You are going to die. And soon. But hey, in the meantime there’s baseball, steak, your family… Cold comfort, or the true stuff of life? In Mac Premo’s exhibition, he looks at how it’s the little things that make life worth living, even though they exist in the ominous, inevitable shadow of death.
The exhibition is presented as an environment made up of Premo’s collage and sculpture work which will also serve as the set for his one-man performance entitled The Luckiest Arab in Belfast, showing February 25th through March 2nd.
Premo’s resin-encased collages and sculptures, as well as his critically acclaimed animations, center on the systemic gathering and documenting of objects. We assign significance to objects beyond their mere function. Subsequently, they become both mnemonic devices and vessels for our stories, personal and collective. The reoccurring theme of “machine” in Premo’s work speaks to our fundamental need to systematize our daily lives and our fascination with process, even though the outcome is known.
Mac Premo is an American artist and stuffmaker who graduated from the Rhode Island School of Design in 1995. He is also a commercial director and proud NYFA fellow. Mac’s art has exhibited in NYC, LA, Washington DC, Miami and PS1 MOMA in Queens, and he has initiated and participated in several public art projects in Belfast, Northern Ireland; his fine art sculptural and collage work is represented by Pavel Zoubok Gallery in New York City.
Mac has won 7 New York Emmy® Awards for his video and animation work, including awards for best commercial, photography, set design and best public service announcement. Using objects collected over the past 20 years as the raw material, Mac created a collage environment inside a 30-yard dumpster called The Dumpster Project (www.thedumpsterproject.com). He currently makes art and video and illustration and wooden things and noises and dinner, most nights. Mac lives in Brooklyn with his wife and two totally radical daughters.
March 8–May 11
The Main Gallery
51 Bergen St.
Saturday, March 8
Presented in conjunction with Pavel Zoubok Gallery