Brian Jungen

Court

2004
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Court appears to be an elevated basketball court complete with backboards and nets. Yet it becomes immediately obvious that this is no place for a game. Jungen’s title infers not only a place for a ball game, but also the notion of a court of law. As with many of his other sculptures, Jungen is interested in the social implications of labour exploitation and market-driven desire. Here, he contrasts the low wages earned by workers who labour to manufacture the shoes with the multi-million dollar contracts signed by the professional basketball players who wear them. The view from the raised platforms that support the nets imparts a sense of dominance over the court. In Jungen’s Court, social issues come into play and viewers are given the space to make their own judgments.
Artist
Title
Court
Date
2004
Medium
Sculpture
Materials
sewing tables, painted steel, paint, basketball hoops and backboards
Dimensions
2500 x 300 x 250 cm installed
Nationality
Canadian
Credit line
Gift of the Rennie Collection, Vancouver, 2012
Rights
Photo © NGC
Accession number
45577

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