ruby onyinyechi amanze: Duets

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26 Cork Street, W1S 3ND, London, UK
Open: Tue-Fri 10am-6pm, Sat 11am-4pm


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ruby onyinyechi amanze: Duets

to Wed 7 Sep 2022

26 Cork Street, W1S 3ND ruby onyinyechi amanze: Duets

Tue-Fri 10am-6pm, Sat 11am-4pm


Goodman Gallery presents DUETS, an exhibition of new large-scale works on paper by ruby onyinyechi amanze, marking the artist’s fourth exhibition with the gallery.

Artworks

to dive upwards or SWIMMING POOL + ADA, 2022

Graphite, ink, photo transfers, pencil crayons, acrylics on paper
180.3 x 146 cm

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you are home or AUDRE + ADA + ADA + AUDRE, 2022

Graphite, ink, photo transfers, pencil crayons, acrylics on paper
146 x 180.3 cm

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Untitled or ARCHITECTURE + AUDRE, 2022

Graphite, ink, photo transfers, pencil crayons, acrylics on paper
146 x 180.3 cm

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tiny monumental shifts [that thing where everything affects everything else] or BIKE(S) + BIRDS, 2022

Graphite, ink, photo transfers, pencil crayons, acrylics on paper
146 x 180.3 cm

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one day in the living room, a spirit came upon her and filled her body with a dance she'd never known [channel] or ADA + ARCHITECTURE, 2022

Graphite, ink, photo transfers, acrylics on paper
146 x 180.3 cm

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DUETS expands on the artist’s decade-long commitment to the discipline of drawing. Using a palette of seven recurring visual elements, amanze creates an expansive world that pushes against the idea of narrative. With no hierarchy, the seven include: architecture, birds, ada, bike, swimming pool and audre, with the final element being the paper itself. For this series, positioned as a choreographer of sorts, amanze experiments with placing these elements into pairings.

amanze’s practice pulls inspiration from the spatial negotiations found in design and the three-dimensional practices of dance and architecture. As part of an ongoing exploration, the malleability of space remains the primary antagonist.

A nameless, chimeric universe is simultaneously positioned between nowhere and everywhere. Each “duet” of two elements is suspended in an infinite space with no gravitational axis as part of the artist’s attempt to push the boundaries of depth and scale. Incorporating materials from graphite, to ink, to photo transfers, amanze slices and cuts imagery to create spaces and shapes where the elements meet.

Why pairings? “In my studio practice, I frequently and arbitrarily create restrictions for myself to work with. It is a numbers game, a puzzle of sorts, making drawings through a process of parts to a whole or a whole into parts” – amanze. In earlier work, the sudo-human figures of ada and audre featured as main characters. This series explores what it means to place the two selected elements on a level playing field and to reject a hierarchy between them.

For this presentation, amanze considers the physical boundaries of the gallery as part of ongoing research into how to interrupt and play with space. This extends to engaging with the corners of the room and the floor.

ruby onyinyechi amanze (b. 1982, Port-Harcourt, Nigeria) is a US-based artist of Nigerian descent and British upbringing. Her mixed media practice focuses on paper-based drawings inspired by photography, textiles, architecture and printmaking.

amanze completed a residency at the Queens Museum and the Drawing Center’s Open Sessions Program, both in New York. She has exhibited in Lagos, London, Johannesburg and Paris, and, within the US, at the California African American Museum, the Drawing Center and the Studio Museum of Harlem.

amanze earned her B.F.A., Summa Cum Laude from Tyler School of Art, Temple University, and her M.F.A. from Cranbrook Academy of Art. In 2012-2013, amanze was a Fulbright Scholar at the University of Nigeria, Nsukka. Today she resides in Philadelphia, but calls multiple places home.

Courtesy of the artist and Goodman Gallery


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