30”. That means 125 chances for you to take home a unique work of contemporary art, while supporting Toronto’s leading artist-run centre. Purchase a ticket to be guaranteed a work at the event – ticket numbers will be drawn in random order giving you one minute to select. Enjoy complimentary food and beverages as participants vie for their favourites!
Doors at 6 pm – Draw at 7 pm
Each $200 ticket entitles the holder to one edition, to be selected by numbered draw the night of the event. Improve your chances of getting first pick of your favourite work by purchasing a Collector 3 Pack for $500. All ticket purchasers will have an hour to preview editions on offer before the ticket draw begins.
Participating Artists: Sara Angelucci, Karen Azoulay, Steven Beckly, Daniel Borins & Jennifer Marman, Erika Defreitas, Ben Freedman, Qendrim Hoti, Amy Claire Huestis & Suzanne Déry, Camille Jodoin-Eng, Steve Kado, Jeremy Laing, Scott Lyall, Katie Lyle, Jason McLean, Andrew McPhail, Kristie Muller, Andrew Reyes, Graham Roumieu, Sarah Sands Phillips, Curtis Santiago (Talwst), Liana Schmidt, Brittany Shepherd, TH&B, Nikki Woolsey, and Andy Patton
Daniel Faria Gallery at Art Toronto 2017
October 27 – 30, 2017
Booth curated by Derek Liddington featuring works by:
Jennifer Rose Sciarrino
Often the most poetic things are found in the everyday. Shadows and silhouettes offer moments of pause and reflection. Bodies and lines can be seen shifting, repeating. Light penetrates the window, bathing the white of the wall in a warm yellow glow, providing a surface for lightness and darkness to play hide-and-seek. It is easy to get lost in the dancing reflections; the shadow tracking the length of the day on the floor, the familiar silhouette of a lover at dusk, a vase’s shadow strewn over the table mistaken for a figure.
Shadow. The shadow reveals volume in space. The shadow conceals volume in space. The shadow provides a shift in perception, a moment when the reality we know becomes repeated, stretched and contorted. This arrangement of works offers a glimpse into the subject in shadow, which opens up a space for new readings. We see grids that are informed by gender and hierarchies of power, enlarged glass pollen forms that are so exaggerated in size they appear unfamiliar, and shadows stilled by paint that dance for us on delicate silks. In all of these works, our perception is altered through the manipulation of material and space, challenging and confusing the everyday.
Silhouette. The silhouette is seductive; it is a body in shadow. As with many forms of seduction, the silhouette can trigger one’s desire. Our desire for what is unknown, or known but not had; this gives way to anticipation. Our mind tells us the nude in the dark is our lover. The ambiguity caused by the shadow casts the familiar anew. Or at least, it can feel new in that moment. And that moment, however brief, can propose new possibilities. Like when a silhouette questions how gender can determine a body’s form, or a curtain, when finally pulled back, reveals a figure.
We open our eyes wide to capture light as it refracts. Lines of colour emerge. A teardrop streams down a cheek, a figure is masked by vegetation, a foot is seen peeking out from the corner of a room. We squint and adjust our eyes so that we can decode what is obscured by darkness: fabric encased in wax, a plaster bust of a child, a cloaked figure on a glass staircase, and swimmers synchronized.
Like Peter Pan chasing his shadow or the sundial that reveals the time of day, the silhouette in these works simultaneously point to that which changes and that which remains the same. They reveal our contemporary condition; that of a cyclical subject in a shifting context. A walking woman stuck on a looped path.
I’ll have new issues of Still Life and many other things at the 2/edition: Art Book Fair, held in conjunction with Art Toronto at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre from October 27 to October 30, 2017.
2/edition: Art Book Fair
Metro Toronto Convention Centre
255 Front St West
Toronto ON M5V 2W6
Thu Oct 26: 6:30 – 10 pm*
Fri Oct 27: 12 – 8 pm
Sat Oct 28: 12 – 8 pm
Sun Oct 29: 12 – 6 pm
Mon Oct 30: 12 – 6 pm
*FREE public opening reception on Thursday October 26th from 6:30 – 10 pm.
Steven Beckly: Beacon
September 21 – October 21, 2017
Philadelphia Photo Arts Center
1400 N. American Street #103
Philadelphia, PA 19122
Open studio tour and reception: Thursday, October 12 from 5 – 6 pm
PPAC’s latest Artist-in-Residence Steven Beckly kicks off his month-long residency with Beacon. Hanging from the exterior of the Crane Arts building, Beckly’s vibrant and abstract images speak to the relationships between light and shadow, figure and ground, surface and space. Using light as a metaphor for hope, Beacon places warmth and intimacy against today’s rapidly changing and politically fraught world. For Beckly, the public installation is also symbolic of his presence at PPAC and his desire to connect with the community in Philadelphia.
Beckly will host an open studio and light reception on Thursday, October 12 from 5 – 6 pm. In addition to discussing Beacon in-depth, Beckly will share the new work he creates during his month-long residency with attendees.
PPAC’s Artist Residency program assists talented, self-directed and committed artists in the creation of work by providing necessary financial support, access to high-end facilities and proper technical assistance and education. In addition to furthering their artistic practice, PPAC Artists-in-Residence work collaboratively with the organization to design public events, with the goal of engaging the audiences with the arts. The Artist Residency program fully funded three individuals in 2017, thanks to support from the National Endowment for the Arts and the Lynne and Harold Honickman Foundation.
Skin Deep, Skimming the Pages
September 7, 2017 – September 1, 2018
Drake One Fifty
150 York St, Toronto
Casting Drake One Fifty in a metaphorical ‘red light’, Skin Deep, Skimming the Pages explores the techniques with which artists approach the centuries-old subject matter of the human figure in the digital age. The exhibition highlights the dialogue between art history and the here-and-now, reinventing the erotic classicism of the past through the contemporary lens.
VICE Photo Show 2017
The Costume House, Toronto
165 Geary Ave, 2nd Floor, Unit A
Opening night party: Thursday August 24 from 7 to 10 pm
Join us for the opening reception of our photo exhibit celebrating the work of some of Canada’s most talented photographers.
Featuring photography by: Steven Beckly, Yasin Osman, Tess Roby, Michelle Siu, Haley Stewart and Norman Wong
RSVP required for entry, subject to event capacity. This is a 19+ event.
RSVP here: https://vicephotoshow2017.splashthat.com
L’expo photos 2017 de VICE
Musée d’art contemporain de Montréal
185, Sainte-Catherine Ouest, Montréal, Québec
Vernissage: Jeudi 17 août de 19h à 22h
Oeuvres par: Steven Beckly, Yasin Osman, Tess Roby, Michelle Siu, Haley Stewart et Norman Wong
Le RSVP est maintenant fermé.
Ouvert au public vendredi, samedi et dimanche.
Vendredi: de 11h à 21h
Samedi, dimanche: de 10h à 18h
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 – November 2017
Jack Layton Ferry Terminal, Toronto
Curated by Chris Foster & Daniel Rotsztain (Lake Effect 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.