Sat 25 September – Sat 20 November, 2004. Barcelona
Nogueras Blanchard presents the first solo exhibition in a gallery of Esther Partegàs. Barricades has a number of border works between painting, drawing and sculpture to explore urban public spaces and consumer culture, central themes in the artistic practice of Partegàs.
Partegàs’s work is mainly informed by the generic elements which constitute our urban landscape, such as garbage bags, bulletin boards, ATMs, trees and benches. Barricades are guessed at through layers of black enamel, transparencies and color, overlapping images of garbage cans and saturated boiling over for its own content. The trash can is a universally recognized in contemporary urban life object, but to point out a particular product or system, Partegàs used it as a sign of behavior in our society that carries descriptive information of the individual who uses it and their ability to ” throwaway “continuously. The space offered by boats Barricades is not enough, symbolizing information overload and excessive consumption and unconscious overflowing.
The dramatic scale of the objects represented and created the game shines, makes the viewer feel physically included in them and the vulnerability of the human body is challenged when excess waste internalize our culture produces. Partegàs explained as follows this work: “What I’m interested in the trash Barricades is anthropomorphic, and not only physically, but also and above all, a political and emotional level. The phrases I have included in these drawings by way of subtitles makes waste, or rather, the ‘junk status-of-each-corner’ that is, to engage more psychological way with the citizen / viewer: what We discard along most of the day? what things we take for granted, worn, inadequate, desperdiciables? what we would really let go … this is what is left behind each day; and if we barricade blocks the passage, as does waste mountain”.
After studying Fine Arts at the University of Barcelona and at the Hochschule der Künste in Berlin, Partegàs transfer his residence to Brooklyn, New York. His solo exhibitions include Centre d’Art Santa Monica, Barcelona (2003); Hallwalls Contemporary Art Center, Buffalo, NY (2003); Rice University Art Gallery, Houston, Texas (2002); and between collective: Long Term Installations, PS1 Contemporary Art Center, New York (2004); The Paper Sculpture Show, Sculpture Center, New York (2003); Outer City / Inner Space, Whitney Museum of American Art at Altria, New York (2002). In February he was awarded the 2004 prize CajaMadrid Generation Social Work. His work is on display Paisatges Mediàtics of the La Caixa Foundation will travel to mid-2005 is currently teaching at the department of sculpture at Yale University, New Haven, Connecticut.