Van Der Hout

Dark Waters

September 29 - November 9, 2018

The last century has been a golden age of water: a world where you can consistently turn on the tap and find clean, fresh water coming out in any Western city. With global climate change, this expectation is becoming less certain. Draughts, contamination, and flooding in places like Los Angeles, Flint, and Cape Town have pushed our ability to receive water to the limit.

Dark Waters is a series of images of water and clouds looking at our hand in commodifying and altering nature. Using a laser cutter, Van Der Hout burns holes into the photograph and mirrors, allowing certain portions of the image to remain and others to fall away. He is interested in the process of creation through destruction.

The destruction of the photographs becomes a metaphor for our incursions into nature. The incursions into the photograph feel natural and organic in some places and repetitive and mechanical in others, mirroring the tension between the seemingly natural and the manufactured landscape.

The installation will also contain a video piece of multiple images of water crashing inside an oil drum; looking at the commodification of water.


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.

Ryan has an ongoing documentary project focused on artistic process and studio space. This work has been widely published including The Huffington Post, and Readers Digest.

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. His work has been supported by the Ontario Arts Council and awarded the Emerging Artist Award by the Robert McLaughlin Gallery. He's a graduate of Ryerson's photography program.

Opening Night (Concurrent with Toronto’s Nuit Blanche)
Saturday, September 29th, 2018 6:00 PM - Sunday, September 30th, 2018 6:00 AM