Photography by Ryan Van Der Hout
March 13, 2018
Double circle Laser Cut C-Print with Neon Acrylic and Two Way Mirror
Dark Waters is a series of images of water, clouds and trees looking at mankind's hand in commodifying and altering nature. Using a laser cutter, I burn holes into the photograph, trying to see how far I can destroy the physical structure of the photograph before it falls apart.
Before the Storm 2017 16 x 16 in
The inspiration for this series emerged from the technological process itself. I’ve always experimented with different photographic processes, and was interested in applying laser cutting to photography.
Red Rock 2017
Under the Surface
Smoke Mou ntain Laser Cut C print on Neon Acrylic with Mirror
Submerged Pgiment Print of destroyed negatives
Traces pigment print of destroyed negatives
In choosing the subject matter, I was interested in the parallels between the destruction of the photograph and that of nature. With draughts, contamination, and flooding in places like Los Angeles, Flint, and Manitoba, we have pushed our ability to receive water to the limit – challenging our assumption that we can turn on the tap and find clean, fresh water coming out in any Western city.
Quarried Water 15 Laser Pigment Prints
Quarried Book Laser Cut Book
Ryan's work has been exhibited across Canada, the U.K. and in New York, most notably as part of the AGO’s Collector’s series, as a featured Contact exhibition and in Flash Forward.
Bio: Ryan Van Der Hout is a photo-based artist working in Toronto. His work explores photographic materials and experimental processes. His most recent work investigates the relationship between photography and technology using laser cutters and CNC machines..
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