Brian Jungen: Art in Opposition

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Brian Jungen totem poles

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There isn’t much room for interpretation when viewing the work of Canadian artist Brian Jungen. Unlike the majority of art in opposition, Jungen’s work is clear in its intent. Perfectly juxtaposing “the first and third worlds“, Jungen addresses both consumerism and the fetishization of Aboriginal art.

Taking a nod from Marcel Duchamp’s ‘ready-made’ concept, Jungen utilizes everything from plastic lawn chairs to Air Jordans, but unlike the random aspect of Duchamp’s concept, Jungen has chosen his ready-mades with with a clear and concise purpose.

If Dada’s purpose was to question the very nature of art by interjecting random objects into the mix, Jungen’s intentional use of specific objects in his sculptures and concepts takes the random factor out of the ready-made, leaving us with a clear image of the artist’s vision. A vision that confronts our manufactured reality and its subconscious agenda to erase our past.

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June 7, 2011

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