Past Exhibitions

Brian Bress: Make Your Own Friends

Exhibition August 6 - December 4, 2016

Brian Bress: Make Your Own Friends offers an in-depth look at the last ten years of Bress’s practice. Bringing together his video, sculpture and works on paper for the first time, the exhibition is the most significant presentation of the L.A. artist’s work to date. Bress is known for the fictional characters he creates, inspired by 1980s children’s programming, exotic world cultures and historical art movements. Born as doodles or collages, these imaginative figures take shape as sculptural costumes and come to life on video, performed in front of elaborately composed backdrops.



Brian Bress: Make Your Own Friends is jointly organized by Whitney Tassie, curator of modern and contemporary art at the Utah Museum of Fine Arts (UMFA), and Nora Burnett Abrams, curator at the Museum of Contemporary Art Denver. The exhibition is sponsored in part by the Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, the UMFA Friends of Contemporary Art (FoCA), and the Director's Vision Society at MCA Denver. The exhibition catalogue is made possible by the Elizabeth Firestone Graham Foundation and Cherry and Martin, Los Angeles.  

 

Images:

Brian Bress, Organizing The Physical Evidence (Purple), 2014, high definition dual-channel video (color), high definition monitors and players, wall mount, framed, 2-part, 37.75 x 48 x 4 inches installed, 20 minutes, 38 seconds, loop, courtesy of Cherry and Martin, Los Angeles ©Brian Bress.

Brian Bress, 370 Cover, 2015, high definition six-channel video (color), high definition monitors and players, wall mounts, framed, 75 x 75 x 4 inches installed,13 minutes, 13 seconds, loop, courtesy of Cherry and Martin, Los Angeles ©Brian Bress.

Brian Bress, Whitewalker 2, 2012, high definition single-channel video (color), high definition monitor and player, wall mount, framed, 60 x 35 x 4 inches, 9 minutes, 18 seconds, loop, courtesy of Cherry and Martin, Los Angeles ©Brian Bress.