At the Same Time is a self-published photography book by six artists: Steven Beckly and Dylan MacNeil (Toronto, Canada), Ted Kerr and Zachary Ayotte (Brooklyn, NY), and Colin Quinn and Oisín Share (Manchester, UK). Drawing and expanding on a variety of photographic traditions, the collaboration explores the nature and development of their romantic relationships from three different parts of the world. Private exchanges emerging from domestic, romantic, and sexual dimensions of their relationships are openly explored, uncovering a collection of personal narratives and intimate realities.
Geographically separated, the artists have developed independently, only to discover each other on Flickr, a photo-sharing website. The similarities in the subject matter and its treatment suggest something that exists beyond traditional borders. As the title suggests, the collection reveals a common stream of consciousness, a simultaneous creation. The collaboration documents and details the evolutions of their lives as couples over the past three years.
At the Same Time 62 pages, perfect bound, softcover 5.8” x 8.3” / 14.73 cm x 21.08 cm Published July 2012 Edition of 500
At the Same Time is a photography book by Zachary Ayotte, Steven Beckly, Ted Kerr, Dylan Macneil, Colin Quinn, and Oisín Share. Self-published by the artists, the collaboration explores the evolution of their personal romantic relationships as couples over the past three years.
At the Same Time includes 65 colour images by the six artists, and features essays by AA Bronson, Paul Mgapi Sepuya, and Sholem Krishtalka.
At The Same Time reminds me of shared writing, of epistolary novels, of narratives told in letters between lovers. […] These are lovers writing between and for each other, as well as in exchange with other lovers. They hover around each other in a narrative of self-conscious description and revision, for anyone who so wishes to follow. — excerpt from Timeline by Paul Mpagi Sepuya
Surely this beauty, this image of male beauty gazing, is the image of our desire, of our love for another, of another’s love for us. This tenderness, the tenderness we can find nowhere else, is the sweet touch of the gaze, the touch of this boyish trusting glance upon manliness, upon our manliness, reflected in another’s eyes, entangled limbs, two bodies touching. — excerpt from This Trusting Glance by AA Bronson
These works are about ampersands, tying yourself to someone: the giddy process of mutually creating that ampersand, of putting all hands on the same marker and slowly drawing the upward slope, the top loop, the bottom curve – together; the slow, awkward process of living in those slopes and loops and curves, exploring their comforts and wrestling with their crosses and knots… — excerpt from Notes on & by Sholem Krishtalka
We’ll try our best to include some bonus surprises for all pre-orders. :)
NOTE: All orders will be shipped after our book launch on August 10th at the Canadian Lesbian & Gay Archives in Toronto, Canada. If you plan to pick up your copy in person on August 10th, please email me before you purchase: stevenbeckly[at]gmail.com
OPENING RECEPTION and BOOK LAUNCH Friday August 10, 7:30 – 10 pm | RSVP CURATOR’S TOUR Saturday August 11, 2 pm | RSVP TIES THAT BIND: A Reading with Sarah Schulman, Farzana Doctor, and Shani Mootoo Saturday August 11, 4 pm | RSVP
EXHIBITION DATES August 10 – September 22, 2012
CANADIAN LESBIAN & GAY ARCHIVES 34 Isabella St. Toronto, ON
Drawing and expanding on a variety of photographic traditions, At the Same Time features the work of six artists: Steven Beckly and Dylan MacNeil (Toronto, ON), Ted Kerr and Zachary Ayotte (Brooklyn, NY), and Colin Quinn and Oisín Share(Manchester, UK), who simultaneously explore the nature and development of their romantic relationships from three different parts of the world. Private exchanges emerging from domestic, romantic, and sexual dimensions of their relationships are openly explored, uncovering a collection of personal narratives and intimate realities.
The exhibition includes a book launch for the publication of the same name. At the Same Time includes 65 colour images by the six artists, and essays by AA Bronson, Paul Mgapi Sepuya, and Sholem Krishtalka. Artists will be present during the opening to sign copies. Available for purchase at the CLGA, and online at: http://atthesametime.bigcartel.com/product/at-the-same-time-book
First peek at our book proofs! Three weeks until our book launch and exhibition in Toronto. Stay tuned for details on how you can get a copy. We’ve worked so hard on this, and we’re excited to finally share this with everyone!
That’s So Gay: Girls Who Are Boys Who Do Boys Like They’re Girls Gladstone Hotel 3rd & 4th floor Galleries Toronto, ON
June 6 – July 29, 12 – 5 pm daily Opening reception: Thursday June 28, 7 – 10 pm
Curated by Sholem Krishtalka
Featuring work by: Steven Beckly, Sol Legaults, Cecilia Berkovic, Johnny Forever, Hannah Jickling & Helen Reed, Kyle Lasky, Elisha Lim, Mikiki, Benny Nemerofsky Ramsay, Andrew Zealley
Curatorial Statement Pride exhibits stereotypically involve representations of desire – men make art about male desire, women make art about female desire. In keeping with my ongoing project of using the That’s So Gay exhibit to expand on what Pride shows can be, and to use them to push and prod and stretch what “queer” can mean, I want to challenge that initial premise, and have male artists show work about women, and vice versa. This simplistic binary system itself raises an obvious and important issue: “man” and “woman” as gender identities, much less sexual object choices, are in and of themselves extremely complex, problematic and fluid. And an essential part of a queer life is the challenging and disruption of these categories.
I want to introduce this binary in order to demonstrate its overly-simplistic falseness. I want to disrupt the stereotypical representation of sexual-object-choice; I want to open up those binaries to free interpretation by the artists; I want to show artists who themselves identify somewhere in the huge spectrum that exists between these binaries, and whose work will thusly interpret gender and desire freely and openly. -Sholem Krishtalka
“Collected” is a new zine to accompany the MIND-THOUGHTS tumblr, featuring work from over 20 great artists like Ryan Pfluger, Quinnford+Scout, Steven Beckly, and plenty more friends and favorites. I’m excited to finally share it with everyone!
There’s a special $10 pre-sale featuring a limited pin set with work by Johnathan Roberts & Sohail Akhavein.