Soft Movements in the Same Direction The New Gallery 208 Centre St SE Calgary, AB
April 11 – May 17, 2014 Opening: Friday April 11, 8:00 p.m.
Steven Beckly and Benjamin Bellas
The New Gallery is pleased to present Soft Movements in the Same Direction by Steven Beckly (Toronto, ON) and Benjamin Bellas (Chicago, IL). This exhibition pairs the work of two artists concerned with representations of intimacy, impermanence, and distance. With video, photography, and found objects, they provide forms for the inarticulable ache of an unknown absence. Accompanying exhibition essay “We really loved each other, you know” by Lindsay Sorell can be found here: http://thenewgallery.org/soft-movements/
I’m flying to Calgary this week for a show at The New Gallery, opening on Friday. If you’re around, please come have a drink. It’s my first time in Calgary, so if you have any tips on things to do, please get in touch. See you soon, Calgary!
Newspace Center for Photography is pleased to announce Fresh AiR: Newspace Artist in Residence Exhibition containing a selection of work from the six photographers who were Newspace Artists in Residence from 2012 and 2013.
These photographers were selected for one-month residencies at Newspace Center for Photography during which time they received access to the Newspace facilities and guidance from the staff. Residents spent their time working on ongoing projects or creating something brand new. This opportunity afforded them the time and space to think and immerse themselves in their own creative process as well as to engage with the Portland photography community. Resident artists also served as a source of inspiration and guidance for the many students and photographers who create and learn at Newspace.
To document the work created by these six talented artists, Newspace is happy to announce the forthcoming release of a photo book containing selections from the work of each resident. Copies will be available for sale at the Opening Reception and throughout the display of the exhibition.
Daily Life Storage release 8: Glory One of three new portfolios available this month.
Produced in an edition of 25, Glory is the first of three portfolios Daily Life Storage is releasing this month in preparation for the LA Art Book Fair. It features seven works in a new, large format edition. It gets bigger!
Participating artists Steven Beckly Bobby Collins Bobby Gonzalez Jesús Monteagudo Guerra Matt Morris
Daily Life Storage is a series of limited edition portfolios and other projects generating an ongoing and admittedly peculiar archive centered around queer creativity. As the collection expands it rests somewhere between art, scrotums, piss and kinkos. To launch each new release, portfolios are available for free to anyone willing to fulfill a given task. After this initial offering, the remaining portfolios are sold at bookstores, book fairs and via this website to help fund future projects.
I have a portfolio in the latest issue of Packet, along with contributions from Nicole Reber, Ian Lewandowski, Sampson Starkweather, Alex Gavryushenko, Eric Wiley, Kate Gavino, and Cait Oppermann. Risograph and laserjet, 34 pages, singe staple-bound 8.5x11. You can purchase the issue here. Thank you, Anthony and Chris!
Early Works Rayko Photo Center 428 Third Street San Francisco, CA
October 17 – November 17, 2013 Opening reception: October 17, 6 – 8 pm
Corey Arnold, Roger Ballen, Douglas Beasley, Steven Beckly, Sheri Lynn Behr, Lori Bell, Jesse Burke, Richard S. Chow, Joseph Deiss, Maureen Drennan, Deena Feinberg, Gloria Baker Feinstein, Rich Frishman, Michael Jang, Zoltan Jokay, Ann Kendellen, Lewis Koch, Hannah Kozak, Varese Layzer, Phoebe Lickwar, Jim Lommasson, Ann Massoni, David Pace, Stephen Perloff, Jaime Permuth, Alexis Pike, Jordan Reznick, Trix Rosen, Traer Scott, Jack Semura, Frederick Sharpe, Marsha Stewart, Stephanie Williamson, Charlyn Zlotnik
Curated by Laura Moya and Laura Valenti Jelen
Early Works is an exhibition that examines the naive imagery made by contemporary photographers when they were children. These early images often reveal surprising talent, visual intuition, and honesty. Kept for many decades in shoeboxes and faded albums, the images are often cherished belongings that play a key role in defining the self as artist.
This exhibition is a close look at photographers’ earliest works, paired with personal narratives about the images and their role in each photographers’ development as an artist.
The idea for Early Works came from a conversation in which we exchanged stories about discovering photography at an early age. What was it about the medium that kindled our imaginations when we were young?
We wanted to revisit the moment when other contemporary photographers first connected with the medium. We were curious about what childhood images might show us about the nascent stages of creative vision. For many of us, an early fascination with photography led to a life-long passion. How do photographers keep their relationship to the medium alive over the years, and ultimately choose to make it their professional voice?
Many childhood experiences live in our subconscious and are often difficult to navigate, even as adults. Memories of historic moments, of families unraveling, of play, discovery, and struggles with identity are a part of our collective history. This project is about imagery, but equally about personal narrative. A photograph can serve as a strong visual cue that can spark a rich story in a second.
Boys on Film Vol. 1 14.8 x 21 cm, 128 pages ISBN: 978-89-965281-9-7 Edition of 1000 Published date: September 20, 2013
Alexa Babiuk, Alexandra Waespi, Alice Rainis, Amandine Paulandré, Amy Dorian, Berta Pfirscih, Brad Freeman, Bradford Gregory, Daniel Gentelev, Derek Fernandes, Elisabete Santos Rosa, Elise Toïdé, Emily-Jane Robinson, Fernando Hideki, Hanna Ukura, Helena Estrela, Hollie Fernando, Igor Termenon, Isabella Stahl, Isolde Woudstra, Javier Castán, Jael Levi, Jesse Jacobs, Jon Stars, Johanna Tagada, Jordanna Kalman, Joseph Wolfgang Ohlert, Justin Guthrie, Karen Prosen, Katherine Squier, Katie Silvester, Kimberley Grant, Kirill Mazhai, Kitty Riddell, Laura-Lynn Petrick, Lauren Brown, Lea Colombo, Lola Li, Lottie Spencer, Marco Hernandez, Mariana Pacho Lopez, Marija Strajnic, Matheus Chiaratti, Matilde Viegas, Matt Sanchez, Matthew Farag, Maxwell Tomlinson, Megan Tilley, Melisa Minca, Mercedes Esquivel, Meryl Olah, Naomi Hart, Natasha Ch. K., Olivia Locher, Posternaks, Rosaline Shahnavaz, Rosanna Webster, Ryan Shamblin, Sara Sani, Silvia Conde, Sonya Kydeeva, Sophie Davidson, Stephen Edwards, Steven Beckly, Yuvali Theis
Girls/Boys on Film are two contemporary photography zines founded by Igor Termenon in February 2011. The zines showcase portraits taken with film cameras and are also a platform to discover photography talent. Since its beginnings two years ago, the zines have attracted international attention and have been featured in magazines and websites such as Elle Girl Korea, Urban Outfitters Blog, Dazed & Confused and It’s Nice That. Girls on Film has also been recently added to the Museum of Modern Art Library archive in New York.
BUILT FOR ART presents Practice Practice An independent project for Scotiabank Nuit Blanche at 401 Richmond
October 5, 2013 6:51 pm – SUNRISE
Curated by: Alice Dixon + Evan Tyler Produced by: Urbanspace Property Group + Erin MacKeen
To carry out, to train, to repeat. People are practicing every day at 401 Richmond; putting ideas into action. People practice their art, their trade, their talent, their passion. As well, many studios in 401 are devoted to teaching new skills and presenting new ideas. This year’s Built for Art seeks to honour this important aspect of life at 401 Richmond.
PARTICIPANTS Erin Gee, Brette Gabel, Timeanddesire, Ponni Arasu + South Asian Visual Arts Centre, Jacquie Green, Janine Lindgren, Olga Battaglia, Jiri Tomiska, and Kimberley Whitchurch, Pop-Up Office, Contemporary Textile Studio Co-op, Rebecca Gruihn + CFMDC, Steven Beckly, Kalyna Pidwerbesky, Alien Express Collective, Arts for Children and Youth (AFCY), Karen Abel, Jessica Marion Barr + Gareth Bate, Peter Ride + Vtape, Elizabeth Underhill, Robyn York + Saman Design, Tobias Williams, Martin Heath + Cinecycle
GALLERIES Abbozzo Gallery: David Blackwood + Cora Brittan WARC Gallery: Camille Turner Open Studio: Shannon Collis, Kaleena Stasiak, + George Walker GALLERY 44: Susan Dobson, Matt Mcintosh Prefix Institute of Contemporary Art: Keesic Douglas, Meryl McMaster, Nigit’stil Norbert + Bear Witness A Space Gallery: Ahasiw Maskegon Iskwew, Leslie McCue + Adrian Stimson
BUILT FOR ART is an artistic event in conjunction with Scotiabank Nuit Blanche that takes place annually in the public spaces, galleries and studios of the historic 401 Richmond building in downtown Toronto.
401 RICHMOND is a restored, heritage-designated, industrial building in downtown Toronto that is home to over 140 artists, cultural producers, microenterprises, galleries, festivals, and shops. The building is a thriving arts hub that is open to the public.
I get to spend two weeks on the Island working with the wonderful and incredibly giving Luis Jacob. I feel like I’m in paradise.
We Are Full Of Holes Thematic Residency Program with Luis Jacob Artscape Gibraltar Point Toronto, ON
September 20 – October 4, 2013
The world is made of holes. Our bodies are covered in them. Our eyes are holes, that enable us to see. Our mouths are holes, that form a passage between inside and outside. Our genitals are holes, that give us pleasure. I believe that works of art have an important relation to holes. Artworks point us to disturbing parts of our consciousness, those dark recesses within us that are rich like mines. Artworks create holes where there are none, disturbing our sense of reality and opening a can of worms. Artworks enable us to see; they allow passage between outside and inside; and they give us pleasure. We Are Full Of Holes will focus on several “case studies” of holes: various artworks, films and short texts will allow us collectively to explore the notion of holes. Beginning with a screening of Tsai Ming-liang’s 1998 film The Hole – a wonderfully absurd love story set in a run-down apartment in Taiwan — we will explore our artistic work from the perspective of the space of meaning that we open with it.
The Thematic Residency Program offers artists the opportunity to work independently with the mentorship of a visiting professional artist, curator or critic working in international contemporary art. For two weeks every month artists retreat to Artscape Gibraltar Point on Toronto Islands, which provides short-term accommodation and studio space for artists to research and develop their contemporary art practice. Thematic residencies explore various models including studio work, formal lectures, group discussion, peer collaboration and outdoor retreats. This direction allows individual residents to find common ground amongst each other’s disparate practices and establish new connections through communal dialogue.
Luis Jacob (BFA, 1996, University of Toronto) lives and works in Toronto, Ontario. Recent solo exhibitions include Show Your Wound (Galerie Max Mayer, Dusseldorf and Birch Libralato, Toronto) and Pictures At An Exhibition (Darling Foundry, Montreal); and group exhibitions Visible, Móvil, Vidente (Centro Párraga, Spain) and Oh, Canada (MASS MoCA, Massachusetts).
DIY (Visits Chicago): Photographers and Books Center for Book and Paper Arts Columbia College Chicago, IL
September 18 — December 7, 2013 Opening Reception: September 18, 5 – 8 pm In association with the Wabash Arts Cooridor (WAC) Crawl and Expo Art Week
The Center for Book and Paper Arts will mount a second iteration of an exhibition exploring print-on-demand photo books. Originally curated by Barbara Tannenbaum for the Cleveland Museum of Art, DIY: Photographers and Books (2012) was the first museum show to focus on the impact of print-on-demand publishing on contemporary photographic practice. This is a juried exhibition focused on photobooks that move beyond the monograph. How do photographers engage the book form in ways that are experimentally visual and conceptual, while pushing the possibilities of print on demand publishing?
Jury Greg Harris, Associate Curator, DePaul Art Museum Karen Irvine, Curator & Associate Director, Museum of Contemporary Photography Jessica Cochran, Curator of Exhibitions and Programs, Center for Book and Paper Arts Steve Woodall, Director, Center for Book and Paper Arts
Exhibiting Artists Rosaire Appel, Steven Beckly, Roberly Bell, Marissa Lee Benedict, Sarah Benning, Sarah Bodman, Tom Burtonwood, Javier Carmona, R. Clarke- Davis, Joerg M. Colberg, Sylvia De Swaan, Dennis DeHart, Robert Drea, Boo Gilder, Regan Golden, Marcella Hackbardt, Julian Jason Haladyn, Brian Harmon, Steve Harp, James Hugunin, Ani Katz, Nick Kline, Lewis Koch, Jenna Lynch, Emily Martin, Scott McCarney, Paula McCartney, Lydia Moyer, Laura Noel, David Parker, Mimi Plumb, Susan Porteous, Jeff Rathermel, Tom Sowden, Valerio Spada, Max Stolkin, Lex Thompson, Mary Jo Toles, Everett Williams, Nanette Wylde & Kent Manske, and Philip Zimmermann.
This exhibition is part of Chicago Artists Month 2013, the 18th annual celebration of Chicago’s vibrant art community presented by the Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events. For more information, visit www.chicagoartistsmonth.org.
In Your Pocket: What’s Your Sex? Videofag 187 Augusta Ave Kensington Market Toronto, ON
May 27, 2013 7 - 10 p.m.
Curated by Marcin Wisniewski
An intriguing and personal exploration of the immediacy and intimacy offered by the smart phone technology. Based around the ambiguous phrase “What’s Your Sex?”, the screening will present new works by Toronto-based artists Julian Calleros, Kiley May, and Mark Pariselli along with commissioned works by Steven Beckly, Aries Cheung, Beck Gilmer-Osborne, Coral Short, Clement Ng, Francisco Fernando-Gránados, Jesse Todd & Thom Emberton, Sarah D’Angelo, The Reading Salon, Grey Muldon, and Heath Daniels.
I’m participating in the One of a Kind Spring Show & Sale 2013 in Etsy Canada’s Emerging Talent section. The Etsy Section showcases 40 talented Etsy sellers who are all first time One of a Kind exhibitors in their own special artisans section. Along with prints, postcards, and books, I’ll have some limited edition risograph posters for sale. Come see me at the show!
Here is a coupon code to get $3 off your tickets if you purchase online.
Of the Afternoon Exhibition & Issue #2 Launch Underground Gallery London, UK
February 28, 2013 6 – 9 pm
Featuring work by: John Alexander Jocelyn Allen Steven Beckly Nicola Benford Anthony Gerace Johannes Gierlinger Bernhard Handick Hannah Laycock Chris Nunn Ross Rawlings Adele Reed Neringa Rekasiute Kristina Salgvik Satu Stoljarova Maria Sturm Hanna Ukura