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Arlene TextaQueen: Naked Landscapes of Gippsland and Beyond


13 October - 11 November

Presented by Monash University Museum of Art, Switchback Gallery, Gippsland Centre for Art & Design, Monash University

Curator: Geraldine Barlow

Arlene TextaQueen sees the world vividly. In her work, the world we know and the world of the artist’s friends and community is condensed, distilled and made more. More colour, more detail, more life, more flesh, more character.

TextaQueen is known for portraits of friends located in their own intimate environment, such as their bedroom, kitchen or lounge. In this exhibition Naked landscapes of Gippsland and beyond, she situates them in locations around Victoria and Alice Springs. Two of the works in the exhibition were created whilst on a MUMA residency at the Gippsland Centre for Art & Design, including The artist, Gippsland 2010, a selfportrait of TextaQueen naked in the landscape, being drawn by and drawing her friend Matthew. TextaQueen shares and distills something very human in her work, giving us much of herself as well as paying tribute to her world, her community and friends.

Arlene TextaQueen was born in Perth in 1975. She studied interactive media at Metro Screen, Sydney, graduating in 1998. In 1995 she received her Bachelor of Fine Arts, from the University of Western Australia, Perth. TextaQueen’s recent solo exhibitions include: Social Engagement, Sullivan + Strumpf Fine Art, Sydney, 2010; Naked Landscapes of Victoria, Gallerysmith, Melbourne and Comfortable, Sullivan & Strumpf Fine Art, Sydney, both 2009; Naked Landscapes from the Red Centre, Nellie Castan Gallery, Melbourne, and Felt-tips Forever: Some Things Never Change, Mori Gallery, Sydney, both 2007; Felt-tips Forever, The Arm, Brooklyn, USA and Casa Del Popolo, Montreal, Canada, 2006; Un-dressedup, Perth Institute of Contemporary Art, Perth, 2004; Textanudes: Friends 4 Life, Gertrude Contemporary Art Spaces, Melbourne, 2003; Textanudes 54, 2002 Sydney Gay & Lesbian Mardi Gras, Mori Gallery, Sydney, 2002; Textanudes !!!: females drawn naked in their own habitats, Squatspace, Sydney, 2001; Wear you there? Greenwich, His Majesty’s Theatre, Artrage Festival, Perth, 1998. Major group exhibitions include: Contemporary Australia: Optimism,Gallery of Modern Art, Brisbane, 2008; 2004: Australian Culture Now, Australian Centre for the Moving Image and National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne, 2004 and Primavera, Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney, 2002. TextaQueen’s work is in the collections of the Art Gallery of Western Australia, John & Lucy Curruthers, Pat Corrigan and the Mornington Peninsular Regional Gallery.

Public Programs:

  • Artist’s talk - Tuesday 12 October 2010

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