Eric N. Mack
Christo and Jean Claude first wrapped monuments in the Garden of Villa Borghese, Rome, in 1963. Ten years later, the couple returned to Rome to wrap the Aurelian walls in polypropylene and rope. As the title suggests, the art object, at its most sacred, should reflect altered systems of value, especially in observation of the world brutalities. It imagines the case for the painting object to leave its autonomous support structures to need the body. Contemplating Rome as a setting for such a visual provocation, I site Christo’s practice as a material painting project that needs architecture as support. I seek to engage a wearer as a physical empath to architecture—a genuine transference from passive viewer to wearer and participant in a materially engaged painting project’s sensorial proposition. My objective in application would create a new center for my material research and painting practice in Rome and also allow me to use the city as site for inquiry.
The photograph of Eric N. Mack was taken by Charlie Engman.