Ryland Fortie

In the basement of 780 blanchard, an Art Deco Style office building built in 1949, The Vault gallery is found within a concrete chamber that was once a map vault for the BC Power Commission. I [Fortie] was inspired by its cave-like resonance, and wanted to bring sound into the reverberating space.   

The sound of rushing water emanates from within a rain barrel. Another barrel has a spine-like form rising from it. Vapour rises from a dish on driftwood legs. Each work is lit by an anamistic work-light, saturating the space in yellow. There is an atmosphere reminiscent of a laboratory. Inspired by erosion, the sculptures both reference the processes found in the natural world, but also in the creation of the spine sculpture itself. The title, Monomer, refers to molecular building blocks that make up the complex structures of any creation.

Erosion is regenerative.

A flux between becoming particles of information, and preserved

crystalised units,




and geologies.




These formations appear to reveal the skeleton or internal structure, fossilized from a thousand-



insides or labyrinth.



Between each nothing,


the atmosphere becomes


and cluttered.

But new






of new


rely upon a mess.

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