The Clown (To all tomorrow's Parties:Tent, Rotterdam, NL), 2011
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 Rotterdam.