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Brian Jungen in "Vancouver"Preview
In this preview from the Vancouver episode of Season 8 of Art in the Twenty-First Century, artist Brian Jungen—at work in his North Okanagan, British Columbia studio—creates a new series of sculptures using disassembled pairs of Nike Air Jordan sneakers.
“When I first made them, I was slowly taking them apart piece by piece,” says the artist, revisiting his use of the materials after nearly 10 years. “Now I just am much more fluid with it.”More information
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Brian Jungen draws from his family’s ranching and hunting background, as well as his Dane-zaa heritage, when disassembling and recombining consumer goods into whimsical sculptures. Jungen transforms plastic chairs into whale skeletons, garbage bins into a giant turtle carapace, and collectible Nike Air Jordan shoes into objects resembling both the ceremonial masks of British Columbian coastal tribes and abstract modernist sculptures. At once direct and disarming, Jungen’s sculptures are entirely familiar in their material and assembly and yet still trick the eye through complex and deft illusions. While exquisite for their craftsmanship and graphic use of pattern and color, Jungen’s works also contain subtle critiques of labor practices, global capitalism, and cultural stereotypes.