Fast food architecture inspires a body of work that spans a year-long exhibition

Bortolami, a New York City-based gallery, is challenging the conventional gallery model of presenting art. Their Artist / City series aims to employ nontraditional buildings and have artists control what happens with those spaces over the span of a year. Their first collaboration was with LA-based artist Eric Wesley at a former Taco Bell located in Cahokia, Illinois. Wesley's exhibition titled The Bell contained work that took inspiration from the former Taco Bell restaurant. Wesley updated both the exterior site and interior space with new work over the course of 12 months.

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The show featured a series of large circular painting that reimagine the cross-section of a burrito. One interprets the floor plan of the building and another represents the human brain in sliced burrito form.

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Later installations included suspended bronze cast models of the Taco Bell location and a Pizza Hut located across the street within the interior. The sculptures mimic an architectural dialog that happens in real life.

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Wesley altered the exterior with a mini corn maze planted in front of the building and added a bronze sculpture of a bell to the original belfry.

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Former Taco Bell Restaurant

The Bell is running through April 2017 so there's still time to catch the first project in this series. The next location and artist is scheduled for the Pirelli Building in New Haven, Connecticut with Tom Burr.

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Bortolami, a New York City-based gallery, is challenging the conventional gallery model of presenting art. Their Artist / City series aims to employ nontraditional buildings and have artists control what happens with those spaces over the span of a year. Their first collaboration was with LA-based artist Eric Wesley at a former Taco Bell located in Cahokia, Illinois. Wesley's exhibition titled The Bell contained work that took inspiration from the former Taco Bell restaurant. Wesley updated both the exterior site and interior space with new work over the course of 12 months.