Photo By Bruna Rico

A keen interest in surface and process is the bond that ties Van Der Hout’s work together. Inspired by the Dadaists, Van Der Hout inserts his work into a history of photography based in the medium’s self-reflexive relationship to form, process, and experimentation, rather than in its ability to document the world.

Conceiving of the photograph as something sculptural, Van Der Hout seeks to create photography that escapes the frame and challenges our notion of what a photograph can and cannot be. 

Questioning and representing photography’s relationship to time, history, death and decay, the artist matches technical investigations of process with larger processes such as Nature and History. 

A constant preoccupation in Van Der Hout’s work is the close, generative, and dialectic relationship between destruction and creation. The artist often works with lasers, which he regards as a kind of printer in its own right—creating with light—to capture the photographic surface in the moment before it falls apart.

By creating memento moris that both reference and scramble touchstone symbols of art history and personal histories, what emerges are surrealist tableaus and ahistorical portraits about memory and its distortions. Van Der Hout captures new worlds built out of neglected memories and decaying images and objects. Rather than images of loss, Van Der Hout imagines beauty and regeneration in scenes that are ever haunted by past forms. 

Ryan Van Der Hout is an experimental photographer and sculptor based in Toronto. With an emphasis on process rather than representation, Van Der Hout’s artwork considers how technology relates to and recontextualizes the photographed object. 

In his cross-disciplinary practice, Van Der Hout references art history and raises questions about medium, often making photography about sculpture and sculpture about photography. Van Der Hout’s recent sculptural and installation work continues the artist’s investigation of photographic preoccupations such as light and motion. 

Van Der Hout’s recent photography series Collecting Dust (2021 - present) explores the major themes of history and time. Placing canonical symbols next to personal objects to create still lives that are covered in layers of dust decay, he constructs surrealist tableaus about destruction as a form of creation. Traversing in the classic still life’s vernacular of loss, Van Der Hout pulls objects out of their situatedness in time to imagine ahistorical scenes of looking back. 

The artist’s series Dark Waters (2015 - present) investigates technology’s relation to destruction and decay by using a laser cutter to capture images of nature as they burn away, simultaneously destroying and preserving his subject matter in the photographic act. 

Van Der Hout’s work has been widely featured in publications including The Huffington Post, Vogue Italia, CBC and Reader’s Digest. He has exhibited across Canada, The United Kingdom, and New York, most notably in the Art Gallery of Ontario’s Collectors Series, as part of a Scotiabank CONTACT Photography Festival featured exhibitiosn, and in The Magenta Foundation’s Flash Forward festival. He has created public art for the Toronto Archives, The TTC, Nuit Blanche and Pemberton Developments. Van Der Hout was awarded the Emerging Artist Award by the Robert McLaughlin Gallery, and has been supported by the Ontario Arts Council. He has a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Photography from Ryerson University. 





About

Bio

Artist Statement

CV

Representation

Oeno Gallery - Prince Edward County


Education

BFA with Honours, Image Arts– Photography, Ryerson University, Toronto, April 2009 


Solo and Collaborative Exhibitions

Fire + Dust, United Contemporary, Toronto, June 2021


Dark Waters, Double Happiness Projects, Toronto, September 29 - November 18, 2018



Dark Waters, Robert Mclaughlin Gallery, Oshawa, Ontario, June 04 - September 23 2018



Surface Tension Installation, Doors Open Toronto, Toronto Archives, May 28 2016



Surface Tension, Featured Contact Festival Show, Hashtag Gallery, Toronto, May 2016 



(e)femora, Eleanor Winters Art Gallery, York University, Toronto, 2011



Light Objects, Lonsdale Gallery, Toronto, May 26-June 26 2010 


Light and Objecthood, Ryerson Gallery, Toronto, January 2010



Icons, Latcham Gallery, Markham, Ontario, November 2009



Light Compositions, Art Mur, Montreal, Quebec, September 16- October 6, 2009



Icons, Gallery Karozene, Montreal, Quebec, May 5-30, 2009

Icons, Engine Gallery, Toronto, April 1-17, 2008



Vanitas and the Death of the Darkroom: Photograms by Ryan Van Der Hout, Engine Gallery, Toronto, May 7-30, 2007



Selected Group Exhibitions

Photorama, Gallery TPW, Toronto On, November 2021

We Like Small Things, Filter Photo, Chicago Il, October 2021

Black And White, Site Brooklyn, Brooklyn NY and Online, July 2021

Oeno Sculpture Garden, Prince Edward County, Ontario, 2021

Winter Tonic, Oeno Gallery, Prince Edward County, Ontario, Winter 2019-2020



Grow Op, Gladstone Hotel, Toronto, April 2019



Carmichael Canadian Landscape Exhibition, Orillia Museum of Art, September-November 2018



Grow Op, Gladstone Hotel, Toronto, April 2018 



Salon 44, Gallery 44, Toronto, March 2017



Flash Forward, Division Gallery, Toronto, October 2016



Utopia: Dystopia, Walcot Chapel Gallery, Bath, England, May-June 2016



Come Together, Curated by Barbara Astman, Propeller Gallery, Toronto, May 2016



Supernova, No Vacancy (one night installation art festival), Burlington Ontario, September 2015 



Actinic, Stills Scotland’s Centre for Photography, Edinburgh, Scotland, July 2015 



Tra-Digital, Elsie Whitley Innovation Centre, West Yorkshire, England, June 2015 



Spotlight on the Collection, University of New Brunswick Art Centre, January 2015



Nuit Blanche: Public Installation, Ryerson University,  Toronto, September 29, 2009



Altered Realities, Agora Gallery, New York, NY, November 19- December 12, 2008 



Nuit Blanche: Engine Gallery, Toronto, September 29, 2007 



Young Artists Showcase: Queen West Art Crawl, Gladstone Hotel, Toronto, September 15-17, 2005



Emerging Visions, Hangman Gallery, Toronto, May 1-31, 2005





Press and Publications


Fortune Magazine, 50 most influential people in NFT's, July 2021

DArt, Fire + Dust, july 2021

ArToronto, Fire + Dust, July 2021

Vogue Italia, PhotoVogue, 2020



Blog TO, A Streetcar Named Toronto, 2019



CTV, Toronto is Sending Off Its Old Streetcars in Style, 2019



Narcity, You Can Hop Aboard A Psychedelic Streetcar in Toronto This Fall, 2019



CBC, Catching Toronto's Famed Streetcar...Before It's Gone for Good, 2019



Flash Forward, Magenta Foundation, 2018



Toronto Life, Grow Op Highlights, 2018



Flash Forward, Magenta Foundation, 2016



Art Local, Stephanie from Art Bitch Interviews Ryan Van Der Hout, April 22, 2014



CTV Morning News, A tour of “The Collector Series” exhibition, November 30, 2011



Fashion Television, A look at “The Collector Series” exhibition, December 2011, 

Jeanne Beker

“Jeanne Beker Strips her Walls for the AGO”, Toronto Star, November 30, 2011



Andrea Carson, “Artist Spotlight”, VOCA, June 2010

“

Art is Spectrum: The Chelsea Perspective” (bi-annual publication), Vol. 20, ed. Angela Di Bello, November 2008, pp. 55



Rolyn Chambers. “Deep Dish”, FAB Magazine, Issue 316, March 2007



Collections

Streetcar Museum



Library of the AGO



Montreal Planetarium



Art Centre, University of New Brunswick



Pierre and Anne-Marie Trahan (Arsenal)



Jeanne Beker



Art Fairs

Charlie James Gallery, LA, Art Toronto 2018



Oeno Gallery, Prince Edward County, Art Toronto 2018



Oeno Gallery, Prince Edward County, Art Toronto 2017



Engine Gallery, Toronto, Art Toronto 2008



Engine Gallery, Toronto, Art Toronto 2007

Talks

Artist Talks

Robert Mclaughlin Gallery, 2018 



Cut, Scratch, Fold. Gallery 44, 2016



Hashtag Gallery: Artist Talk with AGM Curator, Kendra Ainsworth



Panel on alternative process photography, Lonsdale Gallery 2015



Ryerson Gallery: Artist Talk 2010



Liquid Lunch: That Channel 2010



Public Art

Our Streetcar, Toronto Transit Commission, Toronto, 2018



Space and Time : Pemberton Developments, Toronto, 2018



Auctions
Snap Live Auction, Toronto Reference Library, Toronto, March 2020



Snap Live Auction, Toronto Reference Library, Toronto, March 2018



Snap Live Auction, Canadian Ballet Academy, Toronto, March 4, 2007