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Brian Bress

American, b. 1975

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Brian Bress

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American, b. 1975

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In Brian Bress’s photographic and video work, masked and costumed figures populate surreal, collaged and painted landscapes; his works are then housed in brightly colored, custom-built frames. His backdrops reference modernist and abstract works—Roy Lichenstein’s dot paintings, Matisse’s cut-outs, Cubist and primitivist painting of the early 20th century. His often-faceless characters resemble the cartoonish figures of children’s shows and cereal advertisements—at once monstrous and human, but appearing unwound, engaged in repetitive activities, and possessing slow, leaden movements. In Beadman (Parker) (2012), a clownish figure decked head-to-toe in colorful wooden beads jumps on a trampoline, while in Cowboy (Brian led by Peter Kirby) (2012), a man encased in a white foam cowboy suit scribbles childish drawings directly onto the glass screen. Bress is concerned with exploring fabricated space, and probing the relationships between figure and ground, painting and video, animate and inanimate.

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Biography

In Brian Bress’s photographic and video work, masked and costumed figures populate surreal, collaged and painted landscapes; his works are then housed in brightly colored, custom-built frames. His backdrops reference modernist and abstract works—Roy Lichenstein’s dot paintings, Matisse’s cut-outs, Cubist and primitivist painting of the early 20th century. His often-faceless characters resemble the cartoonish figures of children’s shows and cereal advertisements—at once monstrous and human, but appearing unwound, engaged in repetitive activities, and possessing slow, leaden movements. In Beadman (Parker) (2012), a clownish figure decked head-to-toe in colorful wooden beads jumps on a trampoline, while in Cowboy (Brian led by Peter Kirby) (2012), a man encased in a white foam cowboy suit scribbles childish drawings directly onto the glass screen. Bress is concerned with exploring fabricated space, and probing the relationships between figure and ground, painting and video, animate and inanimate.

Career Highlights
Learn more about artist insights.
User
Solo show at a major institution
New Museum
Group
Group show at a major institution
The Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), and 1 more
Publication
Reviewed by a major art publication
Artforum, and 2 more