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Installation view, Lynda Benglis, Eric N. Mack, Kelley Walker, September 8 – October 10, 2020

Installation view, Lynda Benglis, Eric N. Mack, Kelley Walker, September 8 – October 10, 2020

Installation view, Lynda Benglis, Eric N. Mack, Kelley Walker, September 8 – October 10, 2020

Installation view, Lynda Benglis, Eric N. Mack, Kelley Walker, September 8 – October 10, 2020

Installation view, Lynda Benglis, Eric N. Mack, Kelley Walker, September 8 – October 10, 2020

Installation view, Lynda Benglis, Eric N. Mack, Kelley Walker, September 8 – October 10, 2020

Installation view, Lynda Benglis, Eric N. Mack, Kelley Walker, September 8 – October 10, 2020

Installation view, Lynda Benglis, Eric N. Mack, Kelley Walker, September 8 – October 10, 2020

Installation view, Lynda Benglis, Eric N. Mack, Kelley Walker, September 8 – October 10, 2020

Installation view, Lynda Benglis, Eric N. Mack, Kelley Walker, September 8 – October 10, 2020

Installation view, Lynda Benglis, Eric N. Mack, Kelley Walker, September 8 – October 10, 2020

Installation view, Lynda Benglis, Eric N. Mack, Kelley Walker, September 8 – October 10, 2020

Installation view, Lynda Benglis, Eric N. Mack, Kelley Walker, September 8 – October 10, 2020

Installation view, Lynda Benglis, Eric N. Mack, Kelley Walker, September 8 – October 10, 2020

Installation view, Lynda Benglis, Eric N. Mack, Kelley Walker, September 8 – October 10, 2020

Installation view, Lynda Benglis, Eric N. Mack, Kelley Walker, September 8 – October 10, 2020

Installation view, Lynda Benglis, Eric N. Mack, Kelley Walker, September 8 – October 10, 2020

Installation view, Lynda Benglis, Eric N. Mack, Kelley Walker, September 8 – October 10, 2020

Installation view, Lynda Benglis, Eric N. Mack, Kelley Walker, September 8 – October 10, 2020

Installation view, Lynda Benglis, Eric N. Mack, Kelley Walker, September 8 – October 10, 2020

Installation view, Lynda Benglis, Eric N. Mack, Kelley Walker, September 8 – October 10, 2020

Installation view, Lynda Benglis, Eric N. Mack, Kelley Walker, September 8 – October 10, 2020

Selected Works

Selected Works Thumbnails
Eric N. Mack 'Chloe' is just the name of the girl in the photograph, 2019 assorted fabric, t-shirt, corduroy, oil cloth, Missoni knit, and thread  72 x 284 x 192 in. (182.9 x 721.4 x 487.7 cm)

Eric N. Mack
'Chloe' is just the name of the girl in the photograph, 2019
assorted fabric, t-shirt, corduroy, oil cloth, Missoni knit, and thread 
72 x 284 x 192 in. (182.9 x 721.4 x 487.7 cm)

Kelley Walker I see a Space, Moth-shaped and Enclosed, 2004 mirrored acrylic/four panels 79 x 82 in. (200.7 x 208.3 cm)

Kelley Walker
I see a Space, Moth-shaped and Enclosed, 2004
mirrored acrylic/four panels
79 x 82 in. (200.7 x 208.3 cm)

Lynda Benglis ORANGE GLOW, 2017 cast sparkles on handmade paper over chicken wire 40 x 25 x 19 in. (101.6 x 63.5 x 48.3 cm)

Lynda Benglis
ORANGE GLOW, 2017
cast sparkles on handmade paper over chicken wire
40 x 25 x 19 in. (101.6 x 63.5 x 48.3 cm)

Eric N. Mack Modern Comfort, 2019 fabric, thread, pins and rope 113 1/2 x 100 x 26 in. (288.3 x 254 x 66 cm)

Eric N. Mack
Modern Comfort, 2019
fabric, thread, pins and rope
113 1/2 x 100 x 26 in. (288.3 x 254 x 66 cm)

Eric N. Mack Performance (suit), 2019 assorted garments, thread, pins 80 x 25 x 12 in. (203.2 x 63.5 x 30.5 cm)

Eric N. Mack
Performance (suit), 2019
assorted garments, thread, pins
80 x 25 x 12 in. (203.2 x 63.5 x 30.5 cm)

Eric N. Mack Key, 2020 assorted fabric, acrylic, felt, feathers, toweling, graphite 46 1/2 x 45 in. (118.1 x 114.3 cm)

Eric N. Mack
Key, 2020
assorted fabric, acrylic, felt, feathers, toweling, graphite
46 1/2 x 45 in. (118.1 x 114.3 cm)

Kelley Walker Screen to Screen 40 x 54_02, 2015 acrylic ink on silkscreen on aluminum frame 54 x 40 in. (137.2 x 101.6 cm)

Kelley Walker
Screen to Screen 40 x 54_02, 2015
acrylic ink on silkscreen on aluminum frame
54 x 40 in. (137.2 x 101.6 cm)

Kelley Walker Screen to Screen 40 x 54_09, 2015 acrylic ink on silkscreen on aluminum frame 54 x 40 in. (137.2 x 101.6 cm)

Kelley Walker
Screen to Screen 40 x 54_09, 2015
acrylic ink on silkscreen on aluminum frame
54 x 40 in. (137.2 x 101.6 cm)

Kelley Walker Screen to Screen 40 x 54_10, 2015 acrylic ink on silkscreen on aluminum frame 54 x 40 in. (137.2 x 101.6 cm)

Kelley Walker
Screen to Screen 40 x 54_10, 2015
acrylic ink on silkscreen on aluminum frame
54 x 40 in. (137.2 x 101.6 cm)

Lynda Benglis Storm A' Coming, 2016 handmade paper over chicken wire, cast sparkles, coal tempera 27 x 32 x 15 in. (68.6 x 81.3 x 38.1 cm)

Lynda Benglis
Storm A' Coming, 2016
handmade paper over chicken wire, cast sparkles, coal tempera
27 x 32 x 15 in. (68.6 x 81.3 x 38.1 cm)

Lynda Benglis Lois Lane (Bull Path Series), 2013-2014 handmade paper over chicken wire, coal tempera, pigmented acrylic medium, watercolor, gold leaf 35 1/2 x 11 x 7 in. (90.2 x 27.9 x 17.8 cm)

Lynda Benglis
Lois Lane (Bull Path Series), 2013-2014
handmade paper over chicken wire, coal tempera, pigmented acrylic medium, watercolor, gold leaf
35 1/2 x 11 x 7 in. (90.2 x 27.9 x 17.8 cm)

Lynda Benglis Animal Twister, 2017 handmade paper over chicken wire, acrylic 35 x 16 x 18 in. (88.9 x 40.6 x 45.7 cm)

Lynda Benglis
Animal Twister, 2017
handmade paper over chicken wire, acrylic
35 x 16 x 18 in. (88.9 x 40.6 x 45.7 cm)

Lynda Benglis Sparkle Flag Fern, 2016 handmade paper over chicken wire, cast sparkles 78 x 19 x 23 in. (198.1 x 48.3 x 58.4 cm)

Lynda Benglis
Sparkle Flag Fern, 2016
handmade paper over chicken wire, cast sparkles
78 x 19 x 23 in. (198.1 x 48.3 x 58.4 cm)

Kelley Walker Untitled, 2015 Gold leaf on laser-cut steel 58 inches in diameter by 1/8 inch (147.3 cm diameter x 3 cm)

Kelley Walker
Untitled, 2015
Gold leaf on laser-cut steel
58 inches in diameter by 1/8 inch (147.3 cm diameter x 3 cm)

 

Lynda Benglis Vested Spirit, 2015 handmade paper over chicken wire, coal tempera, acrylic medium, gold sparkles, sparkles 36 1/2 x 16 x 11 in. (92.7 x 40.6 x 27.9 cm)

Lynda Benglis
Vested Spirit, 2015
handmade paper over chicken wire, coal tempera, acrylic medium, gold sparkles, sparkles
36 1/2 x 16 x 11 in. (92.7 x 40.6 x 27.9 cm)

Kelley Walker I see a Semuta effect-shaped thing, 2002 mirrored acrylic / four panels each: 96 x 48 in. (243.8 x 121.9 cm) overall: 96 x 96 in. (243.8 x 243.8 cm)

Kelley Walker
I see a Semuta effect-shaped thing, 2002
mirrored acrylic / four panels
each: 96 x 48 in. (243.8 x 121.9 cm)
overall: 96 x 96 in. (243.8 x 243.8 cm)

Lynda Benglis Kettu Too, 1981 bronze wire, plaster, gesso, oil base sizing, and gold leaf 23 x 14 x 9 inches (58.4 x 35.6 x 22.9 cm)

Lynda Benglis
Kettu Too, 1981
bronze wire, plaster, gesso, oil base sizing, and gold leaf
23 x 14 x 9 inches (58.4 x 35.6 x 22.9 cm)

Eric N. Mack 'Chloe' is just the name of the girl in the photograph, 2019 assorted fabric, t-shirt, corduroy, oil cloth, Missoni knit, and thread  72 x 284 x 192 in. (182.9 x 721.4 x 487.7 cm)

Eric N. Mack
'Chloe' is just the name of the girl in the photograph, 2019
assorted fabric, t-shirt, corduroy, oil cloth, Missoni knit, and thread 
72 x 284 x 192 in. (182.9 x 721.4 x 487.7 cm)

Kelley Walker I see a Space, Moth-shaped and Enclosed, 2004 mirrored acrylic/four panels 79 x 82 in. (200.7 x 208.3 cm)

Kelley Walker
I see a Space, Moth-shaped and Enclosed, 2004
mirrored acrylic/four panels
79 x 82 in. (200.7 x 208.3 cm)

Lynda Benglis ORANGE GLOW, 2017 cast sparkles on handmade paper over chicken wire 40 x 25 x 19 in. (101.6 x 63.5 x 48.3 cm)

Lynda Benglis
ORANGE GLOW, 2017
cast sparkles on handmade paper over chicken wire
40 x 25 x 19 in. (101.6 x 63.5 x 48.3 cm)

Eric N. Mack Modern Comfort, 2019 fabric, thread, pins and rope 113 1/2 x 100 x 26 in. (288.3 x 254 x 66 cm)

Eric N. Mack
Modern Comfort, 2019
fabric, thread, pins and rope
113 1/2 x 100 x 26 in. (288.3 x 254 x 66 cm)

Eric N. Mack Performance (suit), 2019 assorted garments, thread, pins 80 x 25 x 12 in. (203.2 x 63.5 x 30.5 cm)

Eric N. Mack
Performance (suit), 2019
assorted garments, thread, pins
80 x 25 x 12 in. (203.2 x 63.5 x 30.5 cm)

Eric N. Mack Key, 2020 assorted fabric, acrylic, felt, feathers, toweling, graphite 46 1/2 x 45 in. (118.1 x 114.3 cm)

Eric N. Mack
Key, 2020
assorted fabric, acrylic, felt, feathers, toweling, graphite
46 1/2 x 45 in. (118.1 x 114.3 cm)

Kelley Walker Screen to Screen 40 x 54_02, 2015 acrylic ink on silkscreen on aluminum frame 54 x 40 in. (137.2 x 101.6 cm)

Kelley Walker
Screen to Screen 40 x 54_02, 2015
acrylic ink on silkscreen on aluminum frame
54 x 40 in. (137.2 x 101.6 cm)

Kelley Walker Screen to Screen 40 x 54_09, 2015 acrylic ink on silkscreen on aluminum frame 54 x 40 in. (137.2 x 101.6 cm)

Kelley Walker
Screen to Screen 40 x 54_09, 2015
acrylic ink on silkscreen on aluminum frame
54 x 40 in. (137.2 x 101.6 cm)

Kelley Walker Screen to Screen 40 x 54_10, 2015 acrylic ink on silkscreen on aluminum frame 54 x 40 in. (137.2 x 101.6 cm)

Kelley Walker
Screen to Screen 40 x 54_10, 2015
acrylic ink on silkscreen on aluminum frame
54 x 40 in. (137.2 x 101.6 cm)

Lynda Benglis Storm A' Coming, 2016 handmade paper over chicken wire, cast sparkles, coal tempera 27 x 32 x 15 in. (68.6 x 81.3 x 38.1 cm)

Lynda Benglis
Storm A' Coming, 2016
handmade paper over chicken wire, cast sparkles, coal tempera
27 x 32 x 15 in. (68.6 x 81.3 x 38.1 cm)

Lynda Benglis Lois Lane (Bull Path Series), 2013-2014 handmade paper over chicken wire, coal tempera, pigmented acrylic medium, watercolor, gold leaf 35 1/2 x 11 x 7 in. (90.2 x 27.9 x 17.8 cm)

Lynda Benglis
Lois Lane (Bull Path Series), 2013-2014
handmade paper over chicken wire, coal tempera, pigmented acrylic medium, watercolor, gold leaf
35 1/2 x 11 x 7 in. (90.2 x 27.9 x 17.8 cm)

Lynda Benglis Animal Twister, 2017 handmade paper over chicken wire, acrylic 35 x 16 x 18 in. (88.9 x 40.6 x 45.7 cm)

Lynda Benglis
Animal Twister, 2017
handmade paper over chicken wire, acrylic
35 x 16 x 18 in. (88.9 x 40.6 x 45.7 cm)

Lynda Benglis Sparkle Flag Fern, 2016 handmade paper over chicken wire, cast sparkles 78 x 19 x 23 in. (198.1 x 48.3 x 58.4 cm)

Lynda Benglis
Sparkle Flag Fern, 2016
handmade paper over chicken wire, cast sparkles
78 x 19 x 23 in. (198.1 x 48.3 x 58.4 cm)

Kelley Walker Untitled, 2015 Gold leaf on laser-cut steel 58 inches in diameter by 1/8 inch (147.3 cm diameter x 3 cm)

Kelley Walker
Untitled, 2015
Gold leaf on laser-cut steel
58 inches in diameter by 1/8 inch (147.3 cm diameter x 3 cm)

 

Lynda Benglis Vested Spirit, 2015 handmade paper over chicken wire, coal tempera, acrylic medium, gold sparkles, sparkles 36 1/2 x 16 x 11 in. (92.7 x 40.6 x 27.9 cm)

Lynda Benglis
Vested Spirit, 2015
handmade paper over chicken wire, coal tempera, acrylic medium, gold sparkles, sparkles
36 1/2 x 16 x 11 in. (92.7 x 40.6 x 27.9 cm)

Kelley Walker I see a Semuta effect-shaped thing, 2002 mirrored acrylic / four panels each: 96 x 48 in. (243.8 x 121.9 cm) overall: 96 x 96 in. (243.8 x 243.8 cm)

Kelley Walker
I see a Semuta effect-shaped thing, 2002
mirrored acrylic / four panels
each: 96 x 48 in. (243.8 x 121.9 cm)
overall: 96 x 96 in. (243.8 x 243.8 cm)

Lynda Benglis Kettu Too, 1981 bronze wire, plaster, gesso, oil base sizing, and gold leaf 23 x 14 x 9 inches (58.4 x 35.6 x 22.9 cm)

Lynda Benglis
Kettu Too, 1981
bronze wire, plaster, gesso, oil base sizing, and gold leaf
23 x 14 x 9 inches (58.4 x 35.6 x 22.9 cm)

Press Release

NEW YORK—Opening on Tuesday, September 8, 2020 at 524 West 26th Street, a three-person exhibition of work by Lynda Benglis, Eric N. Mack, and Kelley Walker examines the artists’ shared interest in vernacular and the liminal space between media. Their distinct bodies of work are linked by a perceptive and hand-crafted approach to adornment—transforming quotidian or mass-produced materials through layering, draping and collage. The resulting objects impart looseness and raw mutability, seeming to capture a momentary articulation in the life of the form. Working against precious materials and formal classifications of art, Lynda Benglis, Eric N. Mack, and Kelley Walker engage their surrounding environment to generate intimate experiences of perception.

Produced between 2013 and 2018, Lynda Benglis’s wall sculptures are made from handmade paper that the artist carefully wraps around an armature of chicken wire. Their white or sand-toned surfaces are then brushed with isolated gestures of acrylic medium, paint, ground coal, glitter, and gold leaf. For some, sparkles are mixed directly into the paper pulp to create a deeply iridescent skin. Contorted into flamboyant, biomorphic shapes, the works appear delicate and airy despite their vigorous torque. Perforations in the paper reveal the metal mesh underneath, as if marked by decay, while its wet application impresses a scaly webbed pattern onto the outer layer. “[The works] are very much about the interior space and their relationship to the wall,” Benglis has said. “They’re porous, like skin. For me, it has always been related to the canvas in the broad sense. I’m making my own surfaces, so these pieces are about being what they are—chicken wire and paper—but also about the illusion of form.”[1] The glittering totems demonstrate the artist’s commitment to surface ornamentation through color, material, and texture, as well as her engagement with the physiology of production. Arranged at varying heights in the gallery, the pieces seem to float across the wall.

The exhibition will include a selection of handsewn fabric sculptures by Eric N. Mack, composed from assorted garments or textile scraps including printed scarves, polyester, corduroy, oil cloth, and bleached or tie-dyed muslin. The works draw much of their significance from both the symbolic and utilitarian qualities of their medium, gesturing toward a material culture that has its roots outside art institutions. Moored to the ceiling and walls at discrete pivot points, the collaged sculptures hang in loose catenary curves or extended obliques so that they occasionally graze the floor and reframe the room through articulation and collision. “My process negotiates with the materiality connecting with the site,” Mack explains. “I look for opportunities in the architecture, which takes a degree of planning and anticipation. The work seeks intrinsic prospects for intervention, but a degree of improvisation is also a part of it: conjecture and learning in regard to what is possible spatially.”[2] The resulting compositions are radically transient. Soft and diaphanous and able to expand and contract, they challenge traditional categories of art, residing in an undefined space between painting, sculpture, adornment, and craft.

The melding of various spatial and material conditions is also explored in Kelley Walker’s rectangular Screen to Screen paintings—montages of superimposed silkscreened images. To create the works, the artist manually transfers multiple inked layers onto a polyester mesh substrate, the armature for screen printing, held taut by an aluminum frame. Blurring the distinction between the tool of painting and its support, Walker builds a rich multidimensional field through perceptive tactics of collage. The discrete visual elements are themselves quotations of Walker’s previous works—found images relating to music, advertising, graffiti, bricks, and other motifs that Walker scans and reprints with both digital and analog interference. In the finished Screen, the ghosts of Walker’s visual idiom drift into visibility, like brief enunciations in the production and processing chain of the image. Also on view are shimmering technicolor wall works composed of thin panels of mirrored plexiglass. Meticulously cut using a handheld router, the abstractions reference the evocative shapes of Rorschach inkblots as appropriated by Andy Warhol. Their broken contours reflect back fragmented images that morph as the viewer passes by.

For more information, please contact the gallery: (212) 255-1105 or info@paulacoopergallery.com

1. Federica Bueti, “Lynda Benglis,” BOMB Magazine, December 15, 2016.
2. Viola Angiolini, “Altered Systems of Value: Eric N. Mack,” Mousse Magazine 70, Winter 2020.

Video

Installation walk-through, Lynda Benglis, Eric N. Mack, Kelley Walker, September 8 – October 10, 2020