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Installation view: Erick N. Mack, "I don't know your spirit. I make it up everyday from fragmentary portions", 2017. Photo credit: Jason Mandella
 
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Erick N. Mack, "I don't know your spirit. I make it up everyday from fragmentary portions", 2017. Photo credit: Jason Mandella
 

Q:
How would you describe this relationship between the texture of the surface of your work and the texture of the encounter they stage?

A:
I love the specificity of language in this question, the relationship allows me to think that texture is a social recognition. A kind of effect or reward for noticing. Helpful in remembering a touched feeling.

Q:
What's at stake for you in the play of meaning between one side of a piece of fabric and its reverse? Or between the sign that is the fabric and the sign you paint onto it?

A:
The full acknowledgement of even with surface there is a cause and effect. That there are structures at play to communicate a stablized surface.

Q:
How would you describe the relationship between painting and the body, given that your work is so close to clothing or to an abstracted fashion language?

A:
Painting comes from the body, the trace can be both indication of movement and touch.  Trace is important to me : my trace.  I always wanted painting to be a private performance. The point of address from the individual to the viewer at a critical point of intension when the author is no longer present or no longer tied to the story - how does the work speak?

Eric Mack with NM Llorens



BIO
Eric Mack is a painter living and working in NYC.