Vienna: Brian Jungen
04 Oct 2014 - 31 Jan 2015
Winnipeg Art Gallery, Manitoba
Brian Jungen (b. 1970) ingeniously repurposes found objects, disassembling and reassembling them into spectacular sculptures, which often reference Aboriginal traditions and cultures. Vienna, thethird in a series of whale sculptures created by the artist since 2000, is a comment on consumerism and disposable culture as well as preservation and museum displays. It is an exploration of sculptural form generated by plastic lawn chairs and the cross-cultural intersections of Aboriginal and Western cultures.
Brian Jungen was the winner of the inaugural Sobey Art Award in 2002 and the 2010 Gershon Iskowitz Prize.
Brian Jungen Vienna, 2003 white polypropylene plastic chairs, 125 x 850 x 130 cm Purchased 2004 with the Joy Thomson Fund for the Acquisition of Art by Young Canadian Artists, National Gallery of Canada Foundation National Gallery of Canada, Ottawa Photo © National Gallery of Canada