press release

Almine Rech Gallery is pleased to announce the first exhibition of American artists Eric Mack and Torey Thornton, together at the gallery’s Paris location.

In addition to fluidly combining painting and sculpture, both artists also share a visual language that explores spatial relationships and questions the gesture's role in conceiving form. Torey Thornton’s work oscillates between legibility and abstraction, resulting in a tension that confuses our interpretation of pictorial arrangement. Utilizing common items, primarily textiles and other readymade objects, Eric Mack intervenes on these materials with paint and dye, creating a fusion of incongruous elements. Mack thinks “[…] a lot about abstraction and how to translate that from everyday experience.” Each artist challenges the limits of perception through surprising combinations of color and form, perspective and scale.

Eric Mack (born in 1987) lives and works in New York. He received a BFA from The Cooper Union in 2010, and an MFA from Yale University in 2012. He has participated in numerous American exhibitions, including Everything, Everyday at The Studio Museum in Harlem (2015), and Greater New York, at PS1/MoMA Contemporary Art Center (2015). Mack completed the Harlem Artist in Residency Program at The Studio Museum in 2015, and received the Medici Award in 2010.

Since 2013, the Brooklyn-based artist Torey Thornton (born in 1990) has exhibited broadly in the United States and Europe. This past year, he had his first solo museum exhibition at Albright-Knox Art Gallery, titled Sir Veil. His works are part of permanent collections at The Hammer Museum, Los Angeles, CA; Albright-Knox Art Gallery, Buffalo, NY; University of Chicago Booth School of Business, IL; The Nasher Museum of Art at Duke University, NC; Dallas Museum of Art, TX; and the Birmingham Museum of Art, AL.