Los Angeles Art Gallery Tours

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Brian Bress, Beadman (Parker), 2012, High definition single-channel video (color), high definition monitor and player, wall mount, Ed. of 1 + 1AP, 50.6 x 32.4 inches, 1 min., 06 sec., loop

Brian Bress, Beadman (Parker), 2012, High definition single-channel video (color), high definition monitor and player, wall mount, Ed. of 1 + 1AP, 50.6 x 32.4 inches, 1 min., 06 sec., loop

Lilting somewhere in the perfumed mist that conjoins The Residents, David Lynch and the Muppets is Brian Bress’ new show,  Under Performing at Cherry and Martin in Culver City (the toast of the early January evening when Culver City’s galleries opened their first exhibitions of 2012.)

Employing a disarming DIY approach to his own highly-visual brand of absurd, yet psychologically-charged video art,  Bress has assembled an impressive collection of video pieces that – given their color-coordinated frames, nearly static imagery and occasionally recognizable allusions to specific painters or artistic periods – read much more like paintings than narrative video.  Also accompanying these relatively static videos is a more traditionally narrative video piece, which (notwithstanding a moment or two of irritating artworld condescension) sets the otherworldly tone (and soundtrack) for the rest of the show. (more…)


Under the Big Black Sun: California Art 1974-1981

Okay, I finally made it to Under the Big Black Sun: California Art 1974-1981 at MoCA’s The Geffen Contemporary and had the unusual skin-crawling experience of feeling simultaneously exhilarated and disappointed – a fundamental conflict between my artist self and my Los-Angeles-Art-Gallery-Tours-director self. (more…)