Curator Anne Ellegood and Canadian artist Brian Jungen meet for a conversation about Jungen's sculptural practice, their shared interest in the historical, political, and economic specifities of materials, and the place of tradition in contemporary art making.Anne Ellegood is the Senior Curator at the Hammer Museum. Her recent projects include solo exhibitions with John Outterbridge, Charles Gaines, and Lily van der Stokker and the group show Take It or Leave It: Institution, Image, Ideology
, co-curated with Johanna Burton, which explored the overlapping strategies of appropriation and institutional critique in American art. She is currently working on a retrospective of the work of Jimmie Durham opening at the Hammer in January 2017, which will travel to the Walker Art Center and the Whitney Museum of American Art.Brian Jungen lives and between Vancouver, British Columbia, and the Doig River Indian reserve in northern BC, where the First Nations Dane-zaa (pronounced “dan-ney-za”) side of his family is located. Well known for deconstructing Westernized, mass-produced commodities such as leather goods, sports paraphernalia, plastic lawn chairs, and reforming them into sculpture, recently Jungen has focused his practice on modernist concerns and contexts, redefining his object making through the use of new materials and processes that reflect this shift, a more intimate relationship to the body, and his family’s traditions and history. Institutional solo exhibitions include Hannover Kunstverein (2013); Bonner Kunstverein (2013); Art Gallery of Ontario, Toronto (2011); National Museum of the American Indian, Washington, DC (2009); Tate Modern, London (2006); Vancouver Art Gallery (2006); Witte de With, Rotterdam (2006); and New Museum, New York (2005) among others.