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Do you view plastic chairs in a different light after seeing Shapeshifter? Are golf bags still just golf bags? Trash cans just for trash? How does Brian Jungen's work inspire you? Submit your photographic inspiration showing how transformative viewing Brian Jungen's art can be.

Brian Jungen (b. 1970, Dunne-za First Nations/Swiss-Canadian) uses mass-produced goods to make sculptures that are simultaneously fake and authentic, playful and political, common and extraordinary.

In Strange Comfort, an exhibition organized by the National Museum of the American Indian, Jungen reassembles plastic chairs—hacked apart but still undeniably chairs—into a whale skeleton. Suitcases take the form of a possum, a crocodile, a shark. Expensive sneakers become Northwest Coast-style masks. Golf bags become totems. Jungen charges ordinary, useful objects with layers of meaning, exploring and transgressing the boundaries of what they had been and what they’ve become, riffing on Indian imagery, pop culture, consumerism, and obsession in the process.

Strange Comfort is on view at the National Museum of the American Indian in Washington, D.C. from October 16, 2009, through August 8, 2010.

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