Porno AM depicts a hypothetical scenario, an extreme situation that arouses a sense of the worst. The protagonists, their anonymous faces masked or hidden by grey blotches, appear to be cut off from the world. In the layered planes of oil paint, humanity seems to have shifted into a parallel reality. Searching for snatches of actual violence, Louis-Philippe Côté accumulates and appropriates fragments of images from magazines, books, newspapers and the Internet. He then manipulates and juxtaposes these heterogeneous elements, from diverse places and times, to create scenes of latent disarray. This work is part of the Schizo-système project, an ongoing series the artist has been developing since 2007 around issues of virtualization, automation and robotization. M.-E. B.

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