Ester Partegàs investigates the bombardment of imagery and the excess and waste in consumer society in a wide range of media. Partegàs’s large-scale photographic collages extricate the remnants of excess to create polychromatic images devoid of their usual messages by superimposing layers of media. Partegàs offers us only the remains as an absence, which becomes more expressive and empowering than its over-abundant counterpart. In a similar fashion, her works on paper styled after packaged food, become lush vibrant abstractions calling attention to the seductive and transcendental promise of commodified culture, and her sculptures explore themes of isolation, alienation and emptiness.
Ester Partegàs was born in La Garriga, Barcelona and she lives and works in New York. Partegàs has exhibited her work at el Museu d'Aart Contemporani de Barcelona (MACBA), Barcelona, Spain (2015); Columbus Museum of Art, Columbus, OH (2014); Museo Vasco de Arte Contemporáneo, Vitoria-Gasteiz, Spain (2014); 4th Athens Biennial, Athens, Greece (2013); Chinati Foundation, Marfa, TX (2012); Denison Museum, Granville, OH (2010); Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum, Ridgefield, CT (2008); Centro de Arte Reina Sofia, Madrid, Spain (2007); and Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, NY (2004);. Her work is held in the collections of CajaMadrid, Madrid, Spain; Coca-Cola Espana Foundation, Madrid, Spain; The Dikeou Collection, Denver, CO; Instituto de la Juventud, Madrid, Spain; and the Museum of Modern Art Drawings Collection, New York, NY, among others.