Aryen Hoekstra (b. 1982) is an artist and writer based in Toronto, ON. He completed his graduate studies at the University of Guelph’s School of Fine Arts and Music and his BFA at the University of Alberta. Originating in the formal and conceptual language of the moving-image, Hoekstra's studio practice considers the structures and apparatuses that create and control light and dark, or image and interval within the projection event. Working across media, he examines knowledge systems formed via projection during the 20th century, and speculates as to what alternate futures might be manifest through their reformulation.
Recent solo exhibitions include Celestial bodies at 8-11 and Choreography for Screen at Mercer Union (both Toronto, ON). Other recent exhibition venues include, Scotiabank Nuit Blanche (Toronto, ON); the Art Gallery of Alberta (Edmonton, AB); Gallery 44 (Toronto, ON); Forest City Gallery (London, ON); Modern Fuel (Kingston, ON); Blackwood Gallery (Mississauga, ON). He has contributed writing for YYZ Artists’ Outlet, Susan Hobbs, COOPER COLE, and Daniel Faria Gallery, and his art criticism has appeared in Canadian Art, C Magazine, Border Crossings, and Magenta Magazine. From 2014 – 2016 Hoekstra served as the Director of G Gallery. He is currently a contributing editor at Towards.info, and recently opened the independent project space Franz Kaka in Toronto, ON.
Aryen Hoekstra would like to acknowledge the support of the Canada Council for the Arts, the Ontario Arts Council, and the Toronto Arts Council.