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We are pausing our exhibition program while we remodel our Marcia and John Price Museum Building and reinstall our permanent galleries. During this temporary closure, the twelfth salt exhibition, Brian Bress: Make Your Own Friends, will be traveling to museums across the country. New salt exhibitions will resume at the UMFA in 2017. 

Brian Bress: Make Your Own Friends

Orange County Museum of Art (OCMA) | August 6, 2016–December 4, 2016

Museum of Contemporary Art Denver | February 20, 2016July 3, 2016



Brian Bress: Make Your Own Friends 

Brian Bress: Make Your Own Friends is the twelfth installment of the UMFA salt series. This exhibition, which brings together works on paper, sculptural costumes, and video portraits from the last ten years of Bress's career, is the most significant presentation of the artist's work to date and positions Bress as one of the most innovative, cross-disciplinary artists of our time. The Los Angeles-based artist is known for his fictional anthropomorphic characters, which he brings to life out of thrift-store finds and upholstery foam with casual doodles, cartoon animation, paint, and video cameras.

Brian Bress includes nearly forty objects which are installed throughout the Museum—from the lobby to the salt gallery, and interspersed within the permanent collection galleries. The exhibition highlights the artist's unique process and engagement with the history of art. 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.

Brian Bress: Make Your Own Friends is jointly organized by the UMFA and the Museum of Contemporary Art Denver (MCA Denver), and curated by Whitney Tassie, UMFA curator of modern and contemporary art, and Nora Burnett Abrams, MCA Denver curator. The salt series is made possible by the Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts and the UMFA Friends of Contemporary Art (FoCA).

UMFA | Brian Bress: Make Your Own Friends essay


Brian Bress, Three Faces, 2014, high definition three-channel video (color), high definition monitors and players, wall mounts, framed, 3-part, 37.75 x 73.5 x 4 inches, installed, 20 minutes, 1 second, loop, courtesy of Cherry and Martin, Los Angeles, ©Brian Bress. | Brian Bress, Cowboy (Brian led by Peter Kirby), 2012, high definition single-channel video (color), high definition monitor and player, wall mount, framed, 38.375 x 23.125 x 4 inches, 30 minutes, 19 seconds, loop, courtesy of Cherry and Martin, Los Angeles, ©Brian Bress.


Brian Bress,

previous salt exhibition essays

salt 12: Brian Bress

salt 11: Duane Linklater

salt 10: Conrad Bakker

salt 9: Jillian Mayer

salt 8: Shigeyuki Kihara

salt 7: Lynette Yiadom-Boakye

salt 6: Emre Hüner

salt 5: Daniel Everett

salt 4: Xaviera Simmons

salt 3: Cyprien Gaillard

salt 2: Sophie Whettnall

salt 1: Adriana Lara

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