Toronto

View of “Native Art Department International,” 2020. From left: Installation, 2020; Untitled (Carl Beam), 2017; Hot Tip Tiger Tail, 2018–20.

View of “Native Art Department International,” 2020. From left: Installation, 2020; Untitled (Carl Beam), 2017; Hot Tip Tiger Tail, 2018–20.

Native Art Department International

Mercer Union

The husband-and-wife team of Jason Lujan and Maria Hupfield—aka Native Art Department International, a collaborative enterprise that, according to the duo, operates as an “emancipation from identity-based artwork”—presented “Bureau of Aesthetics,” a solo exhibition at Mercer Union and NADI’s first in Canada. Barriers, both physical and visual, abound: At the entrance to the exhibition is a large, Judd-like structure built from sheets of fluorescent-pink acrylic wedged between wood beams (Construction, 2019). The rectilinear form literally interrupts viewers’ paths and screws with our sight lines, distracting us further by reflecting a large graphic black-and-white wall painting, which calls to mind the hull of a battleship covered with dazzle camouflage. At the center of the show is Installation, 2020, a set of interlocking L-shaped walls built from more mirrored acrylic and Sheetrock.

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