Born 1975 in Norfolk, VA
Lives and works in Los Angeles, CA


2007    Skowhegan School of Painting and Drawing, Skowhegan, ME
2006    MFA, Painting & Drawing, University of California, Los Angeles
1998    BFA, Film/Animation/Video, Rhode Island School of Design, Providence, RI


Brian Bress: In Lieu of Flowers Send Memes, Cherry and Martin, Los Angeles, CA
The Imperfect Tense (for Josef Albers), Baltimore Museum of Art, Baltimore, MD (public commission)

The Desmond SixTime Equities, Inc. Art-in-Buildings, New York, NY
In the Box: Brian BressChrysler Museum of Art, Norfolk, VA
Brian Bress: Make Your Own Friends, Orange County Museum of Art, Newport Beach, CA
Brian Bress: Make Your Own Friends, Museum of Contemporary Art, Denver, CO (catalogue)
Brian Bress, Cherry and Martin, Los Angeles, CA

Brian Bress: A Toyota’s a ToyotaLos Angeles Nomadic Division at The Desmond, Los Angeles, CA
Brian Bress: Make Your Own Friends
, Utah Museum of Fine Arts, Salt Lake City, UT (traveling)

You Can’t Sleep on a Door, Cherry and Martin, Los Angeles, CA

Brian Bress: Idiom (Brian, Raffi, Britt), Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Los Angeles, CA
Artists in Residence #3 Studio Shows: Brian Bress, Riccardo Giacconi, Katerina Seda and Luca Trevisani, Museo d’arte contemporanea Roma, Rome, Italy
Brian Bress, Galeria Marta Cevera, Madrid, Spain

Interventions: Brian Bress, Santa Barbara Museum of Art, Santa Barbara,CA
Brian Bress: Status Report, New Museum, New York, NY
Under Performing, Cherry and Martin, Los Angeles, CA

Creative Ideas for Every Season, Salt Lake Art Center, Salt Lake City, UT
Creative Ideas for Every Season, Wignall Museum of Contemporary Art, Rancho Cucamonga, CA

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


Screens: Virtual Material, deCordova Sculpture Park and Museum, Boston, MA
Biennale of Moving Images 2016, FAENA ART MIami, FL; traveled to Faena Art Center               Buenos Aires, Buenos Aires, Argentina
Commercial Break, Public Art Fund 40th Anniversary exhibition, Times Square, New York, NY

Mark Leckey: Containers and Their Drivers, MOMA PS1, Long Island City, NY
INDECISIVE MOMENT, Suwon Photography Festival, Suwon, South Korea
Moving Image Biennial, Centre d’Art Contemporain Genève (MAMCO), Geneva, Switzerland (traveling)
Hydroponic Forms, Galerie Ampersand, Cologne, Germany
Painting2Espacio 1414, Santurce, Puerto Rico

Dopplegänging, Work|Release, Norfolk, VA
SECOND WAVE: Aesthetics of 80s in Today’s Contemporary Art, Culver Center of the Arts / Sweeney Art Gallery, Riverside, CA
San Diego Collects
, Museum of Contemporary Art, San Diego, CA
PLAY: Process, Activism, Subversion, San Francisco State University, San Francisco, CA
Mark Leckey: UniAddDumThs
, Kunsthalle Basel, Switzerland
Personalities: Fantasy and Identity in Photography and New Media, Palm Springs Art Museum, Palm Desert, CA

Mark Leckey: Lending Enchantment to Vulgar Materials, WIELS Centre d’Art Contemporain, Brussels, Belgium
Sniff the Space Flat on Your Face
, Guggenheim Gallery, Chapman University, Orange, CA
Another Cats Show
, 356 Mission, Los Angeles, CA
, curated by Brion Nuda Rosch, ACME., Los Angeles, CA
Mark Leckey: UniAddDumThs, Gavin Brown’s enterprise, New York, NY
Left Coast: Recent Acquisitions of Contemporary Art
, Santa Barbara Museum of Art, Santa Barbara, CA

Pop Culture: Selections from the Frederick R. Weisman Art Foundation, Mana Contemporary, Jersey City, NJ                                                                                                                                    
Brian Bress, Matt Connors, Mari Eastman, Nathan Mabry, T. Kelly Mason
, Cherry and Martin, Los Angeles, CA
The Scandalized Mask, Josh Lilley Gallery, London, UK
The Universal Addressability of Dumb Things, curated by Mark Leckey, Nottingham Contemporary, Nottingham, UK. Traveled to De La Warr Pavilion, Bexhill-on-sea, East Sussex, UK

Raze; Revert; Repeat, Pepin Moore, Los Angeles, CA
This Was Funny Yesterday, College of Creative Studies at UCSB, Santa Barbara, CA
Photography is Magic!, Daegu Photo Biennial 2012, Daegu, Korea
Four by Four: Collector Series, University of Denver, Victoria H. Myhren Gallery, Denver, CO

Future Present: Five Artists, Five Weeks, Arthouse at the Jones Center, Austin, TX
Stagecraft, curated by David Norr, University of South Florida Contemporary Art Museum, Tampa, FL
Object Orientation: Bodies and/as Things, Cerritos College Art Gallery, Norwalk, CA
Staff Curated Video Show, LA><Art, Los Angeles, CA

Underground Pop, Parrish Art Museum, South Hampton, NY (catalogue)
cut/PASTE: Collage as Methodology in Contemporary Video, POST, Los Angeles, CA
do I know you, Inman Gallery, Houston, TX
The Mystic’s Circle, Human Resources, Los Angeles, CA
Portugal Arte, Lisbon, Portugal
In The Eyes of Lions, 533 Gallery, Los Angeles, CA
Video Art: Replay, Part 3: Ludicrous, 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 (catalogue)
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 100×100, 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


Sidewalk Cinema Art Blocks presented by Aurora Picture Show, Main Street Square 1111 Main Street, Dallas Texas

Strangelove: Moving Image Festival, Rock Your BodyCentral Saint Martins, University of the Arts London, Granary Square, Kings Cross, London, UK

Optic Nerve XIII, It’s Been a Long Day and Alone, Museum of Contemporary Art, Miami FL
FAST-FORWARD II: A Screening of Contemporary Video Art, It’s Been a Long Day, Santa Barbara Contemporary Arts Forum, Santa Barbara, CA
The View from Out There: Southern California Video Art, Creative Ideas for Every Season, The Outpost Artist Resource, Ridgewood, 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


Bloom, Rebecca. “Star Tech! Meet Five L.A. Artists Who are Sparking an Avant-Digital Revolution,” Los Angeles Confidential, Summer 2017, Issue 3, p. 46.
Berardini, Andrew. “Brian Bress’s “In Lieu of Flowers Send Memes,” ArtAgenda, June 9, 2017.
Zellen, Jody. “Brian Bress: “In Lieu of Flowers Send Memes” at Cherry and Martin,” Art and Cake, May 25, 2017.
Martin, Olivia. “New order: sex, Trump and rock ‘n’ roll at Frieze New York 2017,” Wallpaper* (online), May 15, 2017.
Barton, Dave. “The Human Condition is Explained in OCMA’s ‘Make Your Own Friends’,” OC Weekly, October 26, 2016.
Goldner, Liz. “OCMA: Brian Bress,” Artillery, October 12, 2016.
Khalid, Sadia. “Alum creates absurdist video installation to convey love for cartoons.” Daily Bruin, September 28, 2016.
Watson, Denise. “Norfolk native Brian Bress brings his video-based work back home to the Chrysler Museum of Art,” The Virginian Pilot, September 13, 2016.
Smith, Hillary. “Norfolk native will showcase video art in Chrysler Museum.” Southside Daily, August 16, 2016 (online).
Perry, Dave. “WATCH THIS: A long last look through your neighbors’ windows and a longer look at your new best friends at the Denver Museum of Contemporary Art,” Aurora Sentinel, May 24, 2016.
Paglia, Michael. “Review: Four Impressive Solos at MCA Denver,” Westword, April 13, 2016.
Del Signore, John. “Brillo Pad Art & Levitating Meteorite: Inside The Armory Show 2016,” The Gothamist, March 3, 2016.
Hollenback, Ruth. “MCA Welcomes Four New Artists to Denver,” Clarion, February 26, 2016.
Steadman, Ryan. “5 Must-See Booths at the Art Los Angeles Contemporary Fair.” Observer Culture (online) January 25, 2016.
Abrams, Nora Burnett and Whitney Tassie. Brian Bress: Make Your Own Friends, Denver, CO: Museum of Contemporary Art Denver, 2016.
Cotton, Charlotte, Photography is Magic. New York: Aperture Foundation, Inc., 2015. Print.
Michno, Christopher. “How 1980s Aesthetics Influence Contemporary Artists Today.” KCET. December 15, 2015.
Ed., “salt 12: Brian Bress: Make Your Own Friends,” Salt Lake City Weekly, October 12, 2015.
Hegert, Natalie. “Brian Bress and Friends: On Video and Objects, Illusion and Empathy,”, October 7, 2015.
Rossiter, Shawn. “Hide and Seek: Brian Bress’ Make Your Own Friends at UMFA,” 15 Bytes, October 2015, p. 5.
Hill, Scotti. “New Brian Bress Exhibit at UMFA Escapes Classification To Create Unique Experience,” Deseret News, September 26, 2015.
Warchol, Glen. “Staff Picks: Art Collides at UMFA,” Salt Lake City Weekly, October 15, 2015.
Zhou, Kathy. “Go, Find And Make Your Own Friends: Brian Bress @ UMFA,” Slug Magazine, September 21, 2015.
Means, Sean P. “Mixing New Art of Brian Bress with Classics at UMFA,” The Salt Lake Tribune, September 17th, 2015
Cheh, Carol. “Profile: Brian Bress,” Art Ltd., September, 2015
Berardini, Andrew. “Brian Bress: You Can’t Sleep On A Door,” ArtReview (January/February 2015), p. 139.
Kurchanova, Natasha. “Brian Bress: ‘I Come To Video With The Agenda of a Painter,’” Studio International, December, 19, 2014.
Pagel, David. “Around the Galleries: A Gentle, Subtle Allure,” Los Angeles Times, Friday, December 19, 2014, p. D15, 2014.
Diehl, Travis. Sniff The Space Flat On Your Face. Orange, CA: Chapman University/Guggenheim Gallery, 2014.
Leonardo, Kathy. “Brian Bress Creates Art In Action at Cherry & Martin,” Santa Monica Mirror, Nov. 28, 2014.
Wagley, Catherine. “5 Arty Things To Do in LA This Week, Including a Dog with a Pink Leg,” (excerpt), LA Weekly, November 25, 2014.
Zevitas, Steven. “Must-See Painting Shows: November/December 2014,” Huffington Post, November 20, 2014.
Editor, “Top 100 Fall Shows 2014,” Modern Painters, September 2014.
Albertini, Rosanna. “Leaden with Sleep,”, August 31, 2014.
Vankin, Deborah. “Another Cats Show at 356 Mission is all about fun with felines,” Los Angeles Times, August 20, 2014, p. D3.
Martinez, Alanna. “5 Artists to Watch at Paris Photo LA’s Solo Booths, Brian Bress (excerpt)”, BlouinArtInfo, April 25, 2014, (online).
Nys Dambrot, Shana. “SoCal Represents at Paris Photo L.A. 2014: Brian Bress” (excerpt), KCET Artbound, April 24, 2014.
Frank, Priscilla. “10 Contemporary Photographers Who Are Pushing The Boundaries Of Their Medium.” The Huffington Post, April 11, 2014.
Gonzalez, Rita and Erin Wright. “On View at the Stark Bar: Brian Bress’s Idiom (Brian, Raffi, Britt),” Unframed The LACMA Blog, December 24, 2013.
Ed. “Top 10 L.A. Artists Coveted by Hollywood,” The Hollywood Reporter, November 4, 2013, (online).
Zellen, Jodie, “Exhibitions Reviewed and Previewed,” ArtScene, September 2013, pp. 26-27.
Harvey, Trevor. “Wonderful and Weird Universe.” (Review of The Universal Addressability of Dumb Things) Hastings & St Leonards Observer (Main), 9 August, 2013, p. 51.
Wullschlager, Jackie. “Critics Choice: The Scadalized Mask,” Financial Times, June 15, 2013.
Woodard, Josef. “The Art That Was, and Continues to Be,” Scene Magazine, December 28, 2012- January 3, 2013, pp. 46- 47.
Cotton, Charlotte. Photography is Magic!. exhibition catalog, Daegu Photo Biennale 2012, pp. 48- 51.
Woodard, Josef. “Art as Funny ‘Hmm,'” Scene Magazine October 5, 2012.
Woodward, Josef, “Lurking in Between Zones,” Scene Magazine, July 20-26, 2012, p. 47
Casillas, Jeanette. “Interventions: Brian Bress,” CASA Magazine, July 20, 2012, p. 17.
Smith, Sarah-Neel. “Brian Bress: Childrenʼs TV shows and trompe lʼoeil,” Frieze, June-August 2012, no 148, p. 170- 171.
Crosier, Kristin. “Critically Acclaimed Artist Showcases First Western-U.S. Solo Exhibit at SBMA,” Santa Barbara Seasons Blog, May 15, 2012.
Diehl, Travis. “Brian Bress,” Artforum, April 2012, vol. 50, no. 8, p. 220.
Jecu, Marta. “Meet Los Angeles- Based Artist and Filmmaker Brian Bress,” Kaleidoscope, Spring 2012, Issue 14. p. 42.
Zellen, Jody. “Brian Bress,” Artillery, March 2012.
Berardini, Andrew. “Brian Bress,” Art Review, March 2012, Issue 57, pp. 126-127.
Harvey, Doug. “Brian Bress,” Art in America, March 2012.
Washburn, Stephanie. “Glimpses: Octopi and Other Loves, an Interview with Brian Bress,” Zócalo Public Square, February 24, 2012.
Shaw, Michael. “Continuing and Recommended,” ArtScene, February 20, 2012.
Schimpf, Esteban. “Brian Bress: Underperforming,” After the Exhibition, February 6, 2012.
Yue, Genevieve. “Brian Bress,” CRITIC’S PICKS, Artforum, January 30, 2012.
Plagens, Peter. “The Edge of a New Frontier,” The Wall Street Journal, January 24, 2012.
Wagley, Catherine. “Brian Bress’ Wacky Videos Starring Scary Puppets and Gene Kelly,” LA Weekly, January 19, 2012.
Pagel. David. “The Piercing Eye of the Camera,” Los Angeles Times, January 12, 2012.
Wagley, Catherine. “Eight Reasons Why L.A. Art Is the Way it Is,” LA Weekly, September 22, 2011.
Suarez de Jesus, Carlos. “Optic Nerve XIII: And the Winner Is…” Miami New Times, August 29, 2011.
Bennett, Lennie. “Videos intrigue, inform in ‘Stagecraft’ at the USF Contemporary Art Museum,” St. Petersberg Times, August 28, 2011.
Berardini, Andrew. “Memoirs of Ourselves Watching TV: The Disconcerningly Real Works of Brian Bress,” Mousse, issue 27, January 11, 2011, pp 78-85.
Hohmann, Silke. “Fraulein Wurst unter Palmen,” MONOPOL, December 2, 2010.
Tarley, Phil. “Los Angeles Takes the Show,”, December 2010.
Berardini, Andrew. “Playing at Work: Interview with Brian Bress,” ARTslant, November 2010.
Landes, Jennifer. “Pop Goes the Underground,” The East Hampton Star, September 23, 2010.
Johnson, Ken. “The Allure of the Homespun in the Maw of the Digital Age,” The New York Times, September 2, 2010.
Parks, Steve. “No soup cans in this Pop Art,” Long Island Newsday, August 11, 2010.
“‘Underground Pop” exhibition opens at Parrish Art Museum,” The East Hampton Press and The Southampton Press, August 10, 2010.
“‘Underground Pop’ New Exhibition at Parrish Art Museum,”, August 2, 2010.
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.


Hammer Museum, Los Angeles, CA
Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Los Angeles, 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
Utah Museum of Fine Arts, Salt Lake City, UT
Weisman Art Foundation, Los Angeles, CA
Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, NY