Max Presneill

Region: Pacific Coast


City / State: Los Angeles, CA

 My paintings are essentially about mortality, as seen through the merging contradictions of disparate elements of my life. This interpenetration occurs where histories of abstract markmaking, developing iconography, and subcultural motifs are placed in relationships on the picture plane. Colloquialisms and urban vernacular appear alongside art history, references to Brutalist architecture, comix, sk8, 1% MC life, dance cultures— to explore masculine identity, vanitas, memory, and nostalgia, allowing for an extended and negotiated dialogue between ideas of the political/class division, race, subcultural resistance, and tribalism, in the context of a transient experience.