Prototype for New Understanding #2 Brian Jungen, Prototype for a New Understanding #2, 1998.

Brian Jungen


Chosen by: Scott Arvid Lundell


“A great artist is one who looks at things differently, someone who makes the mundane and familiar suddenly unique and magical, an artist whose work fills you with wonder and awe. Brian Jungen is a bold artist with a brilliant imagination who has done this many times already. In this piece, I thought, ‘I’ve looked at thousands of runners in my life, and never in my wildest dreams could I have imagined turning them into First Nations masks’.

His mask works on so many levels. It’s a mix of the old and the new. It’s the merging of cultures. It’s creative and colourful, yet simple. You can analyze it, discuss it, and at the end of the day, it still works simply as a beautiful piece of art.

Brian Jungen is still a young artist. He makes me wonder how many other everyday objects are waiting to be reinvented, and what else Jungen will create to astonish, amuse and enchant us, in the years to come.”


Brian Jungen, Prototype for New Understanding #2, 1998. Nike Air Jordans, hair. Collection of the Vancouver Art Gallery. Purchased with the financial support of the Canada Council for the Arts Acquisition Assistance Program and the Vancouver Art Gallery Acquisition Fund.

Scott Arvid Lundell teaches at Queen Victoria Elementary School and has been a participant in our teacher orientation program for twelve years. This year he will again be bringing his class to the Art Gallery School. The Gallery provides art education to about 20,000 students every year through its school programs. For more information, please see:




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