Brian Jungen uses mass-produced goods to make sculptures that are simultaneously fake and authentic, playful and political, common and extraordinary. A member of the Dane-zaa First Nation, he combines traditional techniques and material with a contemporary, conceptual approach to sculpture. Jungen charges utilitarian objects with layers of meaning, exploring and transgressing the boundaries of what they had been and what they’ve become, riffing on Native American imagery, pop culture, consumerism, and obsession in the process. The resulting works often prompt viewers to consider the distances and proximities between cultures, as well as those between humans and nature.
Jungen has presented solo exhibition at Casey Kaplan, New York (2016); Catriona Jeffries (2016) and Hanover Kunstverein, Hanover (2013. Jungen won the first Sobey Art Award in 2002 and received the Gershon Iskowitz Prize in 2010. In 2012, his collaborative project with Duane Linklater, Modest Livelihood was included in dOCUMENTA (13). Recent group exhibitions include the Liverpool Bienniale 2018; Peabody Essex Museum, Salem, WA (2018); 2017 Canadian Biennale; National Gallery of Canada, Ottowa (2017, 2013); La Biennale de Montréal (2016); De Paul Art Museum, Chicago (2016); Vancouver Art Gallery (2015); Shanghai Biennale (2012) and the Wexner Center for the Arts (2010).