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Contemporary Art Gallery

555 Nelson Street
Vancouver, Canada
Open from Tuesday to
Sunday 12 pm → 6 pm

Admission always free
28 Jul 01until23 Sep 01

Brian Jungen

Alvin Balkind Gallery and CAG Façade

A stack of wood pieces, which look like large duckboards, is installed in a gallery space. They are identical in shape and size. This close-up photograph shows only the top five boards on this stack.

Brian Jungen is a Vancouver artist who is quickly gaining a strong national reputation as one of Canada's most promising younger artists. He has been invited to exhibit across the coun­try and the National Gallery of Canada recently purchased a major piece for their permanent collection. Jungen is noted for using common everyday objects as source material for remarkably inventive works of art. Examples include disassembling Nike Air Jordan training shoes and reconfiguring them into startling simulations of Northwest Coast Indian masks, and constructing an enormous, suspended whale skeleton from cut-up plastic deck chairs.

For the Contemporary Art Gallery, Jungen will be presenting a sculptural installation in the Alvin Balkind Gallery. It will con­sist of an arrangement of pallets, the kind used for moving and storing warehouse materials. Such pallets are usually made of cheap materials, designed for purely utilitarian functions, and considered disposable, often ending up as firewood. Jungen's pallets, however, are constructed from the finest quality cedar, their surfaces sanded to a smooth finish, and then carefully pegged together rather than nailed. These sculptures retain the visual imprint of industrial pallets, yet are simultaneously transformed into highly aesthetic objects that recall the clean economy of Minimalist art from the 1960s. This work, while visually different from his previous projects, is consistent with Jungen's practice of exploring the edge between objects whose -purpose is utilitarian and objects whose purpose is for display.

This exhibition is sponsored by Astro Graphic Industries Ltd. and Benjamin Moore Paints (Dunbar, Kerrisdale, and Richmond).

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