Expo Chicago
September 27 - 30, 2018

Brian Bress
Tomory Dodge

Booths 364 & 366


Images / Press Release

Brian Bress
Organizing The Physical Evidence (Gradients on Gradients)
2018
High definition dual-channel video (color), two high definition monitors and players, wall mounts, framed
49 x 39.5 x 4 inches
TRT: 16 min., 36 sec., loop


Brian Bress
Cloud Jokes
2018
High definition single-channel video (color), high definition monitor and player, wall mount, framed
39.5 x 23.25  x 3.25 inches
24 min., 00 sec., loop

Tomory Dodge
Barbarian
2018
Oil on canvas
60 x 60 inches, 152.4 x 152.4 centimeters

Tomory Dodge
Mean Uncle
2018
Oil on canvas
48 x 40 inches, 121.92 x 101.6 centimeters


At the 2018 edition of Expo Chicago, Philip Martin Gallery is proud to present two booths: the first featuring a solo exhibition of Brian Bress’s wall-mounted, monitor-based video works; the second featuring a solo exhibition of Tomory Dodge’s oil-on-canvas paintings. Philip Martin Gallery’s adjacent booths are 364 & 366.

Brian BRESS (b. 1975, Norfolk, VA) will exhibit four new videos, each exploring a different nature motif — clouds, dunes, palms and flowers. The booth will also feature Bress’s diptych video, "Organizing The Physical Evidence (Gradients on Gradients)” and the “drawer” triptych, “Astronauts #1 (on broken circles and lines).”

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. All the costumes we see in Bress’s works are made in his studio, as are shallow sets in which his characters act. While the mechanics of the camera rationalize Bress’s actions two-dimensionally, the action in the studio is physical. There are no special effects. Upcoming projects for Brian Bress include a solo presentation at the Akron Museum of Art, “Brian Bress: Pictures Become You,” October 13, 2018 - April 14, 2019, and the group exhibition, “Paradox: The Body in the Age of Al,” at Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburg, PA, October 5, 2018 - February 3, 2019.

Tomory DODGE (b. 1974, Denver, CO) will present new medium and large-scale abstract oil-on-canvas paintings. The 72 x 60 inch painting, “Elephant,” recently seen in a Dodge’s solo exhibition at the LUX Art Institute (Encinitas, CA), is a densely layered picture exploring the representation and mechanics of painting. The 48 x 36 inch painting, “Nocturne,” emphasizes figure/ground relationships, the sense of the picture plane and the visual push/pull of abstract space.

Tomory Dodge writes, “I have often talked about paintings being inherently contradictory things. They are objects that are spaces, walls that are windows. They are the intersection of object and image. Painting maintains a physical anchor at a time when the image generally is becoming more and more ethereal — everywhere and nowhere at the same time.“ Tomory Dodge’s work at Expo Chicago is presented in collaboration with Miles McEenry Gallery, New York, where Dodge will have a solo exhibition in the spring of 2019.

EXPO CHICAGO is located at Chicago's historic Navy Pier in the Festival Hall | 600 E Grand Ave, Chicago IL 60611.

Philip Martin Gallery adjacent booths are 364 & 366.

Fair hours are:

Thursday, September 27 | 6:00pm–9:00pm
A benefit for the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago, presented by the MCA Women's Board. For tickets and more information, click here.
Friday, September 28 | 11:00am – 7:00pm
Saturday, September 29 | 11:00am – 7:00pm
Sunday, September 30 | 11:00am – 6:00pm

Brian BRESS (b. 1974, Denver, CO) received his BFA from the Rhode Island School of Design in 1998, and his MFA from the University of California, Los Angeles, in 2006. His will be featured in the upcoming solo presentation at the Akron Museum of Art, “Brian Bress: Pictures Become You,” October 13, 2018 - April 14, 2019, and the group exhibition, “Paradox: The Body in the Age of Al,” at Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburg, PA, October 5, 2018 - February 3, 2019. Bress’s work was recently the subject of the following solo and group exhibitions: “Screens: Virtual Material,” (DeCordova Sculpture Park and Museum, Boston, MA); “In the Box: Brian Bress” (Chrysler Museum of Art, Norfolk, VA); “The Imperfect Tense (for Josef Albers)” (Baltimore Museum of Art, Baltimore, MD); “Commercial Break” (Public Art Fund, New York, NY); and “2016 Moving Image Biennial” (Centre d'Art Contemporain Geneva, Switzerland). Brian Bress’s 2015-16 touring exhibition, “Brian Bress: Make Your Own Friends,” opened at Utah Museum of Fine Arts (Salt Lake City, UT); and traveled to Museum of Contemporary Art Denver (Denver, CO); and Orange County Museum of Art (Newport Beach, CA). Bress has had solo exhibitions and projects at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (Los Angeles, CA); Museo d'arte contemporanea (MACRO) (Rome, Italy); Santa Barbara Museum of Art (Santa Barbara, CA); and New Museum (New York, NY). His work is the collections of Frederick R. Weisman Art Foundation (Los Angeles, CA); Hammer Museum (Los Angeles, CA); Los Angeles County Museum of Art (Los Angeles, CA); Loyola University Museum of Art (Chicago, IL); Museum of Contemporary Art (Chicago, IL);  Museum of Contemporary Art (San Diego, CA); Norton Museum of Art (West Palm Beach, FL); Palm Springs Museum of Art (Palm Springs, CA);  Portland Museum of Art (Portland, OR); San Diego Museum of Art (San Diego, CA); Santa Barbara Museum of Art (Santa Barbara, CA); Smart Museum of Art, University of Chicago (Chicago, IL); Utah Museum of Fine Arts (Salt Lake City, UT); Whitney Museum of American Art (New York, NY). He lives and works in Los Angeles, CA.

Tomory DODGE (b. 1974, Denver, CO) received his BFA from the Rhode Island School of Design in 1998, and his MFA from the California Institute of the Arts in 2004. In the summer of 2018, Dodge’s work was the subject of a solo exhibition at LUX Art Institute (Encinitas, CA). Recent solo and group exhibitions featuring Tomory Dodge’s work include, “Stranger Than Paradise,” Rhode Island School of Design Museum (Providence, RI); “Grafforists,” Torrance Art Museum (Torrance, CA); “Nowism”, Pizzuti Collection (Columbus, OH); “An Appetite For Painting”, National Museum (Oslo, Norway); “Pouring It On”, Herter Art Gallery, University of Massachusetts (Amherst, MA); “Tomory Dodge and Denise Thomasos: Directions to a Dirty Place,” Southeastern Center for Contemporary Art (Winston-Salem, NC); “Future Tense: Reshaping the Landscape,” Neuberger Museum of Art (Purchase, NY); “American Soil,” Nerman Museum of Contemporary Art (Overland Park, KS); “Sheldon Survey,” Sheldon Memorial Gallery, University of Nebraska (Lincoln, NE). Dodge’s work is the subject of several monographic catalogs and has been discussed in such publications as Art Forum, Flash Art, Modern Painters, Art Review, Los Angeles Times and New York Times. His work is in the collections of such museums as Berkeley Art Museum (Berkeley, CA); Henry Art Gallery (Seattle, WA); Dallas Museum of Art (Dallas, TX); Knoxville Museum of Art (Knoxville, TN); Los Angeles County Museum of Art (Los Angeles, CA); Nerman Museum of Contemporary Art (Overland Park, KS); Orange County Museum of Art (Newport Beach, CA); Orlando Museum of Art (Orlando, FL); RISD Museum, Rhode Island School of Design (Providence, RI); San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, (San Francisco, CA); Smithsonian American Art Museum (Washington, DC); Whitney Museum of American Art (New York, NY); Weatherspoon Art Museum (Greensboro, NC); Yale University Art Gallery (New Haven, CT). Dodge lives and works in Los Angeles.

Philip Martin Gallery hours are Tuesday through Saturday from 11am-6pm and by appointment. For further information and images please contact the gallery at +310-559-0100 or info@philipmartingallery.com.

Philip Martin Gallery
2712 S. La Cienega Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90034
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