Governor General’s Awards in Visual and Media Arts

Wyn Geleynse Media artist

Wyn Geleynse on compulsion and documenting the human experience

A film by Ross Turnbull

"He has created a space for the use of the technological that simplifies, opens, and allows for a generous and disarming honesty."

“Wyn Geleynse’s practice is one of a restless tinkerer, someone who is endlessly experimenting with techniques both ancient and on the leading edge of the latest technology….

In his hands, a projector and its mechanisms becomes interlocutor, a piece of glass becomes an evanescent wisp of poignant memory, his own figure is not only self-portrait but is also a steadfast protagonist, desperately yet resolutely facing trials and challenges on behalf of himself and, more importantly, on behalf of us. He has created a space for the use of the technological that simplifies, opens, and allows for a generous and disarming honesty.”

- Paul Walde (University of Victoria) and Andrew Wright (University of Ottawa), Artists, Associate Professors (co-nominators)

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Selected works

Wyn Geleynse, In The Privacy Of Your Own Home, 1985, installation detail, 16mm rear projected film loop Into a Glass House onto ground glass. Canada Council Art Bank collection

Wyn Geleynse, In The Privacy Of Your Own Home, 1985, installation detail, 16mm rear projected film loop Into a Glass House onto ground glass. Canada Council Art Bank collection

Wyn Geleynse, An Imaginary Situation With Truthful Behavior, 1988, installation detail, 16mm rear projected film loop onto ground glass. Museum London collection.

Wyn Geleynse, An Imaginary Situation With Truthful Behavior, 1988, installation detail, 16mm rear projected film loop onto ground glass. Museum London collection. Play Video on Artist Website

Wyn Geleynse, A Man Trying To Explain Pictures, 1991, installation view, dual 16mm rear projected film loop onto ground glass. Lucretia Geleynse/Museum London collection

Wyn Geleynse, A Man Trying To Explain Pictures, 1991, installation view, dual 16mm rear projected film loop onto ground glass. Lucretia Geleynse/Museum London collection Play Video on Artist Website

Wyn Geleynse, Just…, 2002, Single channel video loop rear projected onto ground glass placed on floor, with sound.

Wyn Geleynse, Just…, 2002, Single channel video loop rear projected onto ground glass placed on floor, with sound. Play Video on Artist Website

Wyn Geleynse, City Service Truck # 22, 2009, die cast metal truck, neon, power supply. Museum London collection

Wyn Geleynse, City Service Truck # 22, 2009, die cast metal truck, neon, power supply. Museum London collection Play Video on Artist Website

Wyn Geleynse, Portraiture, 2016-2017, toy figurine, pocket video projector, looped video.

Wyn Geleynse, Portraiture, 2016-2017, toy figurine, pocket video projector, looped video.

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