Sep 15 - 25
Inspired by the space-age design and utopian architecture of Ontario Place, Toronto-based artist Lyla Rye’s Overshadow looks to the night sky as a beacon of futurity. Reimagining the silos as observatories and the Cinesphere’s iconic dome as a planet, Rye uses a projection on the ceiling of a silo to create the illusion we are looking out at some strange eclipse. Featuring cell-phone footage of contemporary life shot by the artist’s daughter, the illusion of the eclipse layers the celestial and the everyday, reflecting on the scale of human experience. With a wash of the present cycling across an image of the Cinesphere pursuing a planet-like rotation, Overshadow attests to the optimism and inventiveness of Ontario Place’s initial development, and suggests a sense that the initial promises embodied by the site still linger.
Composer: Nik Beeson
The artist wishes to acknowledge the support of the Ontario Arts Council, York University and especially her daughter.
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. She received a BFA from York University and an MFA from the San Francisco Art Institute. For over 20 years her work has been exhibited in galleries across Canada and internationally including San Francisco, New York, Adelaide (Australia), Paris, and Berlin. She has exhibited at The Power Plant, 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 an Artist Garden at Harbourfront Centre, Toronto. She has founded and exhibited with a number of collectives including NetherMind, 5 things, The Tree Museum, hic and Persona Volare. She has exhibited at Youngspace in Art School Dismissed in 2010 and at Typology Projects in 2013. Lyla Rye is represented by General Hardware Contemporary in Toronto.