Eric N. Mack

Artist in focus
'For me, painting has always been a space of questioning. It’s most important for me to emphasise the painting as an object, separate from mere surface or picture'. (Eric N. Mack)

Eric N. Mack refers to himself as a painter, yet his works rarely observe the medium’s traditional canvas-to-stretcher format. Rather, his tactile creations, made from a dynamic combination of used textiles, worn clothes, moving blankets and torn rags, alongside pieces of paper, 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. They are at once paintings and sculptures, fully engaging with both disciplines.

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Selected Works
Installation Views

Eric N. Mack in conversation with Tim Marlow

On the occasion of his solo exhibition "Misa Hylton Brim", Eric N. Mack is in conversation with Tim Marlow, Artistic Director of the Royal Academy of Arts. They discuss Mack's work within the context of the exhibition and his wider practice.


In Conversation: Rashid Johnson and Eric Mack with David Moos \ 17 September 2019

The Power Plant is pleased to have co-present a conversation alongside Art en Valise and Scrap Metal, Toronto. Rashid Johnson’s newly commissioned site-specific work, at The Power Plant, parallels Eric Mack’s immersive textile installation, at Scrap Metal Gallery, in both scale and use of material culture. David Moos, independent art consultant and former Curator of Modern and Contemporary Art at the Art Gallery of Ontario, conversed with the two acclaimed artists about their respective trajectories and their mutual interest in sculptural assemblages of objects that are imbued with identity and history. The program concluded with questions and answers from the audience.


DiaTalks- Jessica Bell Brown and Eric N. Mack on Sam Gilliam

This video of Jessica Bell Brown and Eric N. Mack on Sam Gilliam Walther was recorded at Dia:Beacon on November 23, 2019 as part of Dia's DiaTalks Lecture Series.

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