Eric Wesley, ‘Wife beater (Homage to Baroness Elsa von Freytag)’, 2017, Fisher Parrish Gallery
Eric Wesley, ‘Wife beater (Homage to Baroness Elsa von Freytag)’, 2017, Fisher Parrish Gallery
Eric Wesley, ‘Wife beater (Homage to Baroness Elsa von Freytag)’, 2017, Fisher Parrish Gallery

“I thought it appropriate to continue with the Duchampian (or conversely anti-Duchampian) spirit of writing an original explanation of my participation. The controversy over the originator of the artwork known as “Fountain” credited to Duchamp at this moment in time has been around for years. As I’m sure you know, a woman named baroness Elsa von Freytag has also been “credited” with the artworks creation. Without getting into theoretical or conceptual overtones, as is my right as an artist myself, I hope to drawn attention to this subject to a wider public. I also hope to address feminist issues, which are currently and consistently being addressed by many of my colleagues. I will present a number of “wife beater” under garments for sell. Many of the motivations are of a personal nature and I wish for them to remain so, however I believe through proximity to language and object a broader point can be made. The shirts are signed by myself to enforce these notions, and the tag of the shirts were meant to be “frayed” as a pun on the name Freytag, but....."

About Eric Wesley

Combining design and ironic commentary, Eric Wesley creates installations and paintings that are part art-historical reference and part invention. For example, “Spa-fice” (2007-2008), a hybrid spa-office, synthesizes the modular aesthetic of the office with the requisite ingredients for a spa, including a Jacuzzi and a giant bathrobe suspended from the ceiling. Humorously evoking the importance of (or imprisonment by-) the Cartesian grid in modern art, Wesley’s series “D’Carts Blanche and New Paintings” (2010)—“D’Carts” acting as a pun on the name René Descartes—features the Cartesian coordinates of X, Y and Z translated into objects, including three carts and paint-splashed canvases in primary colors.

American, b. 1973, Los Angeles, California, based in Los Angeles, California

Solo Shows

2018
Galleria Fonti, 
Naples, Italy,
Eric Wesley
2018
Redling Fine Arts, 
Los Angeles, CA, USA,
Eric Wesley: BUG (A Proposal 2018)
2018
Red Bull Arts, NADA 2018, 
New York, NY, USA,
The Bell, Mannahatta

Group Shows

2017
Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit, 
Detroit, MI, USA,
99 Cents or Less
2016

Fair History on Artsy

2016
Bortolami at Art Basel 2016
2013
China Art Objects Galleries at NADA Miami Beach 2013