This exhibition, the latest presentation in the New Museum’s Stowaways Series, will be the New York premier of Brian Bress’s Status Report (2009).
Brian Bress, Still from Status Report, 2009. Single-channel video, color, sound. 18 minutes, 40 seconds. Courtesy the artist and Cherry and Martin, Los Angeles
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In Bress’s low-tech video, humorous characters, all played by the artist, struggle with interpersonal relationships, the pursuit of intended goals, and the desire to communicate. Manipulating pictorial and sculptural conventions through fantastically hand-crafted sets and costumes that combine drawing, painting, and collage, Bress creates a disjunctive world where spaces of imagination and representation compete for equal footing. Brian Bress (b. 1975) lives and works in Los Angeles. His videos have been shown at ICA, Philadelphia; LAX Art, Los Angeles; Diverse Works, Houston; University of South Florida Contemporary Art Museum, Tampa; and Parrish Art Museum, South Hampton. His work was included in the comprehensive survey exhibition “California Video: Artists and Histories” presented at the Getty Museum in 2008. This is Bress’s first New York museum presentation.
“Brian Bress: Status Report” is organized by Jenny Moore, Assistant Curator.