Lyla Rye Toronto, ON


Plastic building blocks

Location: Debates Room; window and door installation

I am exploring the history of inclusion and exclusion at Hart House. Despite being a men's only space until 1972, the Debates Room became a library for British children during WWII. Now the space is used for many purposes including Debates and Muslim prayer once a week. Using building blocks I have created patterned filters / barriers between the inside and outside of the space. The patterns simultaneously evoke Western stained glass and Islamic screens.

Lyla Rye received her BFA from York University in 1989 and her MFA from the San Francisco Art Institute in 1994. She was a founding member of the Toronto collective Nether Mind which exhibited from 1991-1995. Solo exhibitions include the Women's Art Resource Centre, the Robert Birch Gallery, the Glendon Gallery and the Koffler Loggia Gallery in Toronto and the Southern Exposure Gallery in San Francisco. She has participated in group exhibitions across Canada and in the U.S. including Threshold at the Power Plant and Duke-u-menta above the Duke of Connaught Tavern in Toronto; and Temporalite in an unused women's prison for La Chambre Blanche in Quebec City. Recent solo exhibitions by Rye include Eye Level Gallery in Halifax, Grimsby Public Art Gallery, Cambridge Galleries and YYZ. Rye is member of the Persona Volare collective.

Lyla Rye would like to thank for their generous support.

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