Derek Brunen is a Canadian artist based in Rotterdam. He obtained his Bachelor degree at Emily Carr Institute of Art and Design in Vancouver and his Master degree at Piet Zwart Institute, Rotterdam. His work draws from philosophy, psychoanalysis, the history of art and cinema, as well as from his own experience, to investigate models of subjectivity. Of particular interest are subjective constitutions, relationships to the world, that produce the potential for transformative experience. Across a range of media, related questions of duration, memory and representation are also frequently reflected in his work. Brunen’s current work is engaged with the aesthetics of disappearance. He is a recent graduate of the Piet Zwart Institute.
Recent projects and exhibitions include Rapid Waking, ZINGERpresents (Amsterdam, 2011) and Don’t Come if You Care, Sils Project Space (Rotterdam, 2011), If You Say Something, See Something, Tent (Rotterdam, 2010), Derek Brunen, Martijn int’ Veld, David Stamp, L.P. Hendriks (Rotterdam, 2009), Plot (Tombstone), Mountain View Cemetery (Vancouver, 2007), Blind, Contemporary Art Gallery and Plot, Or Gallery (both Vancouver, 2007).
Plot production still, photo: Hadley Howes