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The Sole of Art: Brian Jungen at the MACM

Posted by Hannah / July 20, 2006

Jungen_17.jpg Installation view of Brian Jungen's Prototypes (1998-2005). Photo: Trevor Mills, Vancouver Art Gallery

In the 1980s and 90s Michael Jordan ruled a territory that stretched from busy city basketball courts to the feet of North American teenagers. For two decades Jordan was basketball. Nike fueled the myth and began releasing Air Jordans in 1984, turning the sneaker into a lifestyle item. (Remember when kids killed for these things?)

The Air Jordan and its tri-colour palate was the perfect way represent "commercialization and the fetishization of trainers and of Aboriginal art," Vancouver artist Brian Jungen told CBC in November. Clipping and re-stitching hundreds of Air Jordan's, Jungen mounted 23 ersatz West Coast First Nation masks, stunning in their simularity to the real thing. Jungen_02.jpg The Musée d’art contemporain presents Jungen's inter-iconic collection, Prototype for a New Understanding (1998-2005), along with his other works, including whale skeletons fashioned from lawn chairs, motto-carved baseball bats, and stacks of cafeteria trays that display a biting, dark humour and offer a different perspective of everyday objects. Through September 4.
Photo: Trevor Mills, Vancouver Art Gallery

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