University of Guelph
9 Nov 2015 – 13 Nov 2015
Whose End I Knew
“I have never started a poem yet whose end I knew. Writing a poem is discovering.”
Discovery is vulnerable territory; it asks you to release what is known.
Steven Beckly’s photographs begin as traces of intimacy. His encounters–physical, psychical, sexual, emotional–are impressed in images, his images impressed in light. They are traces of traces, and in viewing them you are asked to discover his intimacy as your own. Made from, and with light, his photographs are living things. They blink, they throb, they shimmer, they exhale, they glisten, they bristle and sigh, and in the care and tenderness of light, they wait for us. We are invited to take them, or perhaps take care of them, in exchange for a poem of our own.
Installed in each of the four corners of the gallery, these traces gather briefly, even vulnerably, for a short while. A montage of images, they reflect experience without narrative, time without duration. The walls of the gallery slowly empty out each day: as images disperse, words accumulate. Energy never disappears, it simply changes form.
To touch is to be touched. A poem is an afterimage. Discovery acknowledges neither beginning nor ending, but continuation.
Ambera Wellmann is a painter, a princess of darkness, and an MFA Candidate at the University of Guelph.