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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