Abner Preis is a story-teller whose work is rooted in personal aspirations to give one hope in a situation that seems hopeless, to transfer the ability to laugh at sadness, and to seduce viewers into seeing beauty in bleak objects by offering compositions that play to emotion before aesthetics. What his extensive research, sensitivity and awareness provide is the simple and extremely difficult ability to tell a story with visuals that can be felt before they are understood. You can take it in at first glance, but generally don’t bargain for what happens once you’ve opened the door. What you see is what you get. There’s just a whole lot stacked beneath that, which you probably won’t be as quick to notice. Part of his success here can be attributed to painterly decisions such a palette and line. Today he uses Sharpie’s and Crayons instead of acrylics or oils, and the results are every bit as beautiful.
Abner Preis has recently presented solo exhibitions such as ‘The Adventures of the Great Abnerio‘ at Showroom Mama (Rotterdam, 2011), ‘The Superhero Project’ (Brussels, Istanbul, Miami, Herford, 2010/11) and participated to group shows, most notably ‘More Crisis More Performance (Brakke Grond, Amsterdam 2011) and ‘Light- Part 2,’ which also featured Terrence Koh and the Chapman Brothers. Preis earned a BFA at the Tyler School of Fine Arts, and has been the recipient of several artist residencies in Amsterdam, Rome, Berlin and Rotterdam. In 2010, he was nominated for the Illy Prize at Art Rotterdam and more recently has featured at the Twente Bienalle, Art Amsterdam, Design Week Istanbul and the Rotterdam International film festival while touring as a performance artist both independently and with his group, the Dogs of Shame.