Christopher Grimes Gallery is pleased to present Less World, a solo exhibition of new work by Ester Partegás. With the transformation of the gallery space to reflect that of the urban landscape, Ester Partegàs investigates the bombardment of imagery and the excess and waste in consumer society. Utilizing torn magazine advertisements, Partegàs’ large-scale photographic collages entitled “Less World” extricate the product in question to create polychromatic images devoid of their usual messages by superimposing layers of media paper. 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, “Studies on Mysticism”, become lush vibrant abstractions calling attention to the seductive and transcendental promise of commodified culture. Partegàs’ sculptures “Overcast” and “Nothing”, explore themes of isolation, alienation, and emptiness.
The “Less World” series will also appear in a weekly newspaper published by Latitudes in collaboration with Ester Partegàs at the New Museum, New York, from October 6, 2010 to January 9, 2011.
Hong-Kong based fashion design team Ffixxed collaborated with Ester Partegàs on their Spring-Summer 2011 collection called “surviving sustainability:______” which features imagery from the “Less World” series.
Ester Partegàs was born in La Garriga, Spain. She lives and works in Brooklyn, New York. Partegàs has exhibited her work at the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York; The Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum, Ridgefield, Connecticut; the Denison Museum, Granville, OH; and Centro de Arte Reina Sofia, Madrid, among others.