Ester Partega "More World"

Foxy Production

poster for Ester Partega "More World"

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More World, ESTER PARTEGÀS' latest solo exhibition at Foxy Production, plays with perceptions of excess, anxiety, pleasure, and deprivation. More World combines wallpaper, drawings, prints, sculpture, and video in a charged environment of color and contrast. Nature within the city, packaging, and fast-food provide inspiration for the artist’s ironic takes on the psychic underpinnings of landscapes, surfaces, and objects.

Partegàs unpacks Pop, contaminating it with trash, removing its logos and references, and infusing it with a corrupted photo-realism. Private and public spheres sit uneasily together, as the artist traces the process of consumption: from the birth of desires in marketing to the final transformation of products into trash, the symbol of depletion and, perhaps, death.

The walls of the gallery are covered by the monochromatic Wallpaper (Fences) (2010) with its repeating photographic images of fencing and trees. The landscape is immediately recognizable as an abandoned urban area, common to large swathes of the post-industrial American city. For Partegàs the fence represents the division between the civilized and the wild, between order and disorder, and between the clean and the tainted; unnervingly, we cannot be sure which side of it we are on.

Organized Fries (2007-2010), also hung directly onto the wallpaper, are digital prints of arrangements of French fries on brightly colored backgrounds. Partegàs makes the humble fry – unremarkable, almost invisible in its ubiquity – the focus of attention, the essential element within the visual systems she develops. She wittily places and classifies each fry with a formal precision reminiscent of a natural history museum exhibit.

ESTER PARTEGÀS (La Garriga, Barcelona, 1972) lives and works in Brooklyn, NY. She holds an MFA from the Universitat de Barcelona and has completed postgraduate studies in Multimedia at Hochschule der Kunste, Berlin. Exhibitions include: Whitechapel Gallery, London (upcoming)(2011); Christopher Grimes Gallery, Santa Monica, CA (solo); Socrates Sculpture Park, Long Island City, NY; Denison Museum, Granville, OH (all 2010); Brooklyn Academy of Music, Brooklyn, NY; Macro Future, Depart Foundation, Rome; Foundation CaixaForum, Barcelona (all 2009); The Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum, Ridgefield, CT (2008); Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofia, Madrid (solo); 2nd Moscow Bienniale (both 2007).



from October 21, 2010 to December 18, 2010

Opening Reception on 2010-10-21 from 18:00 to 20:00


Ester Partega

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