John Bress: Help Make Your Own Buddies may be the twelfth installment from the UMFA salt series. This exhibition, that can bring together creates paper, sculptural costumes, and video portraits in the last 10 years of Bress's career, is easily the most significant presentation from the artist's work up to now and positions Bress among the state-of-the-art, mix-disciplinary artists in our time. The La-based artist is renowned for his imaginary anthropomorphic figures, that they gives existence from thrift-store finds and fabric foam with casual doodles, cartoon animation, fresh paint, and camcorders.
John Bress includes nearly forty objects that are installed through the Museum—from the lobby towards the salt gallery, and interspersed inside the permanent collection art galleries. The exhibition highlights the artist's unique process and engagement using the good reputation for art. Bress's imaginative figures are born as doodles or collages, take shape as sculptural costumes, and are available to existence on video because they are carried out before ornately composed background objects.
John Bress: Help Make Your Own Buddies is collectively organized through the UMFA and also the Museum of recent Art Colorado (MCA Colorado), and curated by Whitney Tassie, UMFA curator of contemporary and modern art, and Nora Burnett Abrams, MCA Colorado curator. The salt series is thanks to the Andy Warhol Reason for Visual Arts and also the UMFA Buddies of recent Art (FoCA).John Bress, Three Faces, 2014, hi-def three-funnel video (color), hi-def monitors and gamers, wall mounts, presented, 3-part, 37.75 x 73.5 x 4 inches, installed, twenty minutes, 1 second, loop, thanks to Cherry and Martin, La, ©Brian Bress. John Bress, Cowboy (John brought by Peter Kirby), 2012, hi-def single-funnel video (color), hi-def monitor and player, wall-mounted, presented, 38.375 x 23.125 x 4 inches, half an hour, 19 seconds, loop, thanks to Cherry and Martin, La, ©Brian Bress.