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Loving-Kindness

 

Derek Brunen

 

May 13th - June 12th, 2017

 

…find a comfortable position, upright, yet relaxed. Allow your arms to rest gently…

 

Duplex presents Loving-Kindness, a solo exhibition featuring a new video work by Derek Brunen. Set inside a vehicle, our protagonist’s habits are tuned to the guidance of a celestial narration as he moves through traffic:

 

[The scene opens on a suburban street. A middle-aged man exits a house and crosses the street. He is contemporary and cleanly dressed. He approaches an SUV and gets into the driver’s seat. The man sets his portfolio down, checks his watch and writes a text message. Sending the message, he looks around the cockpit and locks the doors before buckling his seat belt, unbuckling it, and buckling it again. Placing the key in the ignition, he starts the car and begins to scan the radio. Reaching into the glove compartment, he retrieves a CD and places it in the player.]

 

Brunen’s practice draws inspiration from popular culture, philosophy and the histories of art and cinema. Through performance, video and photography, his work models perceptions of time and memory. His investigations frequently focus on locating the subject in lapses of consciousness.

 

His work has been included in exhibitions at the Museum of Contemporary Art (Chicago), Vancouver Art Gallery, Academy Minerva (Groningen), ZINGERpresents (Amsterdam), Sils Project Space (Rotterdam), Kamloops Art Gallery, the Contemporary Art Gallery (Vancouver) and Or Gallery (Vancouver). In 2013, he received the Vancouver Mayor’s Emerging Artist Award.