Alumna Cati Bestard ‘18 in Solo Exhibition at Ulterior Gallery
February 8, 2019
Bestard's work focuses on taking the spaces she inhabits and commonplace architecture as a starting point. Using sculpture and photography, she’s interested in exploring the connection between physical space and its representation.
decrease is a room based on one corner of another room. In a previous work, Bestard created a sculpture based on a photograph of a corner in her apartment, and every piece in decrease utilizes that exact same sculpture. She has cut up the sculpture into smaller pieces and repurposed them in order to create something new. This deconstruction and reconstruction became the central idea behind decrease. In regards to the exhibition, Bestard says, “What if the only way to care for the world is to decrease? To produce less, to consume less, to take less and leave less behind. To reconsider what we really need and create another system of values.”
According to Ulterior, “decrease reflects the whole and fragments, the need to reorganize and reconstruct, and the role of reduction in the use of materials and artistic process. The nature of the photographic image enforces limits and boundaries to the realization of materiality. Created using previously disregarded or cast-off materials, including expired paper, the works on view in decrease embody the contradiction of thinking about decreasing while still producing something new.”
Bestard has had pieces in exhibitions at Ortega y Gasset (New York), Time Square Space (New York), Jewish Museum (New York), and the Lenfest Center for the Arts (New York), among others.