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Norfolk, VA

Birth year

Lives in
Los Angeles


Current Exhibitions and Events
Sep, 2015 PLAY: Process, Activism, Subversion
San Francisco State University Fine Arts Gallery

born 1975, norfolk, VA.
Brian Bress is a Los Angeles based artist and filmmaker. He received his BFA from Rhode Island School of Design in 1998 and his MFA from University of California, Los Angeles in 2006. His collages, photographs, videos and paintings have been exhibited in various group shows and film festivals in Los Angeles, Chicago and New York, including Spike and Mike's Festival of Animation, Black Maria Film Festival, New York Director's Club Biennial and The LA Weekly Biennial. In 2001, he created a pilot for MTV Animation Studios. Upcoming exhibitions include an October solo show at The University of Michigan, School of Art and Design, a group show in November at Cirrus Gallery in Los Angeles, and a project room in December at Angstrom Gallery in Los Angeles. Also Brian is currently working on an artist book to come out in 2007, published by 2nd Cannons Publications.



2007    Skowhegan School of Painting and Drawing, Skowhegan, MA

2006    MFA, Painting & Drawing, University of California, Los Angeles
1998    BFA, Film/Animation/Video, Rhode Island School of Design, Providence, RI


The Royal Box, Cherry and Martin, Los Angeles, CA

Project Room, Zach Feuer Gallery, New York, NY
Pardon Me, Angstrom Gallery, Los Angeles, CA

Sometimes You Are Just A Hat, RC Art Gallery, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI

Brian Bress: New Drawings, Open-End Gallery, Chicago, IL


Underground Pop, Parrish Art Museum, South Hampton, NY (catalog)
cut/PASTE: Collage as Methodology in Contemporary Video, POST, Los Angeles, CA
do I know you, Inmnan Gallery, Huston, TX
The Mystic's Circle, Human Resources, Los Angeles, CA
Portugal Arte, Lisbon, Portugal (traveling to Depart Foundation, Rome)
In The Eyes of Lions, 533 Gallery, Los Angeles, CA
Video Art; Replay, Institute of Contemporary Art, Philadelphia, PA

"Now that I'm by myself," she says, "I'm not by myself, which is good" DiverseWorks, Houston, TX
COMMUNE, Black and White Gallery, New York, NY
FIRST SHOW, Cherry and Martin, Los Angeles, CA
LA Woman, Hanes Art Gallery, Wake Forest University, Winston Salem, NC

Young Curators, New Ideas, Bond Street Gallery, Brooklyn, NY
Free Love Gods, Pulliam Deffenbaugh Gallery, Portland, OR
Party Favors, Bonelli Contemporary, Los Angeles, CA
Against The Grain, Los Angeles Contemporary Exhibitions, Los Angeles, CA
California Video: Artists and Histories, Getty Museum, Los Angeles, CA
Living Room Paintings, Bucket Rider Gallery, Chicago, IL

Rear/View, Freight + Volume, New York, NY
Stalemate, LeRoy Neiman Gallery, Columbia University School of Arts, New York, NY
Brian Bress & Ruby Stiler, Sunday L.E.S. Gallery, New York, NY
Trudi, Rental Gallery, New York, NY
Machine Imaginaire, Lisa Boyle Gallery, Chicago, IL
Distinctive Messengers, Curated by Simon Watson and Craig Hensala, House of Campari, Los Angeles, CA
Big Secret Cache, Angstrom Gallery, Los Angeles, CA
Beyond Image, Armory Center for the Arts, Pasadena, CA
Kairos!, Kantor / Feuer Gallery, Los Angeles, CA

Landslide: Works by Emerging California Artists, Addison/Ripley Fine Art, Washington, DC
Naïve Set Theory, Cirrus Gallery, Los Angeles, CA
i know you, but you don't know me, Fette’s Gallery, Culver City, CA
Greater LA MFA Exhibition and Screening, California State University, Long Beach, CA
One Shot 100x100, LA><ART, Culver City, CA
Chain Letter, High Energy Constructs, Los Angeles, CA
Supersonic 2006, L.A. Municipal Art Gallery, Los Angeles, CA
Ecolux: Art in the Light of Ecology, Lightbox, Los Angeles, CA
Just My Funny Way of Laughing, South La Brea Gallery, Los Angeles, CA
Soft-Boiled Wonderland, I-5 Gallery, Los Angeles, CA
Boat Show, High Energy Constructs, Los Angeles, CA
Rough Trade, Michael Kohn Gallery, Los Angeles, CA
The Latest Fiction, Cirrus Gallery, Los Angeles, CA
State of Emergence, LA Weekly Biennial, Track 16, Santa Monica, CA

Untitled Play About Gravity by Krysten Cunningham, Los Angeles Contemporary Exhibitions, offsite performance, Los Angeles, CA
Character Traits, I-5 Gallery, Los Angeles, CA
Exhibition #9 - Some Romantic Landscape, Champion Fine Arts, Los Angeles, CA

Anti-Spacesuit: The Dirty Future, G1 Gallery, Chicago, IL

Fellows' Invitational, Hudson D. Walker Gallery, Fine Arts Work Center, Provincetown, MA

Young Guns NYC Biennial, The Art Directors Club of New York, New York, NY


The Young Pretenders, Kate Werble Gallery, New York, NY

Mini Mini Max, Under Cover, Appetite Gallery, Buenos Aires, Argentina
Vertical Hold, The Portrait Room, Ellensburg Film Festival, Ellensburg, WA
The Imminent Failure Show, Over and Over, Hard Job, UND#2 Art Fair, Karlsruhe, Germany
Video Day SXSW, Portrait Room, Over and Over, World Report, Hard Job, Brainquest, Okay Mountain Gallery, Austin, TX
The Imminent Failure Show, Over and Over, Hard Job, The Ice Factory, Chicago, IL
DigitalForum, Portrait Room, Armory Center for the Arts, Pasadena, CA
Neurotic Naturalism, Rock Cowboy, Monkeytown, Brooklyn, NY

Prime Shorts -- The Best of 2003, The Hideout and the Gene Siskel Film Center, Chicago, IL

Spike and Mike's Sick and Twisted Festival of Animation, Karate Dick Boys, La Jolla, CA

From Panic to Power!, Angstrom, Los Angeles, CA

Magic Show, Hayworth Gallery, Los Angeles, CA

Dark Side of The Sun, Wight Gallery, UCLA


Campagnola, Sonia. "Brian Bress,", December 10, 2009.
Taubman, Lara. "Endless Summer," artnet, October 15, 2009.
Berardini, Andrew. "PICKS: Brian Bress,", October 1, 2009.
Pagel, David. "Brian Bress tells a story slowly and well," Los Angeles Times, September 25, 2009, p. D23.
Harvey, Doug. "Snips and Snails: Let The Fall Art Season Begin!", LA Weekly, September 10-16, 2009.
Krasinski, Jennifer. "Studio Visit: Behind the Scenes With Brian Bress,", September 9, 2009.
Berardini, Andrew. "Young L.A. Performers," Style and the Family Tunes, Issue 123, March 2009.
Bedford, Christopher. “Against the Grain,” Frieze, issue 119, Nov-Dec 2008.
Ollman, Leah. “A Show’s Artists in a State of Unrest,” Los Angeles Times, August 8, 2008.
Standish, Maude. "Brian Bress," Glitterati Magazine, No. 3, Summer 2008, p.30.
Taft, Catherine. California Video: Artists and Histories, Getty Publications, May 2008, pp. 54-57.
Ivison, Tim. “Brian Bress,” UBER / Ten by Ten, May 5, 2007.
Ollman, Leah. “Ambiguity is essence of 'Beyond Image,” Los Angeles Times, April 14, 2007, p. E8.
Holte, Michael Ned. “Reviews: Los Angeles, Brian Bress,” Artforum, March 2007, pp.325-326.
Roth, Charlene. “Naïve Set Theory: Brian Bress, Julie Lequin, Jennifer Sullivan and Ami Tallman’ at Cirrus Gallery,” Artweek, January-February 2007.
Dawson, Jessica. “A California 'Landslide' Cascades Into Addison/Ripley” Washington Post, December 23, 2006.
Kennon, Brian. "Television could be much better: Brian Bress," NY Arts Magazine, November–December 2006.
Russel, Christopher. “Kennon’s Cannons, Labor of Love Begets Publishing House,” Artillery, November 2006, p. 22.
Register, Craig. “Sometimes You Are Just A Hat,” RC News, Fall 2006, p.13.
Myers, Holly. "The master and his followers," Los Angeles Times, March 31, 2006, p. E25.
Taft, Catherine. “Critics’ Picks: Rough Trade”,, May 2006.
Harvey, Doug. "State of Emergence, Undiscovered cracks in the art-world infrastructure: a catalog," LA Weekly, October 28, 2005, pp. 46-47.
Frank, Peter. “Magic Show: curated by Brian Bress,”, AC #3, Winter 2004-2005.
Camper, Fred. “Anti-Spacesuit: The Dirty Future,” Chicago Reader, September 5, 2003, p. 33.
“Two Scenes From a Party”, Cover image, Chicago Review, Volume 49, Number 1, Spring 2003.
Susman, Gary. “Spike and Mike’s Sick and Twisted Festival of Animation,” Village Voice, January 27, 1999.

Recent Exhibits

Brian Bress participated in these exhibits:

Apr, 2015 In An Absolut World True Taste Comes Naturally
Camberwell Space
Jan, 2015 Personalities: Fantasy and Identity in Photography and New Media
Palm Springs Art Museum in Palm Desert
Nov, 2014 You Can't Sleep on a Door
Cherry and Martin
Aug, 2014 Sniff The Space Flat On Your Face
The Guggenheim Gallery at Chapman University
Jun, 2014 OK Great THANKS this is SO RIDICULOUS
Jul, 2013 Brian Bress, Matt Connors, Mari Eastman, Nathan Mabry, T. Kelly Mason
Cherry and Martin
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