Window 33: Steven Beckly, until August 30


Location: Artspace Building, corner of Bannatyne @ Arthur [sidewalk level]

window is please to present our thirty-third installation, Come to My Window (2016) by Steven Beckly, on view until August 30th.

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 award-winning song by American singer-songwriter 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 in Winnipeg's historic Exchange District, the work 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 Artspace Building, Beckly's image becomes a public invitation to engage these openings as sites for social connection.

*Come to My Window was first exhibited on Artscape Youngplace's Billboard on Shaw in Toronto from September of 2016 to January of 2017, curated by Matthew Kyba for Critical Distance Centre for Curators.

Steven Beckly is a Toronto-based artist. Cultivating a poetics of desire, his work explores the epistemology of intimacy and its value in our increasingly interconnected lives. He received his MFA from the University of Guelph.