Artist: Christina Quarles
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New Century Art Foundation | Pond Society, Shanghai
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Pond Society is pleased to announce Los Angeles-based artist Christina Quarles’ solo exhibition. Organized in collaboration with Regen Projects, Los Angeles, this exhibition marks the artist’s first solo presentation in China.
Quarles has attracted widespread attention for her distinctive figuration, which hovers on the brink of abstraction. Drawing on color, texture, line, and pattern, Quarles’s dynamic paintings depict contorted, often naked bodies whose limbs navigate through patterned planes. From plaids and florals to checkerboard and lattice, motifs as dainty as they are oppressive form the backdrops against which her figures writhe, ensnaring them in the domestic comforts they evoke. Informed by her own identity as a queer woman of mixed race, the bent, almost violent positions these figures assume seem to embody the discomfort and absurdity of inhabiting gendered and racialized bodies.
Born in 1985 in Chicago, IL, Christina Quarles received an MFA from Yale University in 2016, attending the Skowhegan School of Painting & Sculpture that same year.
Her work is the current subject of a solo exhibition at The Hepworth Wakefield, Wakefield, England (October 19, 2019 – January 19, 2020), and will be presented in a forthcoming solo exhibition at the Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago (April 4 – August 30, 2020). She has been the subject of a number of noteworthy solo exhibitions including But I Woke Jus’ Tha Same, Regen Projects, Los Angeles (2019); Yew Jumped too Deep, Yew Buried the Lead, Richmond Center for the Visual Arts, Western Michigan University, Kalamazoo (2019); and Christina Quarles/ MATRIX 271, Berkeley Art Museum & Pacific Film Archive, Berkeley (2018). Her work has additionally been presented in major group exhibitions including Kiss My Genders, Hayward Gallery, London (2019); Paint, also known as Blood, Museum of Modern Art, Warsaw (2019); The Foundation of the Museum: MOCA's Collection, Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles (2019); Stonewall 50, Contemporary Arts Museum, Houston (2019); Trance, curated by Albert Oehlen, Aïshti Foundation, Beirut (2018); Made in L.A. 2018, Hammer Museum, Los Angeles (2018); Trigger: Gender as a Tool and a Weapon, New Museum, New York (2017); Fictions, Studio Museum in Harlem, New York (2017); Reconstitution, LAXART, Los Angeles (2017); Still Human, Rubell Family Collection, Miami (2017); and Tight Squeeze, Armory Center for the Arts, Pasadena (2016); among others.
Quarles has received a number of awards and grants including the Pérez Prize (2019); Rema Hort Mann Foundation Emerging Artist Grant (2017); and the Robert Schoelkopf Memorial Traveling Fellowship at Yale University (2015); among others.
Work by the artist is included in the permanent collections of national and international museums including Tate Modern, London; Astrup Fearnley Museum of Modern Art, Oslo; Whitney Museum of American Art, New York; Pérez Art Museum, Miami; Walker Art Center, Minneapolis; Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive, Berkeley; Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Los Angeles; The Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles; and Hammer Museum, Los Angeles; among others.