video installations
January 14 – February 4, 2017

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Are Closer Than
Back gallery space
In the installation, Are Closer Than, the meditative flutter of a pillowcase is occasionally interrupted by cellphone videos taken by Rye’s daughter that are colourful, loud and seize attention. This footage rakes along the side wall, distorting into pure colour and pattern, as an intrusion into the seriousness of the hospital footage. Time is experienced in two very different ways, pulling the viewer in and out of differing states of mind.

In The Project Space
This single channel video allows the viewer to fully enter the slow pace of major life transitions.  The image of an institutional space is seen slightly askew, as if viewed from a reclining position. The passage of time is reinforced by the image of a clock, yet time seems to pass with less than uniform regularity. Eventually, a hint to the specific context is given before the loop begins again.

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. Using angled forms, images, and the space itself, she creates encounters that require active viewing. Whether sculptural or video-based, the installations engage physically, optically, and conceptually, hailing us to our perception of time and space.

Rye 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 Whitney Museum of American Art, The Power Plant, Southern Alberta Art Gallery, the Textile Museum of Canada and Olga Korper Gallery among others. Her work is included in collections such as The Art Gallery of Nova Scotia, York University, Cadillac Fairview Corporation, Tom Thomson Art Gallery and The Robert McLaughlin Gallery. She has founded and exhibited with a number of collectives including NetherMind, 5 things, hic and Persona Volare.






January 14 – February 4, 2017
Installation of watercolours as exhibited at the AGO
main gallery space

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Bell’s “History Painting” series was initially exhibited in 2003 at the Art Gallery of Ontario at the beginning of a 10 year project of daily watercolour paintings, 356 works were exhibited.

Canadian artist Mark Crofton Bell is recognized for his oil paintings and site specific mural works which often resemble his watercolour works on paper. From 2001- 2011 he created a series of daily watercolour paintings based on images that he found in newspapers. They were painted on 9”x 12” paper in black and white or colour depending on the original source image and of a scale similar to that of the original. Each one is titled according to the date of the newspaper in which the source image was found. Over a period of 10 years approximately 2000 watercolours were created.

Bell is interested in how the narrative of the original photograph shifts once it’s translated into a painting. Despite his attempts at accuracy, there are inevitable imperfections inherent in his translation process, imperfections that are a result of allowing the paint to dictate as much as possible the outcome of the final image. The unforgiving nature of watercolour tends to exacerbate this (mis)translation process resulting in paintings that, although similar to the original source material, remain independent of it. Seen as a whole this series of paintings takes on a narrative and a meaning all its own.

Mark Crofton Bell completed his undergraduate studies at OCAD University and received his Masters of Fine Art from Chelsea College of Art in London, UK. He has exhibited extensively across Canada and internationally in artist run centres and galleries including solo exhibitions at The Art Gallery of Ontario and Mercer Union. Bell has also exhibited at Paul Petro Gallery and Jessica Bradley Gallery. He is the recipient of grants and awards from the Toronto Friends of Visual Arts, Canada Council for the Visual Arts, Toronto Arts Council and Ontario Arts Council. His exhibitions have been reviewed in Canadian Art Magazine, The Globe and Mail, The National Post, Border Crossings Magazine and The Toronto Star. Bell is one of the founding members of the artist collective Painting Disorders.


A small sketch book from 1864 by painter Marmaduke Matthews (1837 – 1913) will also be included in the exhibition. Matthews, originally from Britain, settled in Toronto in 1860. He was notable for playing a founding role in the Ontario Society of Artists and the Royal Canadian Academy of Arts as a watercolour painter. In Toronto, he is affectionately remembered as the creator of Wychwood Park. It was founded as an artists colony in the late nineteenth century as a private project by painter Marmaduke Matthews and Alexander Jardin.

Matthews’ work is represented in several noteworthy collections such as The National Gallery of Canada, The Art Gallery of Ontario, The B.C. Archives, the Royal Ontario Museum and The Glenbow Museum.

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