Christina Quarles

  • We Gunna Live with Water…
    2017
    Acrylic on canvas
    50 x 40 inches

  • Butt Hidden in Lacy Groves (Hell Must Be a Pretty Place)
    2017
    Acrylic on canvas
    50 x 40 inches

  • Placed
    2017
    Acrylic on canvas
    50 x 40 inches

  • Boy Yer Gunna Carry That Weight
    2016
    Acrylic on canvas
    50 x 40 inches

  • Lean Too
    2016
    Acrylic on canvas
    50 x 40 inches

  • Untitled
    2016
    Acrylic on canvas
    75 x 53 inches

  • Faced
    2016
    Acrylic on canvas
    72 x 72 inches

  • They Rested on Their Backs As They Rested on Their Backs
    2016
    Acrylic on canvas
    32 x 48 inches

  • I Can Only Feel Whut Touches Me
    2016
    Acrylic on canvas
    77 x 96 inches

  • Sunkin
    2016
    Acrylic on canvas
    60 x 50 inches

  • Navel Grazin’
    2016
    Acrylic on canvas
    40 x 30 inches

  • Swipe Just Right
    2016
    Acrylic on canvas
    48 x 32 inches

  • But Hidden in Lacy Groves
    2016
    Acrylic on canvas
    96 x 165 inches

  • But Hidden in Lacy Groves (detail)
    2016
    Acrylic on canvas
    96 x 165 inches

  • But Hidden in Lacy Groves (detail)
    2016
    Acrylic on canvas
    96 x 165 inches

  • Just Once
    2015
    Acrylic on canvas
    84 x 55 inches

  • Fall Came ‘Fore Winter (239 Dwight)
    2015
    Acrylic on canvas
    86 x 50 inches

  • Weep Because Yull Never Be Home and Theyll Never Be Sorry
    2015
    Acrylic on canvas
    77 x 96 inches

  • Wed Weaken All Weeken’ and Tha Rest Would Rest
    2015
    Acrylic on canvas
    50 x 56 inches

  • Yew Makin’ It So Dam Easy on Dem, So Dam Easy on Dem Eyes
    2015
    Acrylic on canvas
    86 x 55 inches

  • Tender
    2015
    Acrylic on canvas
    86 x 55 inches

  • And When the Clouds Clear, We Can Know the Color of the Sky
    2015
    Acrylic on canvas
    60 x 150 inches

Christina Quarles destabilizes the notion of a fixed subjectivity by challenging the viewer to contend with an excess of representation. It is through this excess—this excess of boundary, of surface, of identity, of gender, of relationship—that legibility breaks down and is transformed into ambiguity. Unlike vagueness, which results from a lack of information, ambiguity results from an excess of information. It is therefore from the limits of representation that ambiguity can emerge and where the potentiality lies to make porous and mutable that which has heretofore appeared absolute, resolute and neutral.

 

Christina Quarles was born in Chicago, IL and lives and works in Los Angeles, CA. She received degrees from Yale University, New Haven, CT (2016, MFA) and Hampshire College, Amherst, MA (2007, BA). Recent exhibitions include Santa Monica Museum of Art, Santa Monica, CA; The Armory Center for the Arts, Pasadena, CA; Abrons Center for the Arts, New York, NY; Yale School of Art Green Gallery, New Haven, CT, among others. Quarles’ residencies include Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture, Skowhegan, ME (2016). She has received multiple awards such as the Robert Schoelkopf Travel Fellowship, Yale University, and a J. Paul Getty Foundation Grant.

Born in Chicago, IL in 1985; lives and works in Los Angeles, CA

 

EDUCATION

 

2016
Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture, Skowhegan, ME

 

2016
MFA in Painting and Printmaking, Yale University, New Haven, CT

 

2007
BA in Studio Arts and Philosophy, Hampshire College, Amherst, MA

 

SOLO EXHIBITIONS

 

2017
It’s Gunna Be All Right, Cause Baby, There Ain’t Nuthin’ Left, Skibum MacArthur, Los Angeles, CA

 

2007
Dissonant Bodies, Hampshire College Gallery, Amherst, MA

 

2004
In/Ex, Pasadena Art Gallery, Pasadena, CA

 

SELECTED GROUP EXHIBITIONS

 

2017
Trigger: Gender as a Tool and a Weapon, The New Museum, New York, NY
Reconstitution, LAX Art, Los Angeles, CA
Appetitive Torque, Eastside International, Los Angeles, CA
Critical Content, Pacific Design Center, Los Angeles, CA
No burden as heavy, David Castillo Gallery, Miami Beach, FL

 

2016
Queering Space, Yale School of Art Green Gallery, New Haven, CT
Meatballs, Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture, Curated by Carl Ostendarp and Louis Cameron, Madison, ME
Partners, Abrons Center for the Arts, New York, NY
Double Dip: MFA Painting Thesis, Yale School of Art Green Gallery, New Haven, CT
Tight Squeeze, Armory Center for the Arts, Pasadena, CA
I’d Rather Be Here Than Almighty, 315 Gallery, Brooklyn, NY

 

2015
Second Coming, Yale School of Art Green Gallery, New Haven, CT
Incognito, Santa Monica Museum of Art, Santa Monica, CA

 

2014
First Things, Yale School of Art Green Gallery, New Haven, CT
InsituWorks Pop Up, 215 Bowery, New York, NY
Incognito, Santa Monica Museum of Art, Santa Monica, CA

 

2013
3!, Actual Size, Los Angeles, CA
Incognito, Santa Monica Museum of Art, Santa Monica, CA

 

2012
Heaven: Art of Elysium, Hosted by Christie’s, Los Angeles, CA

 

2011
E’clepsydre, HBC, Berlin, Germany

 

2010
After Christmas, Public Space One, Iowa City, IA

 

2005
Five College Drawing, Smith College Gallery, Northampton, MA
Risking Delight in Spite of Everything, Blanchard Gallery, South Hadley, MA

 

BIBLIOGRAPHY

 

Battaglia, Andy. “New Museum To Open Themed Show ‘Trigger: Gender as a Tool and a Weapon’ This Fall”, ArtNews, May 30, 2017.
Butler, Sharon. “Examining queer @ Yale University”, Two Coats of Paint, October 21, 2016.
“Hybridity.” Palimpsest: Yale Literary and Arts Magazine. Spring 2016
McCoole, Veena. “Thesis Show Highlights Painting and Prinktmaking,” Yale Daily News. February 10, 2016
“Double Consciousness.” Winter Tangerine Review: Hands Up Don’t Shoot. February 2015
“Talking Art with Christina Quarles,” www.thsart.com. March 26, 2013
Art of Elysium Presents: Heaven. Paper Chase Press, 2012
Kennedy, Austin, ed. Somethings With So Many Things. NY: Kennedy Weiss, 2007

 

AWARDS, FELLOWSHIPS, & GRANTS

 

2017
Emerging Artist Grant, Rema Hort Mann Foundation, Los Angeles, CA

 

2015
Robert Schoelkopf Travel Fellowship, Yale University, New Haven, CT

 

2009
B U I L D Studio Residency, Deep River, CT

 

2008
Hearth Farm Fellowship, New York, NY

 

2006
J. Paul Getty Foundation Grant
Simmons Scholarship
Arturo Schomburg Scholarship
Hampshire College Grant

 

2005
J. Paul Getty Foundation Grant
Arturo Schomburg Scholarship
Field Study Grant, Hampshire College
Hampshire College Grant

 

2004
Arturo Schomburg Scholarship
Hampshire College Grant

 

2002
Kathy Beth Kantor Memorial Scholarship