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Not yet titled, 2016
The installation Wesley created for the Prize is linked to the visual perception of a scientific phenomenon that the artist compares to the Higgs boson. This is the creation of a circular space, described by Wesley as an “island”, inside a bottle of wine, transformed into a spaceship-like sculpture and mounted on top of a tripod.
A mechanism makes the bottle turn at a set speed, while a camera hidden inside shows the image of the vacuum produced by the wine, projecting it onto a screen outside. “It is a physical image of a function of energy,” explains the artist, who painted the inside of the bottle to obtain the desired effect and colour.
He was born in 1973 in Los Angeles, where he lives and works. Eric Wesley’s work offers an ironic commentary on the changing relationship between art and society, artist and citizen, sober seriousness and surreal comedy. His sculptures and installations offer an original and often irreverent point of view on everyday life.
The main solo shows include:
2012 Eric Wesley, Galleria Fonti, Naples, Italy; Eric Wesley: 2 New Works, Bortolami Gallery, New York; 2011 The Same ol’ New Frontier, China Art Objects, Los Angeles; 2009 New Realistic Figures, Maureen Paley, London; 2007 Spafice, Foundation Morra Greco, Naples; 2006 Audi, Meyer-Riegger Gallery, Karlsruhe; Eric Wesley, China Art Objects Galleries, Los Angeles; MOCA FOCUS: Eric Wesley, Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles; 2005 Bowie-Van Valen Gallery, Amsterdam; 2004 I love WW2, Locust Projects, Miami; 2003 Jeans Theory, Statements, Art Basel, Basel; 2002 New Amsterdam Lights, Metro Pictures, New York; Enchilada “The Endless Burrito”, Meyer-Reigger Galerie, Karlsruhe; 2001 Two Story Clocktower, CalTech, Pasadena; 2000 Kicking Ass, China Art Objects Galleries, Los Angeles; 1999 Camper, China Art Objects Galleries, Los Angeles.
Eric Wesley, label for CastelGiocondo Brunello di Montalcino, Dedicated vintage 2011. Ed. 500 Magnum, 2013
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