New York: 5 early career artists you should know - Art Collector

Eric Mack, Tent, 2015. Dye, acrylic, coffee grounds, reclaimed quilts, oversized grommet, assorted microfiber blankets, and metal tent armature, 107 x 123 x 139in. Photo: Joshua White. Courtesy: the artist

The New York art world is brimming with fresh talent waiting to catch the eye of curators, dealers and collectors. Jessica Holburn looks at the practices of five New York-based early-career artists who she believes are ready to shine.

Eric Mack
Born in Columbia, Maryland, 1987. Lives and works in New York

Transforming utilitarian garments, blankets and other found materials such as rope and magazine pages into deconstructed, abstract expressionistic paintings, Mack pushes acrylic paint through his materials as if to mimic a screen-printing process. His compositions are lyrical and gestural, bordering on the performative as though they are dancing off the wall. Mack often uses the patchwork quilt as a symbol of everyday life in black southern culture rich in colours and texture. Bridging his practice between art and fashion, Mack has risen quickly with work also featured in Greater New York 2015 and a solo at Moran Bondaroff in Los Angeles in 2015, a gallery known for showing other hotly coveted emerging artists such as painter Torey Thornton. Thornton also curated Mack’s work in a group show at the very on trend OHWOW Gallery in Los Angeles. In the same year Mack collaborated with Lucinda Trask on her fashion line called LIKE.

With a BFA from Cooper Union and an MFA from Yale University, Mack then went on to an artist residency at the Studio Museum in Harlem from 2014 to 2015. He has taken part in group shows at David Zwirner Gallery and Susanne Geiss gallery.

This year Mack looks forward to his upcoming show at James Fuentes in April in 2016 as well as a two Person show with the aforementioned Torey Thornton at Almine Reich Gallery in Paris, Fall 2016.

Rachel Rossin
Born in Florida, Miami, 1987. Lives and works in New York

Rachel Rossin, Self Portrait. 46 x 38in with Virtual Reality installation. Courtesy: the artist and Zieher Smith & Horton

2015 was an incredibly busy year for Rossin, kicking off January with a solo at SIGNAL in Bushwick, Brooklyn, where she showed three virtual reality installations. Rossin was also a virtual reality fellow at NEW INC, the New Museum’s incubator for art, design and technology. She then rounded the year off with a solo titled “Lossy” at Zieher Smith & Horton in Chelsea, part of which made an appearance at Untitled Art Fair at Art Basel Miami Beach, where passers by could strap on an Oculus Rift and experience a two-minute journey through a 360-degree landscape. This year Rossin will participate in the Spring/Break Art Fair and will be part of the New Museum's NEW INC and Kill Screen conference in March. Rossin is also developing work for a solo show at the Bas Fisher Invitational in Miami this fall.

Rossin explores ideas of embodiment through the use of Oculus technology (recently acquired by Facebook for US$2 billion) her immersive three-dimensional simulations become a foundation for her warped paintings. An honours graduate from Florida State University, she has been a recipient of many other residencies including the Mate Spade & Co FOundation. Her work has been favourably reviewed in Art Forum and
The New York Times, the latter of which covered both her Bushwick and Chelsea solo shows.

Doreen Garner
Born in Philadelphia, USA, 1986. Lives and works in New York
Doreen Garner, NEO (plasm), 2015.Glass, Polyester Fiber, Swarovski Crystals, Condoms, Hair Weave, Pearls, Glitter, Polyurethane, Urethane Plastic, Beads, Petroleum Jelly, Hair Ballies, Zip Ties, Epoxy Putty, 24 x 24 x 36in. Courtesy: the artist

Garner was recently featured in Artnet News as one of 20 Emerging Female Artists to Keep on Your Radar. In 2016 Garner will feature in a group show curated by New York artist Derrick Adams titled Something I Can Feel at Volta Art Fair in New York. Her sculpture, video and performance work explores the notion of desire and challenges the fetishisation of the black female body. Using unconventional mixed materials such as glass, polyester fibre, Swarovski crystals, condoms, pearls, glitter and petroleum jelly, her work holds a precarious balance between obscenity and opulence. Garner has spoken out about art world hypocrisy on the topic of race, seeking to encourage further understanding about cultural seclusion and separation.

Garner has held a solo show,
Ether and Agony at Antenna Gallery in New Orleans, Louisiana and she has participated in group shows at upcoming galleries such as Cindy Rucker Gallery. She has participated in the Abrons AIR Space Residency at the Abrons Art Center in New York, as well as the S12 Glass Artist in Residence at S12 Bergen in Norway.

This year she has begun a residency at Pioneer Works in Brooklyn, where she is scheduled to hold a solo show at the completion of her residency.

Stewart Uoo
Born in California, USA, 1985. Lives and works in New York

Represented by emerging gallerist to watch 47 Canal, Uoo embraced 2016 with a show titled Curtains, alongside his inspiration and former professor at California College of the Arts, Franklin Williams, who has his own early work situated within the exhibition. Moving away from his tendency toward cyborgian mannequins, in Curtains Uoo works with menswear, from sweats, fleece and polos, to create bulbous-like sculptures that are suspended like bizarre window decor. Uoo also has a sculpture included in Greater New York at MoMA PS1, a showcase of old school and new school artists based in New York.

Uoo is garnering a name for himself globally. In 2015 he held a solo show,
Viva La Juicy, at Mendes Wood DM in São Paulo, Brazil and also exhibited at the ICA in London. In 2014 he held a solo show at Galerie Daniel Buchholz in Berlin. In 2013 he had his first two-person museum exhibition, Outside Inside Sensibility with Jana Euler, curated by Jay Sanders at the Whitney Museum of American Art. With a BFA from the California College of the Arts in San Francisco and a Masters from Städelschule HFBK in Germany, Uoo has been a recipient of The Louis Comfort Tiffany Foundation Award as well as the Fun Fellowship Grant. His work is in the public collections of the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York.

Meriem Bennani
Born in Rabat, Morocco, 1988. Lives and works in New York
Meriem Bennani, insallation view. Photo: Dan McMahon. Courtesy: the artist.

Bennani's solo show Gradual Kingdom at Signal in Brooklyn received coverage in Art in America and The New York Times. Adorning the gallery floors with sand, her installations reflect the rapid transformation of her birthplace as a site of commodified exoticism. Her projections of imagery and sound are overlapping and chaotic, like having multiple screens open at the same time, to a point of disorientation. Bennani often uses humour and popular culture references as gateways into her work.

“It was amazing to build the show on site and from sketches I had drawn in Morocco in the beautiful space with the help of Alex and Kyle,” Bennani says of the exhibition with Alex Johns and Kyle Jacques, co-directors of SIGNAL gallery. “Something about the space is so dramatic that it asks for sculptural work. As someone who mainly works on a computer, it was a great challenge and work out.”

Bennani's work has also been curated in the latest group show
Unorthodox at the Jewish Museum. Bennani is a keen collaborator, she is working with fellow artist Hayden Dunham on a collaborative curatorial project called Other Travel and she is co-creator of Some Silly Stories, based on her own drawings in dialogue with musician Flavien Berger. Bennai is also currently working on videos and photographs documenting the life of Fardaous Funjab, an avant-garde Moroccan Hijab designer, exploring the intersection of fashion, religion and sexuality. She is also a recipient of the Makers Muse grant from the Kindle Project.

Bennani earned an MFA from the Ecole Nationale Supérieure des Arts Décoratifs in Paris and a BFA from Cooper Union in New York.

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