Desert X Biennial 2019: Eric N. Mack

For his contribution to Desert X 2019, Eric N. Mack uses a defunct gas station in Mecca, Coachella Valley. “Using the site of a defunct gas station at the edge of the Salton Sea, artist Eric Mack employs his distinctive language of material as gesture to create a living architecture. Silks and tulles have been stretched with rope tensioned to form a line in space, or to reframe the building’s relationship to itself and its surroundings. The iconic Southern California car garage, draped and reanimated as a site-specific sculpture, brings something singular to an already-striking natural location. Halter offers its visitors a respite or site for gentle reflection that can be explored by moving between and among the folds of undulating, colorful, and lush fabrics. It is at once evocative of an unfastened garment, vacant tent, or open umbrella, all fluid and shifting references that the artist has assembled as a physical embodiment of real and imagined desert wanderers.” (info text).

Eric N. Mack: Halter. 99021 Grapefruit Blvd. and Vander Veer Road, Mecca, February 24, 2019.

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