From July 14 to October 15, 2016
Artist in the exhibition : Jon Rafman ,
Opening July 14th, 2016, 6 — 8pm
Arsenal Contemporary Art is proud to present a series of major works by Jon Rafman, selected from the Majudia Collection (Montreal). The exhibition comprises a range of media drawn from the artist’s preoccupation with contemporary digital culture, and centres around a sprawling maze populated with sculptures and video. At the heart of this winding installation an Occulus Rift virtual reality piece further disorients the viewer, transporting them from gallery to imagined landscape. At the same time, Rafman’s films immerse the viewer in internet subcultures. Multiple videos are presented in confined sculptural environments–pod-like spaces that enclose the viewer, echoing the ‘troll caves’ of internet obsessives. Large-scale photographs depict grubby computer keyboards, personal effects, and detritus, acting as portraits of their users. The exhibition investigates how changes in technology and society’s resulting adaptations affect our relationship to enduring themes of memory and loss.
Jon Rafman was born in 1981 in Montreal, where he continues to live and work. He holds a BA in Philosophy and Literature at McGill University and an MFA at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. Recent institutional exhibitions include solo presentations at Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam (2016); Westfaelischer Kunstverein, Munster (2016); Zabludowicz Collection, London (2015); Musée d’art contemporain, Montreal (2015); Contemporary Art Museum, St. Louis (2014) and contributions to group exhibitions at Julia Stoschek Collection, Berlin (2016); Berlin Biennial, Berlin (2016), and Manifesta 11, Zurich (2016).
Jon Rafman is represented by Galerie Antoine Ertaskiran (Montreal), Future Gallery (Berlin), Seventeen (London), and Feuer Mesler (New York).