artist / participant
Brian Bress: Make Your Own Friends surveys the last ten years of the artist’s practice, bringing together video, sculpture, and works on paper for the first time. The works on view highlight the artist’s unique process that migrates from two dimensions to three and back again. Bress’s imaginative characters are born as doodles or collages, take shape as sculptural costumes, and come to life on video, as they are performed in front of elaborately composed backdrops. Connecting the past with the present, Bress’s “friends” imaginatively breach disciplinary distinctions amongst painting, drawing, sculpture, performance, and video.
Brian Bress: Make Your Own Friends is jointly organized by Nora Burnett Abrams, Curator at the Museum of Contemporary Art Denver, and Whitney Tassie, Curator of Modern and Contemporary Art at the Utah Museum of Fine Arts, where it remains on view September 18, 2015—January 10, 2016.
The exhibition is sponsored in part by the Director’s Vision Society members and the Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts. MCA Denver also thanks the citizens of the Scientific and Cultural Facilities District. The exhibition catalogue is made possible by the Elizabeth Firestone Graham Foundation and Cherry and Martin.