Come to My Window

Steven Beckly: Come to My Window
Artscape Youngplace Billboard
September 2016 to January 2017

Curated by Matthew Kyba

In Come to My Window, a finger presses against a plane window waiting for a reciprocal touch. It is looking for contact, longing for intimacy. The title is taken from the 1994 Grammy Award-winning song by Melissa Etheridge. The first single released from her album Yes I Am, it confesses Etheridge’s intense longing for a beloved while implicating the singer’s queerness and activism.

Captured from the clouds and situated outside Artscape Youngplace, the billboard expresses a similar and unfulfilled wish: a desire for a public and global intimacy that stems from the ground and blooms from the individual. Against the backdrop of windows that adorn the repurposed school, Beckly’s image becomes a public invitation to engage these openings as sites for social connection.

–Matthew Kyba

Matthew Kyba is an independent curator and Founder/Director of Bunker 2, a Toronto-based contemporary art and project space. He received his MFA for Criticism and Curatorial Practice from OCAD U and has organized shows in Toronto, Portland OR, and Kingston ON.

Critical Distance Centre for Curators (CDCC) provides opportunities for curators and artists to mount fully realized exhibitions within a critical framework. Through a wide-ranging annual program of exhibitions and projects supported by the production of original publications, editions, and events, CDCC is an open platform for diverse curatorial practices and perspectives, and a forum for the exchange of ideas on curating and exhibition-making as a way to engage and inform audiences from all walks of life.

#artscape youngplace#billboard#exhibition#installation

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

Hart House Review: 25th Anniversary

Some photos in the 25th anniversary issue of the Hart House Review.

#hart house review#publication

MFA Open Studios, University of Guelph, 23 March 2016

MFA Open Studios 2016
University of Guelph
School of Fine Art and Music
Wednesday March 23, 2016
3:00 – 5:00 p.m. and 7:30 – 9:00 p.m.

The MFA students in the School of Fine Art and Music at the University of Guelph are pleased to welcome the public to their annual Open Studios, offering a rare inside look at the development of new work within the hothouse environment of an art program and a chance to chat with artists about their work in progress.

Open Studios 2016 features work by graduate candidates:

Hiba Abdallah, Steven Beckly, Amanda Boulos, Patrick Cruz, Peter Denton, Erika Dueck, Shannon Garden-Smith, John Haney, Simon M. Benedict, Paul MacIntyre, Kevin Murphy, Jean-Marc Perin, Larissa Tiggelers, Ambera Wellmann

Click here to view the 2016 MFA Open Studios brochure.

The University of Guelph offers a two year Master of Fine Arts Degree that combines intensive studio concentration with seminars in theory and pedagogy. Exceptionally committed graduate faculty and limited student enrolment result in a community that is intensely involved in contemporary art and its discourse. A consistently excellent program of visiting artists, critics and curators extends this community.

MFA Open Studios is held in conjunction with the 10th Annual Dasha Shenkman Lecture in Contemporary Art with Fred Wilson on Wednesday March 23, 2016 at 6:00 p.m.

#mfa#university of guelph

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

Material Art Fair 2016, Expo Reforma, Mexico City, MX

Ed Video at Material Art Fair 2016
Expo Reforma
Mexico City, MX
4-7 February 2016

Featuring video, sculpture, drawings, and performance by: Steven Beckly, Hyang Cho, Patrick Cruz, Jesi the Elder, Amélie Laurence Fortin.

Curated by Scott McGovern

#art fair#ed video#exhibition#material art fair

Colour Code Edition
Publications / January 5, 2016

Colour Code Edition

New edition in two colour variations (mint and fluorescent pink) in collaboration with Colour Code.
Debuting at their booth X12 at the LA Art Book Fair, February 12-14, 2016.

#colour code#edition#publication

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