Arsenal Contemporary Art, Montreal

July 14th to October 15th, 2016

Arsenal Contemporary Art, Toronto 

January 28th to March 27th, 2017

Project manager and assistant curator

The exhibition presents 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).


- Oli Sorenson

Images Richard Max Tremblay

Exhibition View, Montreal
Sculpture Garden (Hedge Maze), 2015
Sculpture Garden (Hedge Maze), 2015
Erysichton, 2015
Exhibition View, Montreal
Exhibition View, Montreal
New Age Demanded (curveman Carrara),
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