Bortolami is pleased to announce a solo exhibition of new work by the Los Angeles-based artist Eric Wesley, on view from 4 September to 4 October 2014. Please join us for an opening reception for the artist on Thursday, 4 September, from 6 to 8 pm.
An artist who often thematizes various rubrics of success and failure, Eric Wesley’s newest works are large trompe-l'œil paintings that depict “Daily Progress Status Reports.” Each DPS is a blank form for assigning and evaluating the efficiency of a workday; broken up by the hours of the day (from 10:00 am and 6:00 pm), it has space for delegating an assignment for each hour and a box to note whether or not these tasks have been finished satisfactorily. Wesley’s paintings show these DPS worksheets after they have been “completed”: scribbled on, evaluated, crumpled up, stained, faded and folded. His painstaking painting technique contrasts extravagantly with the apathy and ennui which the marks on each form convey, making the exhibition a droll meditation on artistic labor and the constant demand to be productive.
Eric Wesley (born 1973, Los Angeles) has had solo exhibitions in galleries internationally as well as at the MOCA, Los Angeles and Foundation Morra Greco, Naples, Italy. In 2015, he will have a large-scale exhibition at 365 Mission Road in Los Angeles. Wesley has participated in group shows at the Hammer Museum, Los Angeles; Musée d’Art Contemporain, Bordeaux, France; Fundación/Colección, Jumex, Mexico; Museo d’Arte, Benevento, Italy; The Prague Biennial in 2007; Institute of Contemporary Art, London; P.S.1, New York; and the Studio Museum in Harlem. He is one of the founders of the Mountain School of Arts.