José-Ricardo Presman

The Illusion that Light Travels

June 4 - July 19, 2020

Amos Eno Gallery presents The Illusion that Light Travels, an exhibition of new works by long-time gallery member and co-founder José-Ricardo Presman. An opening reception will be held on Friday, June 5, from 6-9 PM at 56 Bogart Street in Brooklyn, NY. Please check back for confirmation.


The title hints at the requirement that we revisit thoughtlessly repeated perspectives. By intuitively experiencing our inner and outer worlds, these perspectives can build knowledge or lead to creative thinking. Presman states, "We've been misled into thinking that we're debunking myths (falsehoods) when in fact these so-called myths are remembrances of our living past. This deception was necessary in order to simultaneously strengthen and expand our self-awareness. With this newfound self-awareness we can now, through our own efforts, remember the wisdom of our past.” Presman makes a clear distinction between the processes of building knowledge and creativity when he states “Knowledge requires that we remember our past in a new way and in full, self-awakened consciousness. In creativity, on the other hand, something brand new makes its appearance."


On view in the exhibition are wax pastel sketches on black chalkboard divided into three groups. Four smaller units are drawn in hourglass shapes, permeated by the four original elemental forms as solid, fluid, airy and warmth. A poem accompanies the grouping. Three larger panels indicate a vision of organic, animate and humane origins, respectively. An eighth sketch is reminiscent of what is isolated and discarded. Three collage figures are included. The short story, The Story of the Old Man Who Became Younger and Younger gives cohesion to the exhibit and copies are available for purchase.


A talk by the artist will take place at the gallery during the exhibit, date and time to be announced. The topics will cover how the creative mind co-ordinates with the rational mind in an artistic context, including how it's possible to experience that: 1) the Earth is not technically a globe: 2) humans precede animals: 3) light doesn't travel.


José-Ricardo Presman was born and raised in Buenos Aires, Argentina, and received his M.F.A. from Pratt Institute. He has exhibited in numerous solo shows at Amos Eno Gallery in New York and in group shows throughout the U.S. and Canada.

Image:  José-Ricardo Presman, See Evil, 2020. Photocopy of collage, 12 x 12 inches.

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