Marian Tubbs (1983, Australia)
Marian Tubbs’ assemblage-based installations and digital works critique cultural ascriptions of value and act to slow down accelerated modes of looking. Her work unveils poetic and political power inside an emotional reservoir of discarded images, poor materials, and ‘small’ talk. Natural and ‘fake’ imagery is delicately captured in numerous randomized fluid and static visions. Discarding the use of hierarchy to preference various elements, she creates a poetic and painterly spectrum of photographic collision: plastic pearls, fake petals, abstract metals, finger-paintings, stickers, free apps and deformed text. Precarious, fragile, and incommensurable elements are brought forth, shared and valued, fertilized into bloom by the intimate valor of recognition. Her work identifies an important place where sympathy is strength, where the feminine and found are assembled to defiantly assert: ‘the poor material is my agent because it is set to fail at being ‘fine’’.
Exhibitions include "In Practice", Sculpture Center, NY, 2017; "Zona Maco Sur", ltd los angeles, Mexico City, 2017; “Contemporary Monsters", Minerva, 2016, Sydney; "Abstract Sex", Bard CCS, New York, 2016; "Pleasure and Reality", National Gallery of Victoria, 2015- 2016; “Contemporary Print Culture”, National Gallery of Australia, 2015; “riven”, Station, Melbourne, 2015; "Relational Changes", Christine König Galerie, Vienna, 2015; “NADA”, New York, Minerva 2015; “Hairy Plotter and the Polygrapher's Tones", Toves, Copenhagen, 2015; "Primavera 2014: Young Australian Artists", MCA, Sydney, 2014; "Quake 2", Arcadia Missa, London, 2014; and "Glean", Minerva, Sydney, 2014. She has recently curated shows including "Care" (with Dana Kopel) at Interstate Projects, NY and "Witness" at Minerva, Sydney. In 2015, Tubbs was the inaugural recipient of the MCA's Online Commission. Tubbs’ work is held at the National Gallery of Australia, National Gallery of Victoria, Museum of Contemporary Art and in local and international collections. She has published and presented art and philosophy research at international and local conferences. In 2014, she contributed as an author to the philosophy volume "Intensities & Lines of Flight", published by Rowman & Littlefield International. In 2015 Tubbs’ completed a PhD at UNSW Art & Design, and is a sessional academic at UNSW Art & Design, and the National Art School, Sydney. Tubbs' work is included in the 'Zeitgeist' chapter of the forthcoming Thames and Hudson publication 'The A to Z of Australian Contemporary Art'.