Looking Forward: Fernanda Brenner

Leading curators select some stand-out presentations at Frieze New York 2017

I find myself especially drawn to the solo presentation of the Japanese artist Akira Ikezoe by Proyectos Ultravioleta. I got acquainted with Ikezoe’s work recently, and have been struck by his peculiar painting vocabulary – a combination of very organized and detailed small objects with human figures, distributed throughout vast areas of  at color. Ikezoe’s paintings seem to occupy a space between hand- book illustrations and the kind of contemplative pictorial elements that could accompany haikus. Though the craftsmanship of the works is impressive, there’s a sense of calmness and balance emerging out of these images, making them feel totally unpretentious. The gallery’s presentation of Ikezoe’s playful explorations of relationships between humans and nature is going to be immersive, and spatially echo the elements present in Ikezoe’s mid and large-scale paintings. I’m very curious to see this proposed expansion into physical space and how it works at the fair. I’ve followed the activities of the Guatemala City- based Proyectos Ultravioleta for some years now and know that, besides forging a great program, the way they show and discuss art is often very fresh too; I believe this presentation will be no different.

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Akira Ikezoe, Future Primitive VII, 2017, oil on canvas, 122 x 122cm. Courtesy: the artist and Proyectos Ultravioleta

Fernanda Brenner is the founder and Artistic Director of Pivô, an independent non-profit art space in São Paulo. Since 2012, the space has held around 40 projects, including exhibitions, site-specific projects, artist residencies and a studio programme, hosting over 200 artists from 15 different countries. Brenner recently curated the show ‘So Far So Good’ as a part of White Cube gallery’s ‘Inside the White Cube’ programme. 


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