Christina Quarles I Won’t Fear Tumbling or Falling/If We’ll be Joined in Another World
Pilar Corrias is pleased to present I Won’t Fear Tumbling or Falling/If We’ll be Joined in Another World, an exhibition of new works by Christina Quarles opening in the gallery on the 8th of October 2020.
The presentation comprises nine paintings made between March and September 2020, a period during the pandemic that Quarles spent in the confines of her Altadena, California, home and studio. Facing both disconnection and disorientation as she grappled with the slow pace of her life during quarantine, Quarles observed the subtle shifts of seasons in Los Angeles, in contrast to the relentless chaos of the world, witnessed via the portal of her computer and phone. The legibility of gender and race—what it means to live in a racialized, gendered, queer body and how perceptions of us influence our interactions with others and our environments—has always been a focus of Quarles’s work. Through this exhibition, she continues to explore the complex vocabulary of the physical body and the experience of inhabiting one in the space of the world and in proximity to other bodies, particularly in the current moment, with its dizzying combination of personal immobility, the struggle for racial justice, and global agitation.