Christopher Grimes Gallery is pleased to present what you are, the world is, a solo exhibition of new work by Ester Partegás that furthers her exploration into the social, emotional and physical relationship of the spectator to those objects that have become part of the urban landscape. This exhibition will coincide with a solo show at the Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofia, Madrid, Spain opening on December 18, 2007.
Partegás introduces large unique digital archival pigment prints depicting close-ups of the slick surfaces of black garbage bags. The black garbage bag continues to function for her as a signifier for what “remains from our quest of wanting,” – in other words - “what we refuse.” Her characteristic play with the size of everyday objects in her work is evident here as the images are enlarged to human size and exhibited 3 inches off the floor. Partegás also, “...want(s) to emphasize the similarity of these photos to sadomasochist uniforms, a relation of love and desire, also of violence and rejection. This work echoes the current general behavior of a constant state of wanting and un-satisfaction.”
The South Gallery will present a new work, INVADERS, in conjunction with the work that will be shown at the Reina Sofia. Based on drawings, this work is rendered in enamel on plexiglas and reveals an abstracted and variegated image of trash bins in their urban landscape. Propped against the wall, the work presents the viewer with the most banal features of urban experience, the detritus found on the streets. Partegás wants the viewer’s attention to focus on what is taken for granted, even deliberately ignored by a contemporary society where over-consumption and over-production is the norm.
Ester Partegás was born in La Garriga, Spain. She studied in Berlin and Barcelona and she lives and works in Brooklyn, New York. Partegás has exhibited her work at the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, Rice University Art Gallery, Houston, Texas, PS 1 Contemporary Art Center, New York, and Centre d’Art, Santa Monica, Barcelona. She participated in the 2nd Moscow Biennale of Contemporary Art (2007) as well as the Busan Bienniale in Korea (2006).