Lyla Rye: Illusion’s Obstacles

Lyla Rye, A Meditation (detail), 2019, three-channel HD video installation (22 minutes, 30 seconds). Courtesy of the artist.

Lyla Rye
Illusion’s Obstacles

March 21 – July 3, 2022
Cambridge Art Galleries, Queen’s Square

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Central to Lyla Rye’s 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, her installations create embodied encounters with space that unfurl over time. Alongside Rye’s immersive three-channel video installation, A Meditation, this exhibition presents three recent series in embroidery, collage, and video animation that explore various modes of representation to reveal when illusions of space break down.

A Meditation features audio by Debashis Sinha.

The artist would like to thank the following individuals for their assistance on the body of work presented in Illusion’s Obstacles: Walker Akhlaghi, Bhreagh Campbell, Aurelie Collings, Lisa Cristinzo, John Dickson, Holly Dunlap, Corinna Ghaznavi, Emma Goudie, Catherine Heard, Lee Henderson, Niloufar Hosseinkhani, Jacquie Jacobs, Pam Joyner, Anna Lefsrud, Yifan Liu, Anthony Magnani, Shelley McEwen, Pam Patterson, Leena Raudvee, Heather Riley, Lena Rye, Ellen Samler, Rachel Sekler, Claire Stewart, Lulu Turnbull, Ellen Gould Ventura, Nava Waxman, Termeh Yeghiazarian.

The artist would like to acknowledge the generous support of the Canada Council for the Arts and the Ontario Arts Council.


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