Marian Tubbs: we need privacy guys here too - University of the Sunshine Coast, Queensland, Australia

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Marian Tubbs: we need privacy guys here too


20 November 2020 to 16 January 2021

Marian Tubbs works with poor and found materials to question ideas of value and raise economic, social and ecological issues.

The artist’s assemblage-focused practice brings together images, objects and text in unexpected combinations to create new knowledge and ways of thinking.

For we need privacy guys here too, Tubbs presents new and existing works in a range of media, constructed from the physical and digital detritus of contemporary life. The exhibition’s title is a conversation fragment and reflects Tubbs’ interest in language, gender and the internet.

The artist has a strong personal connection with the Sunshine Coast and the exhibition includes a new site-specific installation that incorporates locally scavenged/sourced materials.


Hamish Sawyer

Marian Tubbs
i am series of chemical changes 2017
pigment print on silk
edition 1/2 + 1AP, 100.0 x 75.0cm
Courtesy the artist and STATION, Australia



Marian Tubbs' new monograph titled we need privacy guys here too is now available to purchase from the Gallery for $45.

Published by Art Ink, it showcases a selection of Tubbs' recent works that represent a culmination of the artist's academic research and stylistic explorations. It includes contributions from Holly Childs, Hamish Sawyer, Dr Nancy Lee, Dana Kopek and Marian Tubbs.


Marian Tubbs is an artist living and working on Bunjalung and Gubbi Gubbi/Kabi Kabi land. Her broad research interests include vision technologies, poor materialities and language or text in art.

She has exhibited and screened her work in Australia and abroad including: Looking But Not Seeing Benalla Regional Gallery (2018), Thank you for coming Nice, France (2018), Currency Lilac City Studios (2018), Infrastructural Inequalities Artspace (2018), Hypersea Monaco (2018), Another Dimension McClelland Gallery (2018), Apocalypse Summer ltd los angeles, LA (2017), In Practice Sculpture Center, New York (2017); quiet revolutions and les enfants terribles Station, Melbourne (2017), Zona Maco ltd los angeles, Mexico City (2017), Contemporary Monsters Minerva, Sydney (2016), Abstract Sex* Bard CCS, New York (2016), Pleasure and Reality National Gallery of Victoria (2015-16), 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 (2015), Quake 2 Arcadia Missa, London, (2015), and Glean Minerva, Sydney (2014).

In 2017 Tubbs was the recipient of the Marten Bequest Scholarship for sculpture and in 2015 MCA's Online Commission. Tubbs' work is held in the collection of the National Gallery of Australia, National Gallery of Victoria, Museum of Contemporary Art and international institutional collections. Tubbs holds a PhD from UNSW Art & Design and is a senior lecturer in Art and Design at Southern Cross University. Previously she was a lecturer in Photomedia at the National Art School where she also sits on the academic board.