In fact, Presneill quotes an unusual list of connections that enter his work, including Picasso, the Sphinx, Albrecht Durer, Peter Pan, Billy the Kid, Gericault, Pandora, Wyatt Earp, Thor, Odin's Ravens, Prometheus, Icarus, Jonny Quest, the Minotaur, and 007.
In Glossolalia and Other Stories, Presneill Marries Complex Influences to Achieve a Composed Chaos. As an artist who holds two MFA's, he picked up a paintbrush long before receiving his first curatorial credit. Presneill produces work that elegantly illustrates the concept of a curator on canvas. The work in Glossolalia and Other Stories yields a dense field of influences, from which the artist mines art, history, myth and contemporary fiction to uncover intricate relationships rich with connections, created by Presneill's clear vision and mastery of technique and composition.
Presneill, every bit as much a quick-witted scholar of art as he is an artist, explains his upcoming exhibition of work titled Glossolalia and Other Stories:
"Glossolalia is commonly called "speaking in tongues". It is comprised of, mostly verbal, utterances with a rhythm and syllables that resemble words from the native language of the speaker, organized to sound like language but lacking communicative relationships to meaning and thus is essentially nonsense in a social sense although subjectively related to a greater truth for the speaker. In my work, images are taken from multiple sources and situated in a collage-like manner to establish personalized narratives that intersect personal histories and mythologies with culturally shared source materials to form stories that question notions of shared knowledge, narrative as mythology, subjectivity and painting as an existential process of the Self."
Spoken like a true curator. And artist.
Glossolalia and Other Stories will be on view from September 11 to October 16, 2010 at GARBOUSHIAN GALLERY. The opening reception is Saturday, September 11, from 6 to 9 pm.