Waiting for Orange Rig.
Brian Bress has described himself as coming to video with the agenda of a painter. His single- and multi-channel videos address the connections between film, photography and painting, and the two-dimensional picture plane these mediums share. Presented as wall-mounted HD monitor works, Bress’s videos unfold as a soundless, digital loop in which isolated actors (often the artist himself) perform in various forms of dress. The faces, torsos, and arms of these characters are obscured by painted masks and suits. They face frontal and use the HD monitor’s screen as a picture plane through which they cut with reciprocating saws to reveal their own presence.
Brian received a BFA in film, animation and video from the Rhode Island School of Design in Providence, Rhode Island, in 1998, and an MFA in Painting and Drawing from the University of California, Los Angeles, in 2006. In 2007 Brian attended the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture in Skowhegan, Main.