Brian Bress

Born 1975
Hometown Norfolk, VA
Education
MFA Painting & Drawing, University of California, Los Angeles, 2006
BFA Film/Animation/Video, Rhode Island School of Design, Providence, RI, 1998

Cherry and Martin, Los Angeles, CA

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.
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