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b. 1946, USA

Tina Girouard Biography

Tina Girouard was a multidisciplinary artist from Louisiana who played a pivotal role in New York's experimental art scene in the 1970s. Her diverse legacy of performance and fabric-based works dissolved the boundaries of artmaking.

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After completing a BFA at Louisiana's University at Lafayette in 1968, Girouard moved to New York. Tina Girouard brought to the city's art scene a spirit of collaboration and resourcefulness inspired from jazz and blues musicians she had encountered in Louisiana.

It was in that collaborative spirit that she co-founded Food with Gordon Matta-Clark and Carol Goodden in 1971, an artist-run restaurant in SoHo. Becoming a hub for the exchange of ideas as well as a place of employment for SoHo artists, Food attracted artists like Donald Judd and Robert Rauschenberg.

Out of Food came the Anarchitecture Group, whose key members included Girouard, Matta-Clark, and Goodden, as well as Laurie Anderson, Bernard Kirschenbaum, Suzanne Harris, and Richard Landry. Concerned principally with social space, rather than architecture, the movement worked within marginal and disused sites that strung together the built environment of the city.

Girouard's early performances sought to activate such spaces. Swept House (1969), for example, was an intervention in which Girouard swept out the architectural outlines of a house on the ground beneath the Brooklyn Bridge, appropriating dust from the site to denote different rooms.

Girouard was a member of 112 Greene Street (a block away from Food), a former rag salvaging factory owned by Rachel Wood and Jeffrey Lew, that opened in 1970 as an alternative art space.

Among the works she created here was Air Space Stage (1972), consisting of four sheets of patterned fabric suspended from the ceiling, which cast a shade that changed the lighting of the room depending on the time of day. The use of patterned, ordinary materials seen in this work, and the notion of communication by repetition became defining features of Tina Girouard's art.

Whether in similar later works, such as Wall's Wallpaper III (1974), or performance works like the ritualistic four-person performance Pinwheel (1977), Tina Girouard incorporated patterned fabrics, linoleum and wall-paper. Arranging them in repetitive patterns and grids, she left the surface textures untouched, denoting their identity.

Her use of textiles situated Girourard within the Pattern and Decoration movement founded by Valerie Jaudon and Joyce Kozloff, among others. Its proponents favoured loaded, decorative surfaces in reaction against the restraints of minimalism.

Girouard's work also connects to a broader group of artists using kitschy and gaudy designs to undermine ingrained perceptions in art of what is feminine, domestic, or ornamental.

Upon returning to Louisiana after a fire devastated her studio in 1978, Tina Girouard's practice expanded in scope. In the 1980s, she helped found Louisiana's grassroots Artists' Alliance collective.

As director and president of the Festival International de Louisiane, she later became acquainted with Haitian art practices. This led her to hold a studio in Port-au-Prince from 1990 to 1995, where she collaborated with Haitian artists, among them Antoine Oleyant, to produce beaded Vodou flags.

A seasoned experimenter, Girouard continued to expand her practice until her passing in 2020.

Michael Irwin | Ocula | 2020

Tina Girouard Featured Artworks

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Desir by Tina Girouard contemporary artwork sculpture
Tina GirouardDesir, 1998Hand sewn glass beads, sequins, acrylic and other media on fabric
111.8 x 174 cm
Anat Ebgi Contact Gallery
Sky Above, Earth Below by Tina Girouard contemporary artwork sculpture, installation, textile
Tina GirouardSky Above, Earth Below, 1974Solomon's Lot fabrics, Linoleum
144 x 144 inches
Anat Ebgi Contact Gallery
Voyeur by Tina Girouard contemporary artwork painting, mixed media, textile
Tina GirouardVoyeur, 1992Hand sewn glass beads, sequins, acrylic and other media on canvas
62.2 x 81.3 cm
Anat Ebgi Contact Gallery
Orion and Koko by Tina Girouard contemporary artwork sculpture, textile
Tina GirouardOrion and Koko, c. 1990sSequins and beads on fabric
20 1/2 x 20 1/2 inches
Anat Ebgi Contact Gallery
Goat for Gede by Tina Girouard contemporary artwork sculpture, textile
Tina GirouardGoat for Gede, 1992Hand sewn glass beads, sequins, acrylic and other media on canvas
23 x 25 inches
Anat Ebgi Contact Gallery
Untitled (Spotted Blue Frog) by Tina Girouard contemporary artwork works on paper, textile
Tina GirouardUntitled (Spotted Blue Frog), 1973Fabric collage mounted on paper, framed
20 x 22 1/2 inches
Anat Ebgi Contact Gallery
Test Pattern Sequence II by Tina Girouard contemporary artwork works on paper, drawing
Tina GirouardTest Pattern Sequence II, 1974Oil stick on graph, framed
14 x 14 1/4 inches
Anat Ebgi Contact Gallery
Walls Wallpaper by Tina Girouard contemporary artwork works on paper, sculpture
Tina GirouardWalls Wallpaper, 1971Wallpaper and fabric, framed
38.5 x 36.5 inches
Anat Ebgi Contact Gallery

Tina Girouard Recent Exhibitions

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