Brian Jungen’s Strange Comfort

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Brian Jungen’s Strange Comfort

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CRAFT’s graphic designer Katie Wilson wrote about Brian Jungen‘s show, Strange Comfort, at the National Museum of the American Indian in Washington D.C. (through August 8, 2010):

Native American artist Brian Jungen (Dunne-za) creates perceived icons of Indian culture from commonplace utilitarian objects — an igloo from trash cans, a whale skeleton from plastic chairs, an animal mobile from suitcases. Frequently, his materials are selected for their power to comment: “Much of Jungen’s work is created out of sports paraphernalia — a suit of armor made of catcher mitts, a skull crafted from baseball skins, blankets woven from jerseys, and totem poles of stacked golf bags. It’s a deliberate choice, Jungen says, to make art from materials belonging to an industry that has claimed names such as The Chiefs, Indians, Redskins and Braves.”

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4 thoughts on “Brian Jungen’s Strange Comfort

  1. Megnificent Made says:

    It’s really creative but I can only imagine that coming out of a corn field of nightmares to kill me in my sleep!

  2. Laura says:

    I just got back from a vacay in DC and got to see this exhibit. It was amazing. My favorite was the large mobile just inside the entrance of the museum with the luggage animals (especially the armadillo!).

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Becky Stern is a Content Creator at Autodesk/Instructables, and part time faculty at New York’s School of Visual Arts Products of Design grad program. Making and sharing are her two biggest passions, and she's created hundreds of free online DIY tutorials and videos, mostly about technology and its intersection with crafts. Find her @bekathwia on YouTube/Twitter/Instagram.

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