Two Chefs #1 (on tan and yellow zigzags), 2016



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Brian Bress is a video artist who 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.



Everything in my studio was more interesting than the paintings and so I started creating these tableaus that were large enough to get inside of and interact with... and I would arrange them as carefully as I would a painting
— Brian Bress


Utah Museum of Fine Arts, Salt Lake City, UT
Hammer Museum, Los Angeles, CA
Los Angeles County Museum of Art, CA
Loyola University Museum of Art, Chicago, IL
Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago, IL
Museum of Contemporary Art, San Diego, CA
Norton Museum of Art, West Palm Beach, FL
Palm Springs Museum of Art, Palm Springs, CA
Portland Museum of Art, Portland, OR
San Diego Museum of Art, San Diego, CA
Santa Barbara Museum of Art, CA
Smart Museum of Art, University of Chicago, IL
Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, NY


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