Local artist gets national recognition

By Energeticcity.ca staff

A Fort St. John artist is getting some national recognition.

Brian Jungen has won the 2010 Gershon Iskowitz Prize for visual art. The award brings with it a grant of $25,000.

The 39 year-old is known for taking everyday items, such as shoes and t-shirts, and transforming them into typical Native American art. His art included a life-sized igloo made with trash bins and masks crafted from Nike Air Jordan shoes.

Jungen’s work is being featured in the National Museum of the American Indian, in Washington, D.C.

Jungen has also been featured in the New Museum in New York and Tate Modern in London.

The Iskowitz Prize celebrates and awards Canadian Artists. Judges chose Jungen’s work because they say it’s infused “with sociopolitical commentary, historic symbology, and an ingenious sense of play.”

Jungen will receive his award on May 6th in Toronto.

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