Phantom Eye

April 1, 2023 - March 1, 2024

BC Hydro Dal Grauer Substation
944 Burrard Street
Vancouver, BC

Curated by Emmy Lee Wall, Capture Photography Festival

Steven Beckly’s work uses light, the human body, and material manipulation to explore what he calls the “continuum of intimacy” – whether with ourselves, others, or the world around us. Phantom Eye, Beckly’s site-specific installation for the façade of the Dal Grauer Substation, was inspired by news images documenting the so-called “eye of fire” that, according to petroleum company Pemex, resulted when lightning struck gas leaking from an underwater pipeline in the Gulf of Mexico in 2021. Beckly was awestruck by this environmental disaster and the ensuing viral images that seemed to document the impossible: fire burning on water.

In translating the idea of an “eye of fire” into an artwork, Beckly layered an image of an eye and a NASA image of Phantom Galaxy M74, merging the human with the cosmic and suggesting our inextricable relationship with the natural world that surrounds us. In depicting a human eye at this monumental scale, Beckly also invites a meditation on the possibility that art presents, when looking carefully and deeply, to experience an awakening.

Capture Photography Festival annually commissions artists to create new site-specific works to be installed on the Dal Grauer Substation’s façade. Drawing on the building itself, these projects temporarily emphasize the substation in the streetscape and reassert it as an architectural icon.


Carnation Zine Presents Volume 2 - Pleasure

Carnation Zine: Artists and Writers Address Displacement and Diaspora

Volume 2 – Pleasure
9″ x 10.5″
116 pages
100lb gloss, full colour
Perfect binding

For our first themed volume, Pleasure, we have gathered artwork and texts by BIPOC creators demonstrating joy, desire, and intimacy. These are acts of defiance. They are acts of time travel; sentimentality; criticality. As responses to lived experiences of diaspora and displacement, these artworks and writings carve a space to ruminate, to return, and to lean into the sweet, erotic, and dissident undertones of what it means to extend oneself in the pursuit of pleasure.

Contributors: Adrienne Yeung, Bishara Elmi, Caitlin Taguibao, Cassandra “Chuck” Cochrane, Cheyenne Rain LeGrande ᑭᒥᐊᐧᐣ, Chiamaka Barbara Ukwuegbu, Cilla, Ekene Emeka-Maduka, Faith Paré, Florence Yee & Arezu Salamzadeh, Hagere Selam “shimby” Zegeye-Gebrehiwot, Hema Krueger Vyas, Janell Henry, Lacie Burning, Marissa Sean Cruz, Megan Wray, Nawang Tsomo, Nour Abi-Nakhoul, Nyda Kwasowsky, Olivia Klevorn, Preston Pavlis, Raiyan Syeda, Sabrina Sukhdeo, Steven Beckly, Vanessa Anakwudwabisayquay, Susan Cook, Whess Harman, Wren Tian-Morris 天琳琳, Yaimel Lopez.

Foreword address: Jas M. Morgan

Copy editor: Juilee Raje

Editors: Christina Hajjar, Luther Konadu, and Mariana Muñoz Gomez


Photography is Hard

August 7 - September 25, 2021

Daniel Faria Gallery is pleased to present Photography is Hard, featuring works by Steven Beckly, Nadia Belerique, Shannon Bool, Chris Curreri and Elizabeth Zvonar.

This exhibition brings together works that bear evidence of their making: a photograph is rephotographed, a camera part ends up in the frame, a subject is illuminated by an artificial flash, collaged images reveal their artifice through their construction. But in an exhibition that is seemingly about the mechanics of a medium, the body presses in. The body haunts. In the works on view, bodies merge with their surroundings: the studio, public architecture, domestic interiors. Sometimes fleshy and sometimes devoid of flesh entirely, they are reflections and shadows and outlines, and they are also devices through which to see other things.


Gallery TPW Launches Silver Editions 2021

Gallery TPW is delighted to launch the 15th anniversary of Silver Editions. To mark this special occasion, this year’s portfolio features an exciting collection of four works by Steven Beckly, Jason de Haan, Brendan George Ko and Isabel M. Martínez. Each artwork has been selected in collaboration between the artists and Gallery TPW to spark joy and curiosity.

Silver Editions provides art lovers and collectors alike with a rare opportunity to acquire a set of affordable, carefully curated prints. Sales from Silver Editions have an immediate impact at Gallery TPW, supporting our charitable mandate of exhibiting underrepresented artistic and curatorial practices that push the boundaries of lens-based work.