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Eugene Macki

November 16, 2024

This play is a reflection on the (im)possibility of accepting diversity and the other. The fragmented body of the neoplasm—the fruit of unstable conditions—overcomes barriers, loves and denies itself and others, wanders around, forgetting its profession. It frequently and with pleasure divides, goes through dangerous palpation, questions the possibility of contact with the experience of the other. Poorly brought up but very successful, it invites us to a trans-species transition.

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Eugene Macki is a multi-disciplinary artist who grew up in Hackney, East London. Macki's artwork is known for its versatility and encompasses a range of mediums including sculpture, installation, land art, experimental video, and performance. Their artistic contributions have been recognized with awards such as the SPACE Artist Award and SPACE Hackney Studio Award in 2021, and the Gilbert Bayes Award by The Royal Society of Sculptors in 2020. Macki's explores what it means to exist and the role of objects within this field of existence. He is also interested in different types of transformations, and how objects come to acquire meaning.  

Macki was selected for exhibition by a panel of Mattress Factory alumni artists through International Open Call. Mattress Factory believes that alumni artists, those artists who have completed a residency and exhibition with us, know better than anyone what our resources and capacity can accomplish and how special our community is. The panel offers a perspective unlike any other, one that is deeply familiar with the museum, engaged in many aspects of the contemporary art field, and invested in pushing our exhibitions program in new directions.  The artist alumni panelists were Vanessa German, Sohrab Kashani, Christopher Meerdo and Sarah Oppenheimer.

WHEN

Upcoming

November 16, 2024

Where

500 Sampsonia

About The Artist

Eugene Macki is an artist based in London and a member of the Royal Society of Sculptors (UK). He works within the domain of land art, installation, video, sculpture, and performance. He frequently travels to various locations to work on site-specific projects. Recent awards and residencies include the Elizabeth Murray Artist Residency (USA, 2022); Research retreat at the Old Jet Arts Centre (UK, 2021); SPACE Artist Award (2021) and SPACE Hackney Studio Bursary (UK, 2021-2022); The Gilbert Bayes Award by The Royal Society of Sculptors (UK, 2020); Trinity Buoy Wharf Drawing Prize: tour to The Salisbury Museum, Trinity Buoy Wharf, and The Gallery at De Montfort University (UK, 2019-2020); Residency at Portland Institute for Contemporary Art (USA, 2019); Residency Project at St. Augustine's Tower, Hackney Historic Buildings Trust (UK, 2019); Residency at Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture (USA, 2018).

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