Wyn Geleynse is considered a pioneer in multimedia artistic practices in Canada, with a career in film and video spanning nearly three decades. He emigrated from Rotterdam to London, ON, with his parents in 1953. Growing up in London at a time when the so-called “London regional school” was burgeoning – a vernacular art movement that thrived in the city through the 1970s and 1980s – had a direct impact on Geleynse’s development as an artist, who cites London-based artists Greg Curnoe (deceased) and Murray Favro as major influences. Geleynse’s first artistic efforts were in printmaking, then painting; he studied lithography under Helmut Becker in 1972. In 1979, Ge-leynse embarked on an entirely new artistic direction which combined an interest in 3D model-making with the 2D qualities of photography. Since 1981, the artist has been integrating film into this process, creating installation-based works in which short films loops have been projected against a host of fabricated items: a large-scale model airplane, bedroom furniture, framed photo-graphs, and other elements emblematic of various themes including childhood, domesticity, self-hood, and the boundaries between public and private. Of late, the artist’s multimedia practice has begun using digital editing techniques, and it has always applied the invention of custom film loop-ers, viewfinders and other objects to mediate the viewer’s reception of the image.
Geleynse often uses biographical footage and source materials from childhood, references that conjure the psycho-logical spaces of memory – real and imagined, collective and individual – and play off the nostal-gic response that is often associated with photographs and films, especially those of family and friends. As his projections adapts to their personal and intimate surroundings, Geleynse’s works subvert a straightforward reception of the filmic image, forcing reconciliation with the existential power of cinematic conventions in ‘framing’ the boundaries of subjective experience.
Excerpt from Allgemeines Künstlerlexikon, Vol.51, 2006 Pg. 192