Abner Preis

 

Abner Preis was born in Hadera (Israel, 1975) and raised in Philadelphia, where he earned a BFA at Tyler School of Fine Arts and is presently working on an MFA at the Dutch Art Institute Arnhem, NL. The artist is known for his interactive public performances and mixed-media work, with the concept of traditional story-telling as the central aspect. Appropriation, the element of surprise, participation, playfulness and political and social engagement are elements that appear throughout Preis’ work, whether performance, drawing, video, installation or photography.

Preis has exhibited his work and performed in important institutions such as Showroom Mama, Art Amsterdam, Museum Jan Cunen, De Kunsthal, Dordrechts Museum, IFFR (International Film Festival Rotterdam) and the Philadelphia Museum of Art. Preis has been the recipient of several artist residencies in Amsterdam, Rome, Vienna and Berlin, and was nominated for the Illy Prize at Art Rotterdam in 2010. He regularly performs in international art and public spaces, independently or in collaboration with his collective, The Dogs of Shame. Preis lives and works in Amsterdam.

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Education

2012-13
Master of Fine Arts, Dutch Art Institute, Arnhem, the Netherlands

2001
BFA, Tyler School of Fine Arts - Painting, Art History, Philadelphia, USA

2000
Temple University, Rome, Italy

1995-97
Prescott College School of Environmental Science, USA

1997
Independent study Mexican Murals and Masks, The Silver Route, Mexico

1996 
Marine Ecology and Environmental studies, South Water Key, Belize City, Belize

Selected Solo Exhibitions

2017
The Mask Maker and The Tree, Framer Framed, Amsterdam, NL

2016
The Circus, All Together Now, Rotterdam, NL
Eat Shit Smile, Harlan Levey Projects, Brussels, BE

2015
Voyager, Nieuwe Vide, Haarlem, NL
Jelly Fish Hate Life on Earth, Gallery Gabriel Rolt, Amsterdam, NL

2014
Born again, TETEM kunstruimte, Enschede, NL

2013
The Plague Doctors, Harlan Levey Projects, Brussels, BE

2012 
The Accidental Champion, Gabriel Rolt Gallery, Amsterdam, NL
Running with Rocky, Harlan Levey Projects, Brussels, BE

2011 
The Adventures of the Great Abnerio, Showroom MAMA, Rotterdam, NL
Solo as part of the Twente Biennial, Rijksmuseum Twente, Enschede, NL

2010
Brothers in Arms, World of Witte de With Quarters arts festival, Rotterdam, NL
The Struggles of a Superhero: An Introvert and a Rising Star, Zaal 5, Filmhuis, Den Haag, NL

2009
Bear Man and Alice, Kunsthuis SYB, Beetsterzwaag, NL

Selected Group Exhibitions

2016
Bosè Clowns Re Loaded, Kunst Pliese Erlegen, DE
The Big Draw, Tetem, Enschede, NL
Making Product, All Together Now, Rotterdam, NL

2015
Arcadia, Folklore, Nature and the Neighbours, Diepenheim, NL
Do It, Kunsthal, Rotterdam, NL

2014 
Opening with a Stitch, Galerie Gabriel Rolt, Amsterdam, NL
Dutch Art Institute: Using the museum, Van Abbemuseum, Eindhoven, NL
Bending Colours, Galerie Gabriel Rolt, Amsterdam, NL
Théâtre de l’absurde, Galerie Gabriel Rolt, Amsterdam, NL

2013 
The Heavy Meddle Generator, Museum Twentse Welle, Enschede, NL
Heavy Merry Finland, Titanic Gallery, Turku, FI
K.O. anti-sportsbar, TETEM kunstruimte, Enschede, NL

2012 
The Kids Are All Right, Kunsthal, Rotterdam, NL
Sweatboxing II, Galleria Leto, Warsaw, PL

2011-12 

Super Hero Project, Cologne, DE, Istanbul, TR, Mexico City, MX

2011 
To All Tomorrow’s Parties, TENT, Rotterdam, NL
Den Bosch Film Festival, CBK Den Bosch, Den Bosch, NL
Pièce de Resistance, Mediamatic Lab, Amsterdam, NL
Light Show II, Gabriel Rolt Gallery, Amsterdam, NL
The Great Abnerio’s Circus, IFFR, Rotterdam, NL

2010 
The Rappical, Moddr Institute for Media, Berlin & Amsterdam, DE, NL
Don’t Worry Be Happy, Showroom MAMA, Rotterdam, NL
SCHWARZWALD Heavy Metal III, Noordkaap, Dordrecht, NL

2009 
Happy Ever After, Galerie Brot Und Spiele, Berlin, DE
The Love Tour, Urban Affairs, Berlin, DE
Urban Explorers Festival, Dordrecht; NL
RAiR #1, Rotterdam Artists In Residence, NL
Monkeys On the Water, Het Wilde Weten, Rotterdam, NL

2008 
Big Geezers Show, Scione Installation Space, Los Angeles, USA
No New Enemies, Museum Botanique, Brussels, BE
Fuoco, Fiera Di Milano, Spazio Breda 40, Milan, IT
The New Dutch School, Artworks Gallery, Museum of Art, Philadelphia, USA
The Smoke Show, Tattooed Mom, Philadelphia, USA
Some of Our Heroes Play Sports, Prostor Gallery, Zagreb, HR
America Liberates the Netherlands, Cutting Cultures Gallery, Amsterdam, NL
The Garbage-Tzar, B.A.D. Project space, Rotterdam, NL

Residencies

2017
A.I.R. Institute of contemporary art, Warsaw, PL

2012
Museum Quartier Vienna, AT

2011
Moddr Institute for Media, Berlin, DE

2009
Kunsthuis Syb, Beetsterzwaag, NL

2008
Kunst and Complex Rotterdam, NL
Foundation B.A.D. Rotterdam, NL

2006
Het Kattenback Amsterdam, NL

Awards and Grants

2015
Prix De Rome (LongListed), IT

2012
Featured artist, Art Rotterdam, NL
Illy Prize for young Art

2010
Solo Presentation Art Basel, CH
Solo Presentation Scope Art Fair, Miami, USA

Performances

2013 
Museum Twentse Welle, Enschede, NL
WORM, Rotterdam, NL
Museums Quartier Wien, Vienna, AT
Filmhuis Den Haag, Den Haag, NL
Gabriel Rolt Gallery, Amsterdam, NL

2012 
Infr’Action, Performance Festival, Sète, FR
Grace Exhibition Space, New York, USA
Dordrechts Museum, Dordrecht, NL
Like a Hurricane, Good Children Gallery, New Orleans, USA
The More Crisis the More Performance, Perfromance art event Brakke, Grond, Amsterdam, NL
Sweat Boxing, Galleria Leto, Warsaw, PL

2011 
Museum Schunck*, Heerlen, NL
W139, Amsterdam, NL
MU, Eindhoven, NL
Ro Theater/Showroom MAMA Museum Night Rotterdam, NL
21 Rozendaal, Enschede, NL
NP3, Groningen, NL

2010 
The Super Hero project, Modo Brussels, Brussels, BE
Human Cities Festival, Istanbul, TR
Scope Miami, Miami, USA
Gemeentemuseum/GEM, Den Haag, NL
FAU Jupiter Library Gallery, Florida, USA
Photo Gallery Rotterdam, Rotterdam, NL
“Comma” Festival, Perugia, IT
A Star Is Born, Museum Folkwang, Essen, DE
Solar Festival, Roermond, NL
Juicy Beats Festival, Drochden, DE
Who Stole The Tarts, CBK TENT, Rotterdam, NL
Kom Ja Ook 5, Het Compagnietheater, Amsterdam, NL
Art Rotterdam, Rotterdam, NL
Paradise Row Gallery, London, UK
Walhalla Theater, Rotterdam, NL
Hotel Dominican, Brussels, BE
Mr. Ego, Brussels, BE
Showroom MAMA, Rotterdam, NL
Mediamatic, Amsterdam Netherlands,

2009 
Warriors, Loners and Space Travelers, (with Wayne Horse), Gabriel Rolt Gallery, Amsterdam,  NL
Happy Ever After, Galerie Brot, Undspiele, Berlin, DE
The Love Tour, Urban Affairs, Berlin, DE
Urban Explorers Festival, Dordrecht, NL
Bear Man and Alice, Kunsthuis SYB, Beetsterzwaag, NL
Art Amsterdam, Amsterdam, NL
RAiR #1, Witte de With: Centre for Contemporary Art, Rotterdam, NL
Art Rotterdam, Rotterdam, NL
The Honor Dance, Gabriel Rolt Gallery, Amsterdam, NL
Painting Wars, The Melkweg, Amsterdam, NL
These Are the Shoes my Daddy Was Wearing When He Touched My Birdie, Picto Plasma, Berlin, DE
Tattoo’s Are Gay, No New Enemies, Brussels, BE
Hiding Hidi, MeBike Festival at Paradiso, Amsterdam, NL
James Brown Tribute, Johnny Cash Tribute, Motown Tribute, Sugar Factory, Amsterdam, NL
A song From Venice Beach, Club Attent, Rotterdam, NL
Pete the Pig and Charley the Clown, Art Amsterdam, Amsterdam,, NL
Words Live 2, De Player, Rotterdam, NL
Charlie the Clown, Scione Installation space, Los Angeles, USA
Shirly Templeton, Paradiso, Amsterdam, NL
The Bully, De Kring, Amsterdam, NL
Prix De Nuix, Paradiso, Amsterdam, NL
Letters From The Front, Foundation B.A.D., Rotterdam, NL
Plastic, The White Hotel, Brussels, BE
Boxing Series, Accidental Monday, Sugar Factory, Amsterdam, NL

2008 
Big Geezers Show, Scione Installation Space, Los Angeles, USA
Museum Botanique, Brussels, BE
Fuoco, Fiera Di Milano, Milan, IT
The New Dutch School, Artworks Gallery, Museum of Art, Philadelphia, USA
The Smoke Show, Tattooed Mom, Philadelphia, USA
Art Therapy Tour, Wolf and Pack Gallery, Amsterdam, NL
Some of Our Heroes Play Sports, Prostor Gallery, Zagreb, HR
America Liberates the Netherlands, Cutting Cultures Gallery, Amsterdam,, NL
The Garbage-Tzar, B.A.D. Project Space, Rotterdam, NL

Bibliography

-“Deze circusshow is gul”, NRC Handelsblad, 28 January 2011
-“The Great Abnerios Circus”, The Daily Tiger Rotterdam Front Page, 29 January 2011
-Kunstbeeld Manon Braat Critics Choice,  2 February 2011
-"Review of the Great Abnerio", IHArt, 12 February 2011
-“SYB”, Kunstbeeld Magazine, April 2010
-“Urban Explorer Festival”, Metropois M, 2010
-“Art Rotterdam”, Kunstbeeld, February 2010
-“American Story Teller”, Shift Magazine, February 2010
-“Holland Tunnel”, ArtForum, February 2010
-“The Great Abnerio”, ModArt Magazine, February 2010
-“Blame It on Abner”, Time Out Amsterdam, February 2010
-“Abner Preis”, I love Fake Magazine, January 2010
-Metropolis M Gallery 182a, 2009 Issue 3
-Juxtapose Magazine-Big Geezers, November 2009

Eat, Shit, Smile, Installation view
Eat, Shit, Smile
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