Bio and Resume

b. Utica, NY, 1976
Lives and works in Los Angeles, CA

Brian Getnick is an artist and facilitator of contemporary performance in Los Angeles whose performance work animates symbolically charged sculptural figures and conceptually engages conflicts between personal and societal myths. After receiving his MFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago in 2004 he moved to Los Angeles and developed a performance practice in the city’s underground queer club culture. In 2011 he founded LA’s performance art journal Native Strategies in collaboration with co-director Tanya Rubbak. In December 2014 he founded PAM, a theater and a residency program for performance artists who wish to make long form work. From February 2014 - May 2016 he was the solo performer in Ligia Lewis’s Sorrow Swag, winner of the Prix Jardin, Impulstanz Austria in 2015 and is currently engaged as a member of the ensemble “Lost Privilege Company” led by Asher Hartman. He is developing a body of sculptural and performative works honing in on the monument: its messages of subjugation and mythology as well as its precarity in the sphere of contemporary American politics

Selected Exhibitions and Performances

“Cowboy” in collaboration with Dorothy Dubrule, Los Angeles Performance Practice Festival
“The Past”, Margarethe Drexel Studio, Los Angeles, CA
“Lost Privilege Company”, directed by Asher Hartman, Visions and Voices series, USC Brain Theater, Los Angeles, CA and 18th Street Art Center, Santa Monica, CA
“Punishment’s Place” Human Resources Los Angeles, CA
“Assembly of the Punishment Place” Pieter PASD and POST gallery LA, CA

“Artefacts of the Theater” Central Park Gallery and USC Irvine Graduate studios, LA, CA 2016
“Moonchops”, solo show, Automata, Los Angeles, CA
“Chorus” at “Unseen”, Summer Camp, Los Angeles, CA and at “Corps”,  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

“The Pest Horse”, Station Independent Projects, New York, NY “RGB”, Monte Vista Projects, Los Angeles CA
“The Memories Themselves”, Out of Fashion, KUNSTEN at Museum of Modern Art, Copenhagen, Denmark
“Tell Me Not To Be Afraid”, Honor Fraser Gallery, Los Angeles, CA

“Memories: The Memories Themselves, Redcat, Los Angeles, CA
“Three Little Numbers”, Los Angeles Contemporary Exhibitions, Los Angeles, CA

“A Delight for Children and the Elderly”, Torrance Art Museum, Los Angeles, CA

2010 “Good Cop Bad Ass”, Human Resources, Los Angeles, CA
“The Adored Young Man”, Highways Performance Space, Los Angeles, CA

“The Gentlemen’s Gentlemen”, a collaboration with Noe Kidder, Croxhapox, Ghent, BE 2008
“Triumph of Goodness” Teatro Sociale, Trento, Italy

Awards and Honors
2016 Nominated for Art Matters Grant
2015 Sorrow Swag wins Prix Jardin, Impulstanz, Vienna, Austria
2008 Nominated for the 4th Annual Performance Prize, Galleria Civica, Trento Italy

Selected Press
Interview with Will Rawls for Movement Research,
Critical Correspondence Interview with Ligia Lewis for Performance Now with Carol Cheh and John Tain, on KCHUNG Radio
Article by Alicia Eler for KCET Los Angeles, Art Bound
Interview with Leah Oates for New York Arts Magazine
Interview with Alicia Eler for Hyperallergenic,
"Printing the Performative Object" Article by Megan Steinman for Another Righteous Transfer,
"Fabricated Identities, Megan Steinman considers Narcissister and Brian Getnick"
Interview with Geoff Tuck for Notes on Looking

2014 — present, director of PAM, a residency program and theater in Highland Park, Los Angeles
2011 — present, co-director with Tanya Rubbak of Native Strategies, Performance Art Journal of Los Angeles

Performance Employment
January 2018-ongoing, ensemble performer in Asher Hartman’s “Lost Privilege Company”
January 26, 2018 ensemble performer in Grand Lady Dance House’s “The Subjugation”
February 2014 - May 2016 solo performer in “Sorrow Swag”, Choreographed by Ligia Lewis, Music by George Lewis Jr. aka Twin Shadow

Selected Teaching experience
October 2017-present, instructor in videography and editing, Waldorf Highschool, Pasadena, CA
October 2014 -present, guest artist / instructor: Performance Art in Practice and Curation, Pomona College, Claremont, CA 2013-2014, Instructor in Art History and Performance, Woodbury University