Ester Partegàs’ work cannily articulates tensions around consumption and excess, capturing the expression and resistance that somehow escape through fissures in a contemporary climate of scrutiny and control. In her investigations of public and private spaces, she often takes the city street, its people, products and refuse, as her starting point. She creates unnerving, gestural tableaux that consider how individuality and collectivity evolve and devolve.

Partegàs produces work across an often surprising range of media, including drawings on Mylar; digital prints on Perspex; sculptural installations in paper, cardboard, wood, fiberglass or cement; and adhesive vinyl murals. She explores excessive consumption by destabilizing scale, and mimicking and parodying familiar signs or settings. She applies an often darkly comic wit to her meditations on urban spaces and consumer lifestyles, playing with the urge to privilege the handmade over the mass-manufactured.

Partegàs suggests that with our ever more supervised and restrained personal experiences, it is in the rejected, the unclean, and the surplus that creativity, agency, and defiance may prosper. She presents a paradoxical, almost Beckettian world where the sense of a continuous present is tempered by a looming fear of apocalypse.

Ester Partegàs (La Garriga, Barcelona, 1972) lives and works in New York City. She holds an MFA from the Universitat de Barcelona and has completed postgraduate studies in Multimedia at Hochschule der Kunste, Berlin.




Selected Bibliography

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Baudoin, Tanja. "Ester Partegas."...might be good. Issue No. 196. 14 Sept. 2012: Web.

d'Orgeval, Alice. "Marfa, la ruée vers l'art." Figaro Magazine. 1 Sept. 2012.

Levin, Kim. “Talking Trash.” ARTnews. June. 2011: 1, 90-95.

Boucher, Brian. "Ester Partegas." Art in America. 28 Feb. 2011. Web.

Kyle, Tara. “Chelsea Exhibit Tackles the Intersection of Consumerism and Nature.” DNAinfo. 15 Nov. 2010. Web.

Laster, Paul. "Ester Partegàs, 'More World.'" Time Out New York 789. 11-17 Nov. 2010: 52.

Saltz, Jerry. “Tranformation Station.” New York Magazine. 8 Nov. 2010: 96.

Tomeo. Michael. "Paper or Plastic: Ester Partegàs, More World at Foxy Production." Daily Serving. 4 Nov. 2010. Web.

Liebowitz, Rachel. "More World at Foxy Production." The Drawing Center Blog. 30 Oct. 2010. Web.

Davis, Ben. "Transcendent Trash." Artnet. 27 Oct. 2010. Web.

Mossman, Danae. "Ester Partegàs." Flash Art. Int. Ed. Jan.-Feb. 2010: 85.

Espejo, Bea. "Ester Partegas: Question of weight." Dardo Magazine. No. 8. Jun - Sept 2008.

Navarro, Mariano. "Ester Partegas, a través de la grieta." El Mundo. Jan. 2008.

Rodriguez, Marta. "Cart(ajena)." ArtNexus. 65.6: 2007: 155-158.

Stolz, George. "Ester Partegas." ARTnews. June. 2007: 148.

Momin, Shamim M. "Moving About Matters." Slave Magazine. 2006.

Peran, Marti and Ester Partegàs. "Sky-Lines." Calories: Slave Magazine. Oct.-Nov. 2005.

Volk, Gregory. "Fixed and Hazardous Objects." Virginia Commonwealth University, 2006.

Baird, Daniel. “Make It Now.” Brooklyn Rail, July/August 2005: 12.

Smith, Roberta. “The Many Shades of Now, Explored in 3 Dimensions.” The New York Times, 27 May 2005: E37.

Ammarati, Domenick. “Make It Now.” Artforum. Oct. 2005: 278.

Alvarez-Reyes, José Antonio. “Ester Partegàs.” Flash Art International. Jan.-Feb. 2004: 105.

Walen, Audrey. "Ester Partegas." Tema celeste. Summer 2001.

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