Geoffrey Pugen’s Blue Room
GEOFFREY PUGEN at Angell Gallery (12 Ossington), to June 11. 416-530-0444. See lsiting. Rating: NNNN
Technology and its effect on the "authenticity" of perception are reduced to a neat visual paradox in Geoffrey Pugen's latest photographic venture, Long Division. His images, though seeming like fractals, appear eerily real.
Of course, they very well could be. Pugen's gambit has always involved exploring the paradoxical relationship between technology and perception.
Especially cheeky is his inclusion of the work Green Screen, the standard filming background used in every digitally created sci-fi blockbuster of the last 20 or so years.
Blue Room, a possible reference to Plato's Allegory Of The Cave, invites the viewer into the imaginary space of a spectacle just beyond our reach, represented only by eerie blue light and enticing wisps of smoke.
Especially elegant is the use of golden unicorns as a symbol of the elusiveness of visual reality and of something that can be envisioned but never seen in the flesh.