As the sun moves through the sky, the green and purple lenses of Ryan Van Der Hout’s ‘Chromatica’ capture the light and cast colourful shadows. Van Der Hout’s powder-coated steel sculptures were inspired by their work as a professional photographer. This compelling modernist piece features five hand forged black steel poles that fan out from the center and are top and tailed with five disks of framed glass. Their vision was to create pieces infused with light and motion. As a result, the sculpture is best viewed by walking around it.
“Effecting something of a kaleidoscopic eye, the sculpture’s lenses interact with sunlight and with each other to combine colours in surprising and delightful ways.” Ryan Van Der Hout
An interdisciplinary artist Van Der Hout’s work focuses on ‘navigating stages of being such as grief, undoing and queer becoming.’ They have a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Photography from Metropolitan University and have been supported by the Ontario Arts Council. Van Der Hout’s work has been widely published in The Huffington Post, Vogue Italia, Fortune Magazine, Larry’s List, CBC and Readers Digest and PhotoEd magazine. Their photo-based work was part of the AGO’s Collector’s series and has been exhibited in the U.K., New York and in Canada. They have created public art for the Toronto Archives, The TTC, Nuit Blanche in Toronto and Pemberton Developments. Van Der Hout is currently an MFA Fine Arts candidate at Parsons, the New School in New York City.