Sunset Peacock, 2018
Brian Bress is a Los Angeles based artist and filmmaker who creates absurd, circular narrative films driven by the circumstances of a bizarre cast of ridiculously costumed characters, more often than not played by Bress himself. Though they rely predominantly on homemade props and costumes, Bress’s videos are visually innovative and their inherent silliness and rambling pace only serve to intensify the examination of assumptions about the nature of reality. He is also known for his collage-like portraits that feature costumed actors wearing strange masks that obscure their faces. By disguising the identities of the sitters, Bress heightens the level of uncertainty in the work to humorous levels. Brian Bress (b. 1975) received a BFA from Rhode Island School of Design and a MFA from University of California, Los Angeles.