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Central to my practice is the oft-unacknowledged, but constant, influence of architecture on our mood and behavior. Using strategies of architectural scale with slowness, subtlety, and material shifts, my video and sculptural installations create embodied encounters with space that unfurl over time.

Coming from a sculpture background but working with video, I am interested in the spatial potential of the moving image to incite movement and envelop the viewer. Through the use of angled forms, images, and the space itself, I create encounters that require active viewing. My aim is for my work to engage physically, optically, and conceptually, hailing us to our perception of time and space.


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. 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, Paris, and Berlin. She has exhibited at The Power Plant, The Whitney Museum of American Art, Prefix ICA, Southern Alberta Art Gallery, The Textile Museum of Canada and Olga Korper Gallery among others. 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.

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