(Easter) The Spring / The Holy Ground

Artist: Eric N. Mack
painting, miscellaneous | Acrylic, dye and paper on moving blanket | 1832x2032mm | 2018

Eric N. Mack’s works maximize the qualities of fabric—its opacity, color, and texture—to create works that combine elements of painting and sculpture. In (Easter) The Spring/Holy Ground he collaged a group of texts and drawings onto a moving blanket to which he has attributed the qualities “softness, protection, [and] warmth.” Similarly poetic associations may extend to a constellation of items within the work, such as the press release for a gallery show by Alvin Baltrop, who made intimate photographs of Manhattan’s West Side piers (across from what is now the Whitney’s current location) while working as a mover and living nearby in his van. Mack seems to imply a link between the protective spirit of the blanket and his recuperative gesture toward the vulnerable and overlooked legacy of Baltrop’s life and work. (Image courtesy the artist; Morán Morán, Los Angeles; and Simon Lee, London)


Whitney Biennial 2019 | 2019.05.17 - 2019.09.22 | Whitney Museum of American Art(New York City, NY, United States)