Lyla Rye

Lyla Rye is a Toronto-based artist who began her studies in architecture. She works in installation, sculpture, video and photography to explore our experience of architectural space. Her work engages the viewer physically, optically, and conceptually, calling attention to our perception of time and space.  Rye studied at the University of Waterloo, York University and the San Francisco Art Institute. For over 30 years her work has been exhibited in galleries and screenings across Canada and internationally including New York, San Francisco, Adelaide, Auckland, Buffalo, Paris, and Berlin. She has exhibited at The Power Plant, The Whitney Museum of American Art, Southern Alberta Art Gallery, The Textile Museum of Canada and most recently as part of the Karachi Biennale in Pakistan.  She has work in the public collections of the Art Gallery of Nova Scotia, York University, Cadillac Fairview Corporation, The Tom Thomson Art Gallery, The Robert McLaughlin Gallery and as part of Ways of Something at The Whitney Museum of American Art, NY. Her solo exhibition, Mirage, was recently presented at Prefix ICA in Toronto. She has received numerous grants from the Canada Council for the Arts, the Ontario Arts Council and the Toronto Arts Council. Rye has done residencies in Berlin, Quebec City, Shelburne and at the Banff Centre for the Arts.   

Image: Lyla Rye, A Meditation, 2019. Video still. Courtesy of the artist and Prefix Institute of Contemporary Art (Toronto). 

EXHIBITION: Erratic Room

November 19, 2013 - December 19, 2013

Featuring an immersive video installation and new limited edition photo series by Lyla Rye, Erratic Room is an exploration into spatial perception and its often hidden physical and psychological effects. Simultaneously delimiting and expanding the boundaries of the space it occupies, Erratic Room begets a similarly confounding effect upon our imaginations and memories. From our cloistered vantage point within the darkened room, the enveloping projections assume the form and function of apparitional windows on an unsettled world.

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