Brian Bress is a Los Angeles based artist. Bress received his Master of Fine Arts in painting from the University of California, Los Angeles and Bachelor of Fine Arts in film/video/animation from Rhode Island School of Design.
His time based media works have been described as inventive, humorous, and “discomfortingly complex.” As an inventive form of portraiture, they employ flat-screen monitors often encased in frames, which make his works appear to be conventional photographs or even paintings, each depicting one or more figures rendered abstract through the use of masks and costumes.
He has exhibited his work at the Museo d'arte contemporanea Roma (MACRO), (Rome, Italy); the Santa Barbara Museum of Art (Santa Barbara, California); the New Museum, (New York, New York). the Museum of Contemporary Art (North Miami, Florida); the Institute of Contemporary Art (Philadelphia, Pennsylvania); Arthouse (Austin, Texas); the Parrish Art Museum (South Hampton, New York); the University of South Florida Contemporary Art Museum (Tampa, Florida); and at the Salt Lake Art Center, Salt Lake City, Utah. His video Under Cover (2007) was included in the landmark exhibition “California Video” (2008) at the J. Paul Getty Museum, and in the accompanying catalog, “California Video: Artists and Histories”.
Currently Bress has a commissioned three-channel work on view at LACMA and a forthcoming solo show at The Museum of Contemporary Art Denver.
Bress is represented in Los Angeles by Cherry and Martin.
Group exhibitions include Video Art: Replay, Institute of Contemporary Art, Philadelphia;
“Now that I’m by myself,” she says, “I’m not by myself, which is good,” DiverseWorks, Houston; Against the Grain, Los Angeles Contemporary Exhibitions, Los Angeles; and California Video: Artists and Histories, Getty Museum, Los Angeles.
Recently, Bress won the the MOCA Miami Film Festival for his video, "It's Been A Long Day".