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Lot 47      
Geoffrey Pugen

Balboa Peninsula
archival pigment print
2 of 3
25” x 37”
Estimate $3,700

Framed by Superframe

Courtesy of the artist and MKG127 (Toronto)

In Geoffrey Pugen’s surreal image, Balboa Peninsula, signs of non-human life are flourishing, where butterflies overtake an overgrown garden. Using digital collage techniques, Pugen aims to visualize a post-apocalyptic scenario in order to encourage meditation on—and recognition of—the complexity of hyperobjects, and humanity’s precarious future. Pugen is an artist experimenting at the intersection of technology and nature through video, photo and installation. Thematically, Pugen contemplates speculative futures, transhumanism, the impact of nature on society and conflicts between the virtual and the real. His most recent sculptural work integrates video screen technology into architectural forms, creating spatially synced multi-screen installations. His work has been exhibited at the Museum of Contemporary Canadian Art (Toronto); Museum of Moving Image (New York); WRO Biennale (Wrocław); Bienal de la Imagen en Movimiento (Buenos Aires); Internationale Kurzfilmtage Oberhausen; and Rotterdam Film Festival. He is a recipient of the K.M. Hunter Interdisciplinary Arts Award (2006).