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