Sunday, 20 August 2006

Chair-stacking Art

Brian Jungen - Cetology (2002)Young Vancouver artist Brian Jungen has made a big hit with his exhibition at the Musée d'art contemporain de Montréal. His chair-stacking ability is phenomenal. Yes, the whale skeleton above is made out of plastic chairs, those things you leave on the patio in hope of a sunny day. He also turns Nike running shoes into ethnic masks (click the title link to view one). It's all good, clean fun and very inventive too. It's when the blurb-writers get going that my hackles rise. "These works call into question the various economic, sociological and cultural values of the Western world...". Codswallop! I would enjoy watching Brian create one of his statues. That really would be performance art. Hey, Brian, how about a dinosaur skeleton in London's Natural History Museum? Canadians, you have until 4 September 2006 to view Brian's chair-stacking art.


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