Friday, September 25, 2009

Brian Jungen's Totemic Recycling

Very excited to hear that Brian Jungen's exhibition, 'Strange Comfort' opens at the National Museum of the American Indian on October 16. "This major survey of Brian Jungen (Dunne-za First Nations/Swiss/Canadian) transforms the familiar and banal into exquisite objects that reference themes of globalization, pop culture, museums, and the commodification of Indian imagery. Jungen first came to prominence with Prototypes for New Understandings 1998–2005), for which he fashioned Nike footwear into masks that suggested Northwest Coast iconography." My favorites, though, are the recycled, woven sports jerseys pictured at top.

*images courtesy of Catriona Jeffries Gallery

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