Brian Jungen Turns Air Jordans Into Sculptures for Toronto Exhibition

Brian Jungen has taken his repurposed artworks to the Art Gallery of Ontario, opening the first-ever exhibition of his archival pieces. Entitled Brian Jungen: Friendship Centre, the installation encompasses several of the artist’s unique sculptures and masks constructed out of Air Jordans.

Known for highlighting themes around identity — he is of mixed European and Indigenous heritage — the artist constantly explores messages around cultural inequality, the environment and the craftsmanship of the Indigenous community. His colorful 3-D forms showcase various sliced-up sneakers in deconstructed shapes, providing subtle commentary on the consumption of fashion and hyped-up energy around certain footwear.

The exhibition is on view now until August 25, 2019. For more information visit the Art Gallery of Ontario’s official website.

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