Ester Partegàs takes various “non-spaces” as a point of departure in many of her installations by reproducing public areas intended for transitory use such as airport lounges, corporate plazas or atriums. 

In her new work, “The Passerby”, one of which is on view at FOUR A.M. until December 19th, she builds on these ideas and focuses on the street and its extensions. These sculptures are a series of cast polyurethane sculptures based on the familiar and generic plastic tarpaulins that are used on street markets and construction sites around the world. Partegàs transforms these resistant materials into translucent and ethereal objects of beauty that are imbued with the memory of its original. The work points to a reality that is in constant flow of commercial transactions, circulations of goods and people, consumption and disposal. Partegàs explains: “I am interested in the passerby as an active agent in the interconnected relationship of material culture and social life. I want to counter the tendency that simplifies the citizen as a passive consumer, and instead show how the relation with the material world is complex, often contradictory and sometimes enlightening.”

Ester Partegàs was born in 1972 in La Garrigia, Barcelona and holds an MFA from the Universitat de Barcelona. She completed postgraduate studies in Multimedia at Hochschule der Kunste, Berlin and participated in the International Studio and Curatorial Program in New York. Recent solo and group exhibitions include: Poems for supermarkets, LodretVandret at REMA 1000 Supermarket, Copenhagen, Denmark; Gut feelings, Zuckerman Mu3seum of Art, Kennesaw, GA; The Passerby, Foxy Production, New York; Samesation, DA2 Domus Artium, Salamanca, Spain; 4th Athens Bienniale,  Athens, Greece; Less World, Christopher Grimes Gallery, Santa Monica, CA; The Invisible, The Aldrich Museum for Contemporary Art, Ridgefield, CT; Everything Must Go, Casey Kaplan Gallery, New York, NY. She is included in the permanent collections of the Museum of Modern Art, NY; the Dikeou Collection, Denver, CO; the Coca-Cola Espana Foundation, Madrid Spain and the Instituto de la JUventud, Madrid Spain. Ester Partegàs lives and works in New York. 

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