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Brian Bress, Creative Ideas for Every Season, 2010, still from a color HD video, 19 minutes 58 seconds.

Brian Bress

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Brian Bress, Creative Ideas for Every Season, 2010, still from a color HD video, 19 minutes 58 seconds.

Self-described Abstract Expressionist painter Agnes Martin spent the last three decades of her life in the seclusion of her New Mexico studio. Though she often exhibited alongside Minimalists such as Sol LeWitt and Donald Judd, Martin famously insisted that great art responds purely and unthinkingly to inspiration—a way of working only possible with a vacant mind. Such a notion may seem quaint in the context of much idea-heavy art, but it is only partially alien to the work of Los Angeles–based artist Brian Bress. In his most recent show, the requisite references, slickness, and self-reflexivity of Conceptualism posed awkwardly with the more intuitive, “untheorizable” aspects of the artistic process. Art serves as a painfully literal expressive vehicle in the video Creative Ideas for Every Season, 2010, in which a prop car piloted by a Martin look-alike crawls through a

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