BY NANCY COHEN ISRAEL
For this project, Wesley designed three small, white
carts: one moves up and down, another moves sideways,
and another moves laterally. Bortolami explains that using
Cartesian philosophy of x, y, z, theoretically, they could map
anywhere in space. Three 20’ paintings based on the primary
colors are also part of the installation. In each, one color is
brushed, another is splattered, and another is dripped. Wesley
says that he further explores the emotional characteristics
applied to color: Blue (b) = sadness, Red (r) = anger, and Yellow
(y) = fear. From this he further extrapolates Cartesian ratios.
Wesley adds, “I’m a huge formulist. That’s what interests me
with the ‘D’Cartes’ project.”
Wesley is one of three artists Bortolami will feature at this
year's fair. The other two, Piero Golia and Ben Schumacher,
also have local connections. Golia is scheduled for an
exhibition at the Nasher Sculpture Center, opening in October.
Schumacher has previously donated work to T WO x T WO.
Bortolami is pleased to participate in this year’s show.
The Goss-Michael Foundation, one of the Dallas Art Fair’s
beneficiaries, is honoring Michael Craig-Martin at the annual
MTV RE:DEFINE. For Bortolami, Craig-Martin is “like a
stepfather.” She concludes, “We always participate in TWO x
TWO and we have met quite a few people in Dallas. We feel
Dallas is a great venue to let people know of our program. It
seems like a good time to be here.” P
From left: Eric Wesley, DPS #36 North American Center (Notes from my Mother), 2015, acrylic on aluminum on linen, 48 x 37 in.; Eric Wesley, DPS #34 This
is not Trash ... well you know what I mean, 2015, acrylic on aluminum on linen, 48 x 37 in.; Eric Wesley, DPS #35 Haydn Bust (Assistants), 2015, acrylic on
aluminum on linen, 48 x 37 in.
Eric Wesley, Blue, Yellow, and Red Picture, 2010, latex on
canvas, 132 x 228 in.