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Vernacular, 1998-2001

Brian Jungen
Canadian, 1970
graphite, ink, wax crayon, and watercolour on cream wove paper
73 x 112 cm
Purchased 2002
National Gallery of Canada (no. 41030)

This drawing lay out on Brian Jungen’s work table for many years during the early stages of his career, while he mapped out his ideas for future sculptural projects. As a record of his working processes, as well as his stream of consciousness, the drawing combines references to Jungen’s artistic influences – Mike Kelley, Paul McCarthy and Nicole Eisenmann – bizarre word plays, ideas for titles of works, and evidence of his musings on identity politics. The title refers to both the colloquial language inscribed in columns across the page, as well as the “local,” if not organic, types of architecture scattered throughout the drawing.


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