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Installation view
Face It, 2020
Photograph courtesy of Morán Morán

Eric N. Mack Face It

Morán Morán is pleased to announce Eric N. Mack’s exhibition, titled Face It. With his second solo show at the gallery, Mack presents over a dozen works, including paintings as moving blankets, pegboards, and wall-based prints, as well as several large-scale fabric installations. Each piece is a visual recount of the artist’s experience of making, concerned with transformation of physical gestures and material truth.

Mack continues to exploit the prospects of the moving blanket as an image plane – the intrinsic geometry in its stitching, the durability dictated by its function, and what the moving blanket symbolizes – a space of emotive absorption. One piece, We make it easy, you make it home., 2020, utilizes a shiny orange blanket as the background for a Suprematist composition of various pages adhered to the surface in a methodical way; some are dyed and painted works over plain paper, one is a colored and manipulated spread from a Captiva Island newspaper, and yet another is a yellowed title page torn from a paperback novel, inscribed with the signature of its previous owner.

A series of pegboard paintings submits another example of experimentation with surface and materiality. The pegboard is an artifact. Used as a crude screen, paint absorbs into the surface, forever changing its material identity. Its dot pattern is a repetition, of a porous skin, an instrument, a printing device, producing polka dots, pixels, and points of light. Between the matrix of negative space, Mack makes swathes of recurring, curved strokes of paint, a record of motion, impulse, and energy. These gestures push the paint past the surface, an index that traces movement, over which he mounts shrouds of fabric, hung from appendages that protrude perpendicular from the front. The effect of these levitating forms is bodily in a spectral way, only grounding our experience via fragments and contradictions.

Throughout the gallery, Mack installed oversized versions of his source material archive, stripped from magazines, dyed, and painted, paired with abstract vestiges of process, directly to the walls. These enormous prints, some spanning 10 x 32 feet, create an enveloping environment in which we find moments to grasp perspective and spatial context. In addition to these two-dimensional maneuvers, Mack activates the architecture of the gallery with fabric apparitions that span the space, composed of delicate materials that are solid and patterned, sewn together, yet consistently translucent. This layering of dimensions serves as a mimesis or mise en abyme, as the whole (macro) mirrors the individual work (micro). Questioning proximity and the consequence of posture, Face It is a prompt for the viewer to confront temporality and the sensation of ambiguity, in abstract language.

“It’s not my job to make the world look less murky, but it is my job to face it.” – Eric N. Mack

Eric N. Mack (b. 1987, Columbia, MD) lives and works in New York, NY. He received his BFA from The Cooper Union, New York, NY and his MFA from Yale University, New Haven, CT. In 2017, Mack was the recipient of the inaugural BALTIC Artists’ Award selected by artist Lorna Simpson and completed the Rauschenberg Residency in Captiva Island, Florida, FL and an artist-in-residency at Delfina Foundation in London, UK. Institutional solo exhibitions include In austerity, stripped from its support and worn as a sarong, The Power Station, Dallas, TX (2020); Lemme walk across the room, Brooklyn Museum, NY (2019); the BALTIC Artists’ Award 2017, BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art, Gateshead, UK (2017); and Eric Mack: Vogue Fabrics, Albright–Knox Art Gallery, Buffalo, NY (2017). Major group exhibitions include Whitney Biennial 2019, Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, NY; Inherent Structure, Wexner Center, Columbus, OH; 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). Mack’s work is in the permanent collections of Albright-Knox Art Gallery; The Studio Museum in Harlem; and the Whitney Museum of American Art.

Dates

February 08 - March 07, 2020

Opening Reception

Saturday, February 8, 6-8pm

Location

937 N. La Cienega Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90069

Installation Views

All images: Face It, 2020. Photography courtesy of Morán Morán

Installation view
Face It, 2020
Photograph courtesy of Morán Morán

Installation view
Face It, 2020
Photograph courtesy of Morán Morán

Installation view
Face It, 2020
Photograph courtesy of Morán Morán

Installation view
Face It, 2020
Photograph courtesy of Morán Morán

Installation view
Face It, 2020
Photograph courtesy of Morán Morán

Installation view
Face It, 2020
Photograph courtesy of Morán Morán

Installation view
Face It, 2020
Photograph courtesy of Morán Morán

Installation view
Face It, 2020
Photograph courtesy of Morán Morán

Installation view
Face It, 2020
Photograph courtesy of Morán Morán

Installation view
Face It, 2020
Photograph courtesy of Morán Morán

Installation view
Face It, 2020
Photograph courtesy of Morán Morán

Installation view
Face It, 2020
Photograph courtesy of Morán Morán

Installation view
Face It, 2020
Photograph courtesy of Morán Morán

Installation view
Face It, 2020
Photograph courtesy of Morán Morán

Artworks

Eric N. Mack
IS IT MY BODY?, 2020
Fabric
132 x 168 x 216 inches
(335.3 x 426.7 x 548.6 cm)
Photograph courtesy of Morán Morán

Eric N. Mack
Tunic, 2020
Fabric
108 x 164 x 106 inches
(274.3 x 416.6 x 269.2 cm)
Photograph courtesy of Morán Morán

Eric N. Mack
Baroque Dance Notation, 2011-20
Acrylic on pegboard and canvas
48 x 96 x 82 inches
(121.9 x 243.8 x 208.3 cm)
Photograph courtesy of Morán Morán

Eric N. Mack
selector/reflector, 2020
Acrylic, fabric, and wooden dowels on pegboard
96 x 48 x 24 inches
(243.8 x 121.9 x 61 cm)
Photograph courtesy of Morán Morán

Eric N. Mack
Almond of Paradise, 2020
Gesso, spray paint, dye on paper, newspaper, index cards, and photograph on moving blanket
72 x 78 inches
(182.9 x 198.1 cm)
Photograph courtesy of Morán Morán

Eric N. Mack
Rogue Security Guard, 2020
Acrylic, fabric, and wooden dowels on pegboard
96 x 48 x 14 inches
(243.8 x 121.9 x 35.6 cm)
Photograph courtesy of Morán Morán

Eric N. Mack
We make it easy, you make it home., 2020
Dye and acrylic on paper, index cards, and newspaper on moving blanket
78 x 70 inches
(198.1 x 177.8 cm)
Photograph courtesy of Morán Morán

Eric N. Mack
Shake, 2020
Acrylic on pegboard
96 x 48 inches
(243.8 x 121.9 cm)
Photograph courtesy of Morán Morán

Eric N. Mack
Thin Love, 2020
Acrylic, ribbons, paper, and fabric on moving blanket
84 x 69 x 54 inches
(213.4 x 175.3 x 137.2 cm)
Photograph courtesy of Morán Morán

Eric N. Mack
Die Kriese, 2020
Acrylic, dye, and glitter on moving blanket
78 x 68 inches
(198.1 x 172.7 cm)
Photograph courtesy of Morán Morán

Eric N. Mack
NAUTICA, 2019
Acrylic on pegboard
48.5 x 48 inches
(123.2 x 121.9 cm)
Photograph courtesy of Morán Morán

Eric N. Mack
Prince, 2020
Wall print
Dimensions variable
Courtesy of the artist and Morán Morán

Eric N. Mack
TBT, 2020
Wall print
Dimensions variable
Photograph courtesy of Morán Morán

Eric N. Mack
Long Sleeve Shirt, 2019
Fabric
One size
Edition of 39
Photograph courtesy of Jeffrey Stark