The secret search and somewhat forbidden consumption of pornography and erotica online is the subject of the pr0n exhibition, which recently showed in Montreal at the Galerie Pangée. 

pr0n, is defined as:
1. Pornographic material viewed, obtained or created via computer.
2. Word used to evade spelling filters which look for the word ‘porn’.
3. Used to describe material which is deserving of (or will be subjected to) the degree of intense speculation and overeager viewing normally reserved for high quality pornography.
                                                                                                     (urbandictionary.com

Presented by Galerie Pangée and BOCA Gallery, the provocative group exhibition was curated by Raji Sohal, a culture commentator at CBC Radio 1, and included work by Jon Rafman, Matt Goerzen, Julian Garcia, Jason Harvey, Tyson Parks, Jeremy Dabrowski, and Vincent Charlebois.

This exhibition is the first time that art objects which were designed, conceived and contextualized entirely in virtual space were presented in a physical form and space.

pr0n in its many definitions, incites a sensation of pleasure through the experience of an image. No contact is ever made with the object behind the image: be it a beautiful nude woman, a sporty muscle car, or a rare machine pistol. Inevitably, the viewer is left wanting more.

“As our culture has speedily and fully assimilated entry into the online experience, there has hardly been time enough to note how modern life and internet culture have become co-constitutive; continuously and reciprocally shaping one another,” said curator Raji Sohal. “The artists presenting from BOCA Gallery are hyper-aware of the superfluity of 1980s art and of the ’90s criticism of commodity culture.”

pron was featured at the Galerie Pangée in the Belgo, Montreal, Quebec. Visit http://bocagallery.com for more information. Follow Raji Sohal for arts and fashion tweets on Twitter here.

 

Photography Provided By: Boca Gallery and Galerie Pangee.