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 Brian Jungen  (1971 - )

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Lived/Active: British Columbia/Quebec / Canada      Known for: pop-conceptual sculpture, found objects

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From British Columbia, Brian Jungen is a 'found art' artist in the tradition of Andy Warhol and Marcel Duchamp.  However, unlike Warhol and Duchamp, he disguises the objects, concealing their original purpose.  He also does small scale drawings and large format paintings.  A reoccuring theme is challenging the influence of ethnography on cultural identity.

Born in Fort St. John, British Columbia, he is a graduate of the Emily Carr Institute of Art and Design.  He has lived and worked in Vancouver, Montreal and New York City

His series Prototypes of New Understanding is composed of aboriginal masks made from  parts of hand-sewn together Nike Air Jordan shoes.  Jungen wrote: "It was interesting to see how by simply manipulating the Air Jordan shoes you could evoke specific cultural traditions whilst simultaneously amplifying the process of cultural corruption and assimilation. The Nike mask sculptures seemed to articulate a paradoxical relationship between a consumerist artefact and an 'authentic' native artifact."

Other projects include a sculptural installation of red cedar wooden pallets arranged together as though they were cheap stacking materials instead of valuable wood, whale bone appearing objects from plastic chairs, and political and social themes such as plastic food trays color coded to match statitics of jail sentenced to First Nation persons of the Northwest Coast.
In 2006, the Vancouver Art Gallery and the Tate Modern in London both held solo exhibitions of Jungen's work.


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