Brian Bress

PTDW Visiting Artist Lecture Series
Thursday, September 22, 5:00 p.m.6:00 p.m.

Leroy Neiman Center - 37 S. Wabash Ave


Brian Bress, a Los Angeles based artist and filmmaker, creates absurd, circularly narrative films driven by the circumstances of a bizarre cast of ridiculously costumed characters, more often than not played by Bress himself. Though they rely predominantly on homemade props and costumes, Bress’s videos are visually innovative and their inherent silliness and rambling pace only serve to intensify the examination of assumptions about the nature of reality. He is also known for his collage-like portraits that feature costumed actors wearing strange masks that obscure their faces. By disguising the identities of the sitters, Bress heightens the level of uncertainty in the work to humorous levels.

Brian Bress received a BFA from Rhode Island School of Design and a MFA from University of California, Los Angeles. Current and upcoming solo exhibitions include Chrysler Museum (VA) and a ten year retrospective at the Orange County Museum of Art. In 2017, Bress will be included in the Moving Image Biennale in Geneva. Bress is represented by Cherry and Martin, Los Angeles.

Image provided by artist.