Pugen explores relationships between real and staged performance, the natural and the artificial, and tensions of virtuality, through altering and manipulating image material. Working with video, performance, sculpture and photography, Pugen renders situations that examine our perceptions of how history, documentation, and simulation intersect. His videos and art have been exhibited nationally and internationally. He is a recipient of the K.M Hunter Award for Interdisciplinary art.
Pugen has exhibited at MKG Gallery (Toronto), Angell Gallery (Toronto), the Museum of Contemporary Canadian Art (Toronto), and Gallery TPW (Toronto). He has also been included in numerous two-person and group exhibitions, and his work has been screened in Korea, Rotterdam, Germany, Chicago, New York, Montreal, Vancouver, & Toronto among other locations.