Stev'nn Hall


"Born in a scrap of a small town in rural Ontario where the road runs rough, Hall was raised by a mother with a dash of wanderlust and a father with a shot of whiskey.  His early identity was both grounded in and took flight from those places.  Hall eventually studied film production in Montreal at Concordia University in 1990 and then worked as an award-winning television promo producer in Toronto.  Still, memories of his past remained as a riddle meant to be puzzled out if not solved.

Hall's photo-based images are part of his effort to re-engage and revalue his early experience, to travel old roads but in a different direction.  Through looking back Hall finds his way forward.  There is a purposeful feeling of motion in the work, a cinematic unspooling of awareness. As Hall explains: I take many of my photographs from moving vehicles sometimes a train, sometimes a car.  It's part of the re-creation of my childhood experience of traveling in the backseat, staring out the window, driving along the backroads, past the fields and skies and neighbor's houses.  I like the feeling of movement in the work as though it was happening, as if the still photograph was still in play.

The photos themselves feel spellbound and are bled through with the ambient light of 1970's cheap camera photography. Hall then roughs up the work with sharp brushstrokes and personal scratchings which connect the images to more private associations.  The surface resin mimics the feel of looking at the world through an old car window, inviting the viewer to draw close yet still keeping us at a remove." 

Solo Exhibitions
2012   Manifest Solo, Pentimento Gallery, Toronto
2009   Muse Gallery, Toronto
2009   Jacana Gallery, Vancouver
2006   International Aids Convention, Toronto Convention Centre, Toronto
Group Exhibitions
2010    Winter, Elliott Louis Gallery, Vancouver
2009    Summer Love, Elliot Louis Gallery, Vancouver, BC
2009    Contact Photography Festival, Art Square Gallery, Toronto
2008    Terence Robert Gallery, Ottawa
2008    Pi Fine Arts, Toronto
2008    Edwards Day Gallery, Toronto
2008    Whodunnit Art Auction, OCAD, Toronto
2008    Canvas Gallery, Toronto
2008    Toronto Outdoor Art Exhibition, Toronto
2008    Riverdale Artwalk, Toronto
2007    Little Art Show, Riverdale Artist Network charity auction, Toronto
2005    Artsweek, 401 Richmond Building, Toronto
2005    Queenwest Artcrawl, Toronto
2004    Alley Jaunt, Queen West art walk, Toronto