Art Basel Miami Beach | Nova: Brian Bress

December 4-7, 2014
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Brian Bress
'Firemen #2 (on blue, green and purple lines)'
High definition three-channel video (color), high definition monitors and players, wall mounts, framed
38 x 75 inches, 96.52 x 190.5 cm installed
16 min., 22 sec., loop


Booth N04

Cherry and Martin is pleased to announce a solo presentation of new, wall-mounted HD monitors by Brian Bress.

Brian Bress's framed, wall-mounted HD monitors have no sound and depict a kind of tragicomic Brechtian action in which the narrative of the artwork tends to collapse upon itself. Each monitor shows a digital loop in which actors—often played by Bress—perform as isolated characters. The costumes these actors wear and the shallow sets in which they perform are all made by Bress, who came to time-based media from painting and sculpture. Like many modes of contemporary advertising, Bress's characters break the fourth wall, addressing the viewer directly, demanding insistent communication across the transmissive screen. Bress's HD monitors comment on the one-way flow of information in mass-culture; at the same time, their very handmadeness reminds viewers of how traditional collage is now being realized on the viewer's side of the equation through the multiple windows of the computer interface—programs such as PhotoShop, the screenshot, Instagram and other modes of device interactivity. Bress's work asks the viewer to think about the structures and technologies that shape and propagate societal narratives and communication and how they function.

Brian Bress will have his first major solo exhibition, curated by Adam Lerner, at the Museum of Contemporary Art Denver in January of 2016. Bress has recently had solo exhibitions and projects at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (Los Angeles, 2013); Museo d'arte contemporanea (MACRO) (Rome, 2013); Santa Barbara Museum of Art (Santa Barbara, 2012); and New Museum (New York, 2012). Brian Bress lives and works in Los Angeles, CA.