Anna Kustera Gallery is delighted to present Will Laughlin and Eric N. Mack in a two person exhibition.
Will Laughlin's minimal, painted abstractions are layered, apparently authorless and only reluctantly handsome. In concerning himself with surface, navigability and architectural constraints on space, the artist holds onto Modernism's sense of progress and Op Art's visual and conceptually rigor without romanticizing the past. Laughlin's titles, such as 'Foggy Mirrors or Wicked Hangovers' and 'Amuse Bouche' belie his wry, contemporary approach to a multifaceted practice rich with logic and tension.
The artfully altered scraps of found cloth and utilitarian fabrics in the works of Eric Mack become gestural, Rauschenbergian blankets that commandeer space and attention in striking ways. The sewn works are definitively unfinished and often cascade onto the gallery floor, as if not always content to remain politely on the wall. Mack's painted, poked and puckered fabrications retain a sculptural presence that contributes to their perpetual state of colorful growth and flux.
Will Laughlin received his MFA from Rutgers University in New Brunswick, NJ, in 2012 and his BFA from the Cleveland Institute of Art in Ohio in 2010. He lives and works in Brooklyn, NY.
Eric N. Mack received his MFA from Yale University in New Haven, CT, in 2012 and his BFA from Cooper Union in New York in 2010. His work was recently included in 'Fore' at The Studio Museum in Harlem, NY, where the artist lives and works.