Hany Armanious was the sole representative of Australia at the 54th Venice Biennale in 2011, curated by Anne Ellegood (Senior Curator of the UCLA Hammer Museum, Los Angeles). In March 2012 the Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney unveiled Armanious’s most ambitious sculpture to date, Fountain, the first sculpture commissioned for the MCA’s new outdoor sculpture terrace which crowns the major redevelopment of the museum.
One of the key characteristics of Armanious’s work is its playful logic of analogy. This includes analogies based upon likeness or resemblance of material, form, function, process as well as linguistic analogy — puns, homonyms, rhymes, and other forms of word play. Armanious navigates beyond the expectation of reason in order to arrive at things not normally seen. His work is material based. His idiosyncratic processes – often involving casting and recasting — reveal something unexpected and wondrous about his chosen materials and forms.
Hany Armanious has been an influential figure in Australian art for two decades and has a significant international exhibition history. Aside from ‘The Golden Thread’ Australian Pavilion at the 2011 Venice Biennale, curated by Anne Ellegood, Armanious’s most recent solo museum exhibitions include ‘The Golden Thread’, Monash Museum of Art, Melbourne (2012), ‘The Oracle’ curated by Anthony Huberman at the Contemporary Art Museum St Louis, USA (2008) and ‘Morphic Resonance’ at the Institute of Modern Art, Brisbane and City Gallery Wellington (2006 & 2007). In 2001 the UCLA Hammer Museum in Los Angeles held a solo exhibition titled ‘Selflok’ and in 1998, Armanious won the prestigious Moet & Chandon Fellowship. Armanious has exhibited at several biennales, including the 2010 Adelaide Biennale, the 2006 Busan Biennale, the 1995 Johannesburg Biennale, the 1992 Biennale of Sydney and in 1993 he was selected for the Aperto section of the Venice Biennale. Armanious’ work is held in major public and private collections worldwide, including most major museums within Australia and New Zealand, as well as the Museum of Contemporary Art, San Diego, USA, the UCLA Hammer Museum, Los Angeles and the Dakis Joannou Foundation, Athens.
Hany Armanious has been represented by Roslyn Oxley9 Gallery since 2003.
This exhibition is sponsored by Tanqueray.