17 May to 23 June 2007

Fernanda Brunet

Diaz Contemporary is pleased to present recent paintings by Mexican artist Fernanda Brunet. Fernanda’s latest series of paintings depict outbursts of vibrant colors and swirling masses of organic matter. In Brunet’s works, figuration morphs into pure abstraction and the amorphous into representation.

Brunet’s paintings are inspired by Japanese comic books; the artist transforms the black and white graphics into the language of abstract painting and wildly disperses those representations on the canvas. The details of Brunet’s work appear in diverse formats- from the miniscule flower bud to the grand boulder- each of which are viewed as fragments of an expansive, delirious universe in chaos.

With titles like Swashsh and Zzzrraak, Brunet’s explosive yet controlled gestural paintings harbor an enthusiastic post-Pop sensibility recalling those comic book paintings by Roy Lichtenstein in a painterly Japanese anime style.

Brunet’s use of an explosive, organic and empowering visual language harbors sexual undertones and analogies to the female body. In light of Brunet’s earlier work that appropriated hardcore pornography and landscapes of erupting volcanoes, her recent works continue to stimulate an erotic tendency but in regressed form.

Born in Mexico City, Brunet has exhibited extensively in Mexico, Europe and in the United States. In 2003, she was awarded First Prize at the FEMSA Biennial (Monterrey, Mexico). Her works are included in the Museum of Modern Art (Mexico City), The Rufino Tamayo Museum (Mexico City), San Diego Museum of Modern Art, The Jumex Collection (Mexico City) and AstraZeneca (Toronto).