Eric N. Mack's (USA) tactile assemblages, created from a dynamic combination of used textiles, worn clothes, moving blankets and torn rags, alongside photographs and pull outs from books and magazines, extend and transform the notion of painting. His use of colour, form and material as elements in a compositional lexicon as well as the stained or dyed fabrics which are his principal medium, declare the origin of his practice in the investigation of painting in an expanded field, while the way his compositions occupy and transform space are evidence of their sculptural nature.
During his resideny Eric plans to explore London in search of structures, garments and textiles for research in constructing new work.
Eric received his BFA from The Cooper Union, New York, NY and his MFA from Yale University, New Haven, CT. He was recently awarded the BALTIC Artists’ Award 2017 by BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art, Gateshead, UK. His first major solo exhibition was in 2017, Eric Mack: Vogue Fabrics at Albright–Knox Art Gallery, Buffalo, NY. Major group exhibitions include Ungestalt, Kunsthalle Basel, Basel, Switzerland (2017); In the Abstract, Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art, Massachusetts, MA (2017); Blue Black, Pulitzer Arts Foundation, St Louis, MO (2017); Making & Unmaking: An exhibition curated by Duro Olowu, Camden Arts Centre, London, UK (2016) and Greater New York 2015, MOMA PS1, Long Island City, NY (2015).