Casting an intimate gaze on the erotic realm, this workshop invites participants to consider the roles of pleasure, sensuality and eroticism in their everyday lives. Drawing from a range of contemporary image-based practices, artist Steven Beckly will demonstrate various ways of shaping the erotic through image, object and encounter. Attending to the nuances and subtleties of the everyday, we will look at aesthetic strategies, including materiality, installation, and collaboration, that can expand our understanding of the erotic. Probing the erotic image as a radical space of meaning, we will uncover and explore the complexities emerging from visual representation, desire, beauty and power.
Steven Beckly is a Chinese artist who works with photography, sculpture and installation. Recent solo exhibitions include “Lightbringer” at Stride Gallery, Calgary; “The heart can’t wait” at Daniel Faria Gallery, Toronto; and “Love S.O.S.” at Centre3, Hamilton. Beckly’s work has been featured in exhibitions at the Remai Modern, Saskatoon; The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston; and the Musée d’art contemporain de Montréal. Based in Tkaronto/Toronto, Beckly is represented by Daniel Faria Gallery.