Artist & Designer In Conversation: Grace Wales Bonner and Eric N. Mack

26 Oct 2018
6:30pm - 8:30pm
5 Carlos Place
London, W1K 3AP
United Kingdom

Hear from pioneering menswear designer and winner of the 2016 LVMH prize, Grace Wales Bonner when she speaks with New York-based artist, Eric N. Mack about their latest collaboration, Des Hommes et des Dieux [Of Men and Gods]. Moderated by design curator, Emily King, this conversation will explore their unique way of working together and use of materials to reflect identity and propose new narratives.

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Grace Wales Bonner graduated from Central St. Martins in 2014. She was awarded Emerging Menswear Designer at the British Fashion Awards in 2015, and the LVMH Young Designer Prize in 2016. Wales Bonner has presented at the Serpentine Gallery and the Victoria and Albert Museum. Informed by broad research that encompasses critical theory, composition, literature, and historical sources, Wales Bonner explores a distinctive notion of luxury via a hybrid of European and Afro-Caribbean approaches. International stockists include Dover Street Market, Selfridges, 10 Corso Como, Joyce, Matches, The Webster and Galeries Lafayette.
Eric N. Mack was born in 1987 in Columbia, Maryland and lives and works in New York, NY. He received his BFA from The Cooper Union, New York, NY and his MFA from Yale University, New Haven, CT. In April 2018, Mack presented Misa Hylton-Brim, his inaugural solo exhibition with the gallery and his first in London. In January 2018, he collaborated with menswear designer Grace Wales Bonner to create a site-specific installation for her AW18 show as part of London Fashion Week Men’s. A second collaboration with Wales Bonner titled ‘Blue Duets’ recently took place at Totokaelo in New York to celebrate the launch of the designer’s new SS18 collection. In 2017, Mack was the recipient of the inaugural BALTIC Artists’ Award selected by artist Lorna Simpson and completed the Rauschenberg Residency in Captiva Island, Florida, FL and an artist-in-residency at Delfina Foundation in London, UK. Institutional solo exhibitions include the BALTIC Artists’ Award 2017, BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art, Gateshead, UK (2017) and Eric Mack: Vogue Fabrics, Albright–Knox Art Gallery, Buffalo, NY (2017). Major group exhibitions include Ungestalt, Kunsthalle Basel, Basel, Switzerland (2017); In the Abstract, Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art, Massachusetts, MA (2017); Blue Black, Pulitzer Arts Foundation, St Louis, MO (2017); Making & Unmaking: An exhibition curated by Duro Olowu, Camden Arts Centre, London, UK (2016) and Greater New York 2015, MoMA PS1, Long Island City, NY (2015).
Emily King is a design historian, curator and a writer. Her books include monographs on Peter Saville, M/M Paris and the legendary 1950s art director, Robert Brownjohn. Among her recent exhibitions is Quick, Quick, Slow: graphic design and time, which she curated for the Lisbon design biennial Experimenta, as well as monographic shows on Alan Fletcher and Richard Hollis.
Image: Installation by Eric N. Mack for Grace Wales Bonner, Des Hommes et des Dieux [Of Men and Gods], London Fashion Week Men's, 2018. Photo by Jamie Stoker.

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