Brian Jun­gen

27 April–26 May 2007

Brian Jungen

This major exhi­bi­tion fol­lowed upon inter­na­tion­ally acclaimed Van­cou­ver artist Brian Jungen’s cel­e­brated sur­vey exhi­bi­tion museum tour which trav­elled to the Museum Villa Stuck (Munich), Witte de With (Rot­ter­dam), the Musée d’art con­tem­po­rain de Mon­tréal (Mon­treal), the Van­cou­ver Art Gallery (Van­cou­ver), and the New Museum of Con­tem­po­rary Art (New York) as well as the artist’s recent solo exhi­bi­tion at the Tate Mod­ern (Lon­don). By crit­i­cally reap­prais­ing and manip­u­lat­ing famil­iar con­sumer goods, Jun­gen pro­duces star­tling and insight­ful works that link the social and envi­ron­men­tal effects of our glob­al­ized trade in mass-produced objects with the sta­tus and power of diver­sion that such com­modi­ties selec­tively transmit.

In Jungen’s well-known series of past works enti­tled Pro­to­types for New Under­stand­ing, Nike train­ers are exploited for their par­tic­u­lar sta­tus as con­sumer icons that are pro­moted by adver­tis­ing as car­ri­ers of dis­tinc­tion. The mate­r­ial fea­tures of these objects direct their trans­for­ma­tion by the artist into indi­vid­u­al­ized, mask-like sculp­tures that mag­nify processes of cul­tural cor­rup­tion and assim­i­la­tion as clearly as they sig­nal dom­i­nant assump­tions about spe­cific cul­tural tra­di­tions. In the con­tin­ued process of his ongo­ing research, Jun­gen applied sim­i­lar processes of trans­po­si­tion into mate­r­ial related to con­tested sites of land use, specif­i­cally con­trast­ing the aes­thetic and recre­ational devel­op­ment of “land­scape” with a more inher­ently func­tional approach to land activity.

For this instal­la­tion, Jungen’s inves­ti­ga­tion of var­i­ous sys­tems of land dis­tri­b­u­tion and com­pet­ing forms of claim upon it have taken the artist to reap­praise the pop­u­lar car­tog­ra­phy of the golf course. In rela­tion to this sub­ject, Jungen’s remark­able and uncanny manip­u­la­tions of spa­tial rea­son­ing resulted in sev­eral large-scale vol­u­met­ric sculp­tures. Another work con­sisted of eigh­teen wool-covered tem­plates, pre­cisely cut to scale so as to rep­re­sent the mapped shapes of each of the First Nations reserves in the metro Van­cou­ver region. Through their forms that resem­ble raised arti­fi­cial tee­ing sur­faces, the objects hinge geo­graph­i­cal rep­re­sen­ta­tion with sports and gam­ing, and the his­tor­i­cal weight of the trade blan­ket with the impact of the golf­ing green.

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