Eric N. Mack, the artist famous for his large-scale fabric installations, has joined the Paula Cooper Gallery in New York.
Mack is well-known for his monumental installations made from fabric, though the artist likes to think of himself as a painter. His works usually involve silk and cotton pieces that are hand-stained and suspended from the top in interesting patterns. The idea, says Mack, is to create art that is much more intimate for the audience. The viewers could walk around, under, and across these installations (though touching isn’t allowed). Mack credits his parents, who were both exhibition designers at the National Gallery of Art in Washington, DC, as the inspiration behind his works. In an interview, Mack said, “The way that I think about painting is as a combination of gesture and the trace of the hand and the way that the painter manipulates shapes into a kind of emotional space.”
Eric N. Mack first completed his artist residency program at Studio Harlem in 2015. The same year, he participated in the Greater New York Exhibition at MoMA PS1. In the 2019 Whitney Biennale, his installations were a standout act for the audience. The same year he had a major exhibition at the Brooklyn Museum. The Maryland-born artist also had multiple exhibitions last year.
This year, Mack was awarded the Rome Prize by the American Academy. As a part of the win, the artist is under a six-month residency program. Since joining the Paula Cooper gallery, Mack will feature his new work “Lucky” at the gallery’s booth in Art Basel (Miami Beach) next week. While he has joined Paula Cooper in New York, Morán Morán will continue representing the artist in Los Angeles.