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Brian Getnick is a Los Angeles based artist who creates sculpture, costumes and set pieces for performances that slalom between political satire and collective ritual. Getnick fabricates precarious monuments, cartoonish effigies, and totemic statuary anticipating their transformation at the hands of the performers he collaborates with. Mirroring this process is a critical view he takes towards stable representations of an “antagonistic other”. Instead, his work is a confrontation with his own psyche and by extension, the shared values, myths and power struggles of a left leaning public.

Curriculum Vitae:

Brian Getnick, born Utica, NY, 1976

2004 MFA, Fiber and Material Studies, School of the Art Institute, Chicago, IL
1998, BA, Studio Art, Vassar College, Poughkeepsie, NY
Selected Exhibitions and Performances
2021 (anticipated) “Prime Time”, Norton Simon Museum, Pasadena, CA
2019 “Secret Joy” Human Resources Los Angeles
2018 “Cowboy” in collaboration with Dorothy Dubrule, LAPP
“The Past”, Margarethe Drexel Studio, Los Angeles, CA
“Punishment’s Place” Human Resources Los Angeles, CA
“Assembly of the Punishment Place” Pieter PASD and POST gallery LA, CA
2017 “Artefacts of the Theater” Central Park Gallery and USC Irvine Graduate studios, LA, CA
2016 “Moonchops”, solo show, Automata, Los Angeles, CA
“Chorus”, Summer Camp, Los Angeles, CA
“Chorus”, Driveway 327, Venice, CA
2015 “Choreography of the old Magician”, Boris R, Los Angeles, CA
“A chain of memory thaws in the woods”, PAM, Los Angeles, CA
2014 “Music for Evidence”, Machine Projects, Los Angeles, CA
“One Good Spell” Honor Fraser Gallery, Los Angeles, CA
2013 “The Pest Horse”, Station Independent Projects, New York, NY
“RGB”, Monte Vista Projects, Los Angeles CA
“The Memories Themselves” KUNSTEN - Museum of Modern Art,Copenhagen, Denmark
“Tell Me Not To Be Afraid”, Honor Fraser Gallery, Los Angeles, CA
2012 “Memories: The Memories Themselves, Redcat, Los Angeles, CA
“Three Little Numbers”, LACE, Los Angeles, CA,
“A Delight for Children and the Elderly”, Torrance Art Museum, Los Angeles, CA

2014-present founder/director of PAM, a venue and residency for long form performance
2011-2017 founder, co-director with Tanya Rubbak of Native Strategies, the performance
journal of LA

Awards and Honors
2019 Wallis Annenberg Helix Fellowship
2016 Nominated for Art Matters Grant
2008 Nominated for the 4th Annual Performance Prize, Galleria Civica, Trento Italy