Brian Bress, ‘Doctor Study’, 2015, LAND Benefit Auction 2015

Courtesy of the Artist and Cherry and Martin

Signature: Signed en verso

About Brian Bress

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.

American, b. 1975, Norfolk, Virginia, based in Los Angeles, California

Exhibition Highlights

2018
Josh Lilley, 
London, United Kingdom,
Solo Exhibition
2017
Cherry and Martin, 
Los Angeles, CA,
In Lieu of Flowers Send Memes
2016
Chrysler Museum of Art, 
Norfolk, VA,
In the Box: Brian Bress
2016
Orange County Museum of Art, 
Newport Beach, CA,
Brian Bress: Make Your Own Friends
2016
Cherry and Martin, 
Los Angeles, CA,
Brian Bress

Solo Shows

2018
Josh Lilley, 
London, United Kingdom,
Solo Exhibition
2017
Cherry and Martin, 
Los Angeles, CA,
In Lieu of Flowers Send Memes
2016
Museum of Contemporary Art, 
Denver, CO,
Brian Bress: Make Your Own Friends
2016
Chrysler Museum of Art, 
Norfolk, VA,
In the Box: Brian Bress
2016
Orange County Museum of Art, 
Newport Beach, CA,
Brian Bress: Make Your Own Friends
2016
Cherry and Martin, 
Los Angeles, CA,
Brian Bress
2015
Utah Museum of Fine Arts, 
Salt Lake City, UT,
Brian Bress: Make Your Own Friends
2015
Los Angeles Nomadic Division at The Desmond, 
Los Angeles, CA,
Brian Bress: A Toyota’s a Toyota
2014
Cherry and Martin, 
Los Angeles, CA,
You Can’t Sleep on a Door
2013
Los Angeles County Museum of Art, 
Los Angeles, CA,
Brian Bress: Idiom (Brian, Raf , Britt)
2013
Museo d’arte contemporanea Roma, 
Rome, Italy,
Brian Bress
2013
Galeria Marta Cevera, 
Madrid, Spain,
Brian Bress
2012
Santa Barbara Museum of Art, 
Santa Barbara, CA,
Interventions: Brian Bress
2012
New Museum, 
New York, NY,
Brian Bress: Status Report
2012
Cherry and Martin, 
Los Angeles, CA,
Under Performing
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