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Eric N. Mack: Vogue Fabrics

Saturday, February 18, 2017Sunday, June 18, 2017

Installation view of Eric N. Mack: Vogue Fabrics. Photograph by Tom Loonan.

1905 Building

Eric N. Mack’s paintings and sculptures interweave purchased and found materials, abstract painting, soft sculpture, wearable fashion, display devices, and expanding notions of beauty. In his first solo museum exhibition, Mack (American, born 1987) presents works from 2011 to the present that abut, but do not resolve, resplendent forms with improbable functions.

In his work, Mack seems to grapple with the traditional schism between fine art and fashion through his direct engagement with clothing’s cycle of novelty, outmodedness, and eventual decrepitude. However abstract they appear, Mack’s works always smuggle the body into the exhibition space. Here, fashion serves as a means to elaborate an intimate approach to painting, a desire to frame everyday life.

Installation view of Eric N. Mack: Vogue Fabrics. Photograph by Tom Loonan.

Mack’s exhibition title is a play on the famous fabric retailer and fashion magazine, but it is also an homage to a London nightclub of the same name, which is known for a fashion-centric dance subculture where image and identity are created through performance. If Vogue Fabrics demonstrates that the current and unfashionable, heavy and diaphanous, luxurious and unseemly may occupy the same field, it also insists that such private negotiations become a public conversation.

This exhibition is organized by Senior Curator Cathleen Chaffee.

Admission to this exhibition is free during M&T FIRST FRIDAYS @ THE GALLERY on March 3, April 7, May 5, and June 2, 2017.

Exhibition Sponsors

This exhibition was made possible through the generosity of the Fundación Jumex Arte Contemporáneo and The Seymour H. Knox Foundation.