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Birthplace
England

Lives in
Los Angeles, CA

Works in
Los Angeles, CA

Website

Representing galleries
Beverly Hills, Gallery Lara, Tokyo and Durden & Ray, Garboushian Gallery, los angeles

Tags
exhibition/performance, conceptual, figurative, abstract, mixed-media

Statement

Max Presneill is a Los Angeles based painter and curator who shows throughout the US and internationally. As the Director/Curator of the Torrance Art Museum and the Curatorial Director of ARTRA Curatorial his general artistic concerns are often reflected in his curatorial projects.

What you see here is NOT what you get...

By taking “inaccurate” photographs of my work for publication in catalogs and online, I want to stress the difference between the image and seeing the actual work in the context of a gallery wall — the real-life interaction as opposed to the Digital, online or printed ones. Whether the reproduction is inaccurate due to color differences, shadow or reflecting light, or because it has been partially repainted since the photograph was taken, these photographs separate the real from the copy. The emphasis is on seeing them in the flesh. Anything else is but a shadow on a cave wall.

Updated Statement - October 2014

Following many years as a basically figurative painter, who was interested in the play with abstraction, I came to the realization that the figures caused the viewer to invariably concentrate their attention on the narrative threads implied by those figures, often at the expense of equally important aspects of my work. After careful consideration over a period of about 6 months, and the use of that time to play through various painting projects that I was interested in and needed to finish, I decided to make the leap into purely abstract paintings. I had been very conscious of the work of Cy Twombly and Gunter Forg in particular during this period, as they had both died recently and I was struck by the renewed relevance I saw within their work to new directions I was considering.

The core ideas in my practice have always revolved around notions of mortality, the mark as presence and the decisions and choices in painting that imply a type of existentialism. As an atheist I am concerned with issues to do with the nature of free will and choice and how invested beliefs in our lives allow us fulfillment – as the act of painting, a process of self-defined questions and answers within a larger language system, is inherently. The new paintings concentrate on this act as both a literal thing – the making of a mark of presence, as well as a metaphor for the philosophical position.

This new approach for me also allows for a more direct play with the materiality of painting, which as a painter I find engrossing, just as I love the smell of it. To make of these basic materials, something which can have a rich and complex intellectual depth as well as a visceral thrill is a fantastic experience. The marks are both literal – they are paint to make a painting, they are marks of presence – but they are also allusional and metaphorical.

Another very important thread for me is the possibility of a political awareness engaging the viewer through the process of abstraction. Can these marks be persuasive political commentary? I do not know yet. My hope is that the constant applying of marks and their negation through further marks can act as a reflection of the struggles against Power and the constant battle for supremacy between the People and the interests of Authority. We shall see…

The key word for me over the last year has been REDACTED. This seems to me to tell us what our current relationship to government, corporate structures, et al, is at present. The zeitgeist of our recent times seems to reflect that distrust. I wish to see what happens when I find more ways to address these marks, new ways to present them. What if they are presented in layerings of separate materials? If they are starker, increasingly sparse? What if they present like flags of warring factions? What differences does scale make?

My goal is to push through these experiments to find ways in which this relationship to the political can be reinforced without losing the other key elements outlined above.  I would like to see them have an affect on those they see them. Idealistic? Sure, but worth the attempt. Like the good Doctor in Camus’ The Plague – it is the investment in the belief in the value of doing something, regardless of outcome, because it is worth doing anyway.

 

 

EXHIBITIONS

upcoming 2015

From The Barricades, Freies Museum, Berlin, Germany 

Angels With Dirty Faces, Hilger Contemporary, Vienna, Austria

Triumvirate, Garboushian Gallery, Beverly Hills, CA (solo with catalog)

MAS Attack #8, San Diego Art Institute, CA

Communard, Espace des Arts Sans Frontieres, Paris, France

Pure Paint for Now People, Weber State University Gallery, Utah

LA>>PDX, Duplex Collective, Portland, Oregon

MAS Attack #9, New Institute of Contemporary Art, Tempe, New Mexico

 

2014 

An American Water Margin, UCITY Art Museum, Guangzhou Academy of Fine Arts, China

Anarchy & Other Things To Think About, University Art Gallery, CSU Stanislaus, CA (solo with catalog)

I-23, various sites as part of Yokohama Triennial, Japan - including I See You Never at Launch Pad Gallery and Homing Pigeon 3 at Nitehi Kannai 509 

The Great Wrong Place, Norte Maar, New York, Exchange Rates Expo

Dragnet, Manhattan Beach Art Center, CA

Exquisite Corpse, Mass Gallery, Austin, Texas

MAS Attack #7, Santa Monica Art Studios, CA

The Status of Portraiture, Autonomie, Los Angeles, CA

MAS Attack #5, Creative Albuquerque, New Mexico

Project LALO, Campbell Works Gallery, London, UK

Project LALO, Project Number Gallery, London, UK

MAS Attack #4, Vast Space Projects, Las Vegas, Nevada

Mind the Gap: London- Los Angeles Dialogues, Autonomie, Los Angeles

One For The Road, Hudson Linc Gallery, Los Angeles, CA

MAS Attack #3, Studio 17, San Francisco, CA

LA N CV, Coachella Valley Art Center, CA

In 2040, JAUS, Los Angeles, CA

Singapore Art Fair, with Gallery Lara (Tokyo), Singapore

Year 4, Autonomie, Los Angeles, CA

 

2013 

Marginal Revolutions, KUAD Gallery, Istanbul, Turkey, 13th Istanbul Biennial

The Familiar Unfamiliar, with Manual History Machines, Joshua Tree, CA

Sense and Sensibility, Mt San Antonio College Art Gallery, CA

Marooned, JAUS, Los Angeles, CA

Overload, Garboushian Gallery, Beverly Hills, CA

Hong Kong Art Fair, with Gallery Lara (Tokyo), Hong Kong

The Interior Forest, with Alexandra Grant, 18th St Arts, Santa Monica, CA

Unsolved Mysteries, POST, Los Angeles, CA

Critology, Art Museum of Western Carolina University

Year 3, Autonomie, Los Angeles, CA

ConFiguring LA: What's The Story, POST, Los Angeles, CA

Critology, Pacific Design Center, Los Angeles

Savage Sentimentality (part 2), Autonomie, Los Angeles, CA

200 Clams, XVY Gallery, Los Angeles

MAS Attack #1, LA Mart, Los Angeles, CA

 

2012

The New Cool School, White Box Contemporary, San Diego, CA

The Captain's Tale (BH) OR The Liminal Egyptian, Garboushian Gallery, Beverly Hills, CA (solo with catalog)

CO/LAB II, at Art Platform Art Fair, With Durden & Ray, Los Angeles, CA

The Captain's Tale (New Bedford) - From Mocha to Moby, New Bedford Art Museum, Vault Series (solo)

Painting On Edge:Redux, D.E.N Contemporary, Los Angeles, CA

Savage Sentimentality, Modified Arts, Phoenix, Arizona

Do Not Go Gentle, Da Vinci Gallery, LACC, Los Angeles, CA

Hong Kong Contemporary Art Fair, with Gallery Lara (Tokyo), Hong Kong

You Sunk My Battleship!, Autonomie, Los Angeles, CA 

The Gang's All Here, Central Utah Art Center, Utah

Center Of The Universe, Raid Projects, Los Angeles

Painting On Edge, Autonomie, Los Angeles, CA

House, Billet & Happ, Los Angeles

Either Side of Gray, PS Zask Gallery, Rolling Hills, CA

TCT (Santa Monica), Art@Michael's, Santa Monica, CA (solo)

Year II, Autonomie, Los Angeles, CA

99, Irvine Fine Arts Center, Irvine, CA

Artist's Tower of Protest, LA><ART, Culver City, CA

Monster Drawing Rally, The Armory Center, Pasadena, CA

Doubt, Contemporary Art Space, Riverside, CA

Dig, Concord Project, Los Angeles, CA

Oasis, Shangri-La, Joshua Tree, CA

Beyond Nowness, McNish Gallery, Oxnard College, Oxnard, CA

 

2011

CO/LAB at Art Platform Art Fair, with Durden & Ray, Los Angeles, CA

La Cosa Nostra, Rheeway Gallery, Los Angeles, CA

Role Reversal, Jose Drudis-Blada Art Gallery, Los Angeles, CA

Vertigo, at 12th Floor Gallery, LA Mart, with Durden & Ray, Los Angeles, CA

You First, curated by UFORA, OCCCA, Santa Ana, CA

Re:Present, at 12th Floor Gallery, LA Mart, with Durden & Ray, Los Angeles, CA 

Chain Letter, Shoshana Wayne Gallery, Bergamot Station, Santa Monica, CA

Film:Shorts, Mark Moore Gallery (a D&R video project), Culver City, CA

13th Grade, POST, Los Angeles 

Social Being, Hudson/Linc, San Pedro, CA

Polemically Small, curated by Edward Lucie Smith, Garboushian Gallery, Beverly Hills, CA

Future Perfect, Beautiful Decay, Los Angeles (print version)

Los Angeles Art Show art fair, with Garboushian Gallery, Beverly Hills, CA

Eagle Rock 9th Annual Art Auction, Center for the Arts, Eagle Rock, CA

Year One, Commonspace and Raid Projects, Los Angeles, CA

LACE Annual Auction, LA Mart, Los Angeles, CA

Clare Foundation, Bergamot Station, Santa Monica, CA

 

2010

Glossolalia and Other Stories, Garboushian Gallery, Beverly Hills, CA (solo with catalog)

L_ove A_lways, Galerie Lara, Tokyo, Japan

A Scattered Thought, POST, Los Angeles, CA (with Jason Ramos)

The Bigger Picture, Edgar Varela Projects, Los Angeles, CA

San Diego Art Fair, with Durden & Ray Fine Art, San Diego, CA

Durden & Ray Presents, Phantom Galleries, Long Beach, CA

Nice To Meet You, Sloan Fine Art, New York

Economy of Gesture, Performing Public Space Project for Los Angeles Contemporary Exhibitions (LACE), CA

 

2009

Here, Now, Us, ARTRA, Los Angeles, CA (catalog)

RPLA, Raid Projects, Los Angeles, CA

Invisible Empire, Van Abbemuseum, Eindhoven, Netherlands 

On The Shoulders of Davids, JAUS, Los Angeles, CA

Rant, Pacific Design Center, West Hollywood, CA

PS 1999 – 2009, Kunstruimte09, Groningen, Netherlands

Manifestations, Carl Berg Projects, West Hollywood, CA

Psychic Hearts, La Verne University Gallery, La Verne, CA

Doin’ It, Kruglak Gallery, Mira Costa, CA

Tupajumi, Hudson Museum, Rotterdam, Netherlands

Gunshow, Space B, New York City

 

2008

Traces of When, Raid Projects, Los Angeles, CA

“um…My, gallery”, The Brewery Arts Complex, Los Angeles, CA

From Similar Origins to Remarkable Visions, Main Art Gallery, CSUF, Fullerton, CA

Plush, Eagle Rock Center for the Arts, Eagle Rock, CA

 

2007

Wish List, Freight & Volume, New York City (solo)

ANFSCD, La Estacion Arte Contemporaneo, Chihuahua, Mexico (solo)

artLA Art Fair, Los Angeles, with Raid FC

 

2006

Sex Sells, Red House Gallery, Venice Beach, CA (as part of artLA)

 

2005

Quickening, MOCA, Tuscon, AZ

Just Visiting, Huntington Beach Art Center

artLA. The LA art fair, LA, with Raid Projects

A Warlike People, M Gallery, Phoenix, Arizona, curated by Lara Taubman

Register The Distance, Borusan Gallery, Istanbul, Turkey, curated by Beral Madra (curator of Istanbul Pavilion, Venice Biennale 2005 and 2 previous Istanbul Biennials, with catalog)

  

2004

The Armory Show, New York

LA Driveby Part 2, MOP Gallery, Sydney, Australia

LA Driveby Part 1, Kyubidou Gallery, Tokyo, Japan

Network, De Parel, Amsterdam, Netherlands (catalog)

Nexus 1 by nTOPIA, Art and Idea, Mexico City

PLA, Raid Projects, Los Angeles


2003 

Turschlusspanik, Kontainer Gallery (now Nicodim Gallery), LA (solo)

Midas, POST, Los Angeles

Raid In Chicago, Standard Gallery, Chicago

Scope Art Fair, Standard Hotel, Los Angeles

Tinsel Town, Domestic Setting, Los Angeles

Images of Desire 2, Winston Hotel, Amsterdam

Fragment, PS Gallery, Amsterdam, Netherlands

Miniatures, Kyubidou Gallery, Tokyo, Japan (catalog)

The Stray Show Art Fair, Chicago

GAP, SCA Gallery, Pomona, CA (solo)

2002

Curatorial Market, Cuchifritos Gallery, New York (catalog)
Images Of Desire, Fields Gallery, Amsterdam, Netherlands
Cross Currents, Deutsch Bank, London, UK
Dreamcatcher, RA Gallery, Kiev, Ukraine
The Stray Show Art Fair, Chicago
Glamour Trip So Soon To Slip, Sheehan Gallery, WA (catalog)
Animal Instinct, Cerritos College Gallery, CA
GIANT, Three Mills Studio, London, UK

2001 

Travails, West Gallery, Fullerton, CA (solo)
100% Rag, POST, LA
Ever Since Icarus, Lord Mori Gallery, Chinatown, LA (catalog)
New Video, Gallery Hana, Austin, TX
For Example, Acuna Hansen Gallery, Chinatown, LA
Rising Tide, O.C. Center for Contemporary Art, Santa Ana, CA (catalog)
Su-Su-Superego, San Bernadino College Gallery, CA
Sound And Vision, Program 12, LA

2000 

Logocentricity, Cypress College Gallery, CA (solo)
Phase 3, EGCA Gallery, Santa Ana, CA
Wall Space, Miller Durazo Gallery, LA
10 Degrees Of Abstraction, Biola University Gallery, LA
Strangeland, Andrew Shire Gallery, LA (with Martin Durazo)
Intraconnections, Don O’Melveny Gallery, LA

1999 

Desire, Eye Five Gallery, LA (catalog)
Strange Bedfellows, Webster Gallery, Santa Ana, CA (solo)
Simon Rondelet International Video Art Show, The Bullet Museum, New York
Land Of Extreme Happiness, SMAC Truck Show, LA (catalog)

1998 

10th Annual Juried Show, Irvine Fine Arts Center, CA
IV, EGCA Gallery, Santa Ana, CA

1997 

BLOC, Workstation Gallery, Sheffield, UK
Contemporary Diversions, Clocktower Gallery, Sheffield, UK

1996 

Spellbound, Octagon Center, Sheffield, UK (solo)
SCAT, The Mappin Gallery, Sheffield, UK
Stockport Open, Stockport City Art Gallery, UK

1995 

Derby Open, Derby City Art Gallery, UK
Scattered, Doncaster City Art Gallery, UK

1994 

Morbid Symptoms, Leeds Metro University Gallery, UK
Pullit 8, Pullit Gallery, London, UK
Brute Farce, Yorkshire Art Space, Sheffield, UK (with Craig Knight)
Climate, Cool Tan Gallery, London, UK

 

 

Seminars/Lectures/Panels (2000-present)

2014

Bucharest Biennale 6 - Parallel Events Program Symposium - Apprehension, Global Society and Contemporary Art on the Twitter Generation

Palm Springs Art Fair - Panel Discussion Member

Feitelson/Lundeberg Fellowship Grant - Selection Juror

San Diego Art Institute - Selection Juror

Pepperdine University - lecture

Los Angeles Center for Digital Art - juror

CSU Stanislaus - lecture

GLAMFA - Panel Discussion Member

Redondo Beach Art Show - Juror

2013

Anthology Prize, London, UK - Juror

Museum of Art and History, Lancaster, CA - Juror

Santa Monica College - Artists and Curating lecture

Western Carolina University Art Museum - Panel Discussion Member

Palm Springs Art Fair - Panel Discussion Member

Lake Elsinore Arts Group - Professional Practice lecture

Redondo Beach Arts  - lecture, Contemporary Art

2012

Curatorial Director – Co/Lab Art Fair at Art Platform Los Angeles

TEDx Talks, Redondo Beach, CA - lecture

California Community Foundation Grant, selection panel member

Juror - Korean Cultural Center Annual Open, Los Angeles

Juror - Central Utah Art Center, Utah

California Association of Museums, Panel Speaker

Juror - Long Beach Art Gallery, CA

CSU Long Beach – visiting artist lecture and critique

Palos Verdes Art Center – lecture

University of Arizona, Tucson, AZ - visiting artist lecture and critique

2011

Museum of Contemporary Art Schunck, Heerlen, Netherlands - Panel member 'Art and Interactivity, Art and Social Engagement'

University of Arizona, Tucson, AZ - Contemporary Art lecture

Co-curator - Polemically Small, with Edward Lucie-Smith, at Garboushian Gallery, Beverly Hills, CA

Co-curator - Connection Point London, with Edward Lucie-Smith, at Bow Arts Trust, London, UK

Juror - Long Beach Arts Open

PSZask Gallery - panel discussion, Sculpture in CA, with Peter Frank

Torrance Arts Council - lecture, Curating Today

Claremont Graduate University - career fair advisor

Pomona College - lecture, Self Portraiture in Painting.

2010

Founder of Durden & Ray, artists collective

American Association of Museums Annual Conference – panelist for ‘On the Road: Ephemeral Exhibits and The Visitor Experience’

Contemporary Art Roundtable, organized by CERA, at Pasadena Museum of California Art

City of Los Angeles Public Art Selection Panel for Metro system

2009

Founder and Director of ARTRA Curatorial

CSU Los Angeles, CA – Professional Practices lecture 

2008

CSU Long Beach, Long Beach, CA – Professional Practices lecture

Biola University, La Mirada, CA - Professional Practices lecture

Arts Legion, Pomona, CA

Contributing writer for PILOT 3, London, UK

Mira Costa College – Professional Practices lecture series

 2006

 McColl Center for Visual Art, Charlotte, NC – AIR Selection Committee

 PULSE Art Fair Selection Committee (with Mark Moore Gallery)

 2005

 ResArtis, Berlin – International Symposium of Alternative Art Spaces

 Borusan Gallery, Istanbul – Current Practices in Los Angeles

 NOVA Art Fair, Chicago -  Selection Committee

 Contributing writer/curator for PILOT 2, London, UK

 Contributing writer for Rim Magazine

 2004

 Contributing writer/curator for PILOT 1, London, UK

 The Chiellerie, Amsterdam – lecture on contemporary art

 Lost and Found, Amsterdam – presentation of my painting practice

 The Walters Museum, Baltimore – workshop for painting

 Contributing writer for Rim Magazine

 2002 

 Board of Directors, Los Angeles Arts Association

 Goldsmiths College, London, UK - tutorials

 The Stray Show, Chicago Art Fair – panel discussion on State of the Arts

 Claremont Graduate University, CA – Artists As Curator lecture

 2001

 Art critic for Mad Dogs and Englishmen Magazine

 Manchester Metropolitan University, UK – My Painting Practice and Curating lecture

 The Art Kitchen, Amsterdam, NL – Los Angeles Today lecture

 Irvine Fine Arts Center Development Forum Member 

 OC High School for the Arts, Santa Ana, CA – lecture & workshops

 The Spurgeon Experience Symposium, Santa Ana, CA – panel discussion with     

 Christopher Miles, Mary Kay Lombino, Tyler Stallings 

 The Art Crowd, Irvine, CA – presentation of my painting practice

 

Recent Exhibits

Max Presneill participated in these exhibits:

Jun, 2014 WATCHMEN Panel Discussion
Torrance Art Museum
 
Feb, 2014 LA n CV Closing Reception
Coachella Valley Art Center
 
Feb, 2014 In 2040.....
JAUS
 
Feb, 2014 In 2040.....
JAUS
 
Feb, 2014 In 2040.....
JAUS
 
Feb, 2014 LA N CV
Coachella Valley Art Center
 
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