ruby onyinyechi amanze / Salt Water / 2015

ruby onyinyechi amanze / Salt Water / 2015
19 November - 19 December 2015
Installation View

ruby onyinyechi amanze

Ada and Audre, 2015 Graphite, ink, photo transfers and metallic enamel Work: 127 x 96.5 cm

ruby onyinyechi amanze

Dangerous [Alien] Women, 2015 Graphite, ink, photo transfers and metallic enamel 96.52 x 127cm

ruby onyinyechi amanze

Audre, ever cool. Ada holds Midnight , 2015 Graphite, ink, photo transfers, colored pencils and metallic enamel 127 x 96.52cm

ruby onyinyechi amanze

with the galaxy beneath her, she remembered the magic of soaring amidst coconut clouds, 2014 Pencil, ink, photo transfers 203 x 266 cm

ruby onyinyechi amanze

The Sun's Sister, 2015 Graphite, ink and photo transfers Work: 96.5 x 127 cm

ruby onyinyechi amanze

Their heart, 2015 Graphite, ink, photo transfers and metallic enamel 127 x 96.52 cm

ruby onyinyechi amanze

When farewells become fantasies or sweet mundanes, 2015 Graphite, ink, colored pencils and collage paper 96.52 x 127cm

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Baptized (the others are with you always), 2015 Graphite, ink, photo transfers and enamel Work: 130 x 97 cm Frame: 149 x 118 x 5 cm

ruby onyinyechi amanze

Growable walls and keke doors (galaxies hover over roadside nurseries), 2015 Graphite, ink, photo transfers and colored pencils Work: 96.5 x 127 cm

ruby onyinyechi amanze

Kin folk (Part A), 2015 Graphite, ink, photo transfers, colored pencils and metallic enamel Work: 127 x 96.5 cm

ruby onyinyechi amanze

Bridged [the ocean only loves, never divides], 2015 Graphite, ink, photo transfers and colored pencils Work: 127 x 96.5 cm

ruby onyinyechi amanze

Trampoline Ceilings NFS, 2015 Graphite, ink and enamel Work: 96.5 x 127 cm

ruby onyinyechi amanze

The weight of nothing [even plants fly] NFS, 2015 Graphite, ink, photo transfers and colored pencils 96.52 x 127cm

ruby onyinyechi amanze

While a ghost balanced galaxies, She remained unmoved, 2015 Graphite, ink, photo transfers and metallic enamel 127 x 96.52cm

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Goodman Gallery Johannesburg
19 November – 19 December 2015

An odd combination of two essential elements, SALT WATER symbolizes the diffuse and mysterious realm inhabited by ruby onyinyechi amanze’s cohort of hybrid forms. In her first solo show at the Goodman Gallery, amanze’s large-scale drawings foreground her concern with metamorphosis and imagination as a lense through which multiple and often, disparate layers of meaning, histories, and forms can be simultaneously read.

The world within the drawings, alludes to a non- specific, boundaryless place and time. Instead, there is a sense of exemption, as detached characters float in a vast timeless expanse. Existing somewhere between constructed reality, fantasy, memory and imagination, these distinct beings find authenticity, wholeness and freedom in their ability to equally belong nowhere and everywhere.

With a background in textiles, photography and printmaking, amanze’s current practice is deeply centered in her first love, drawing. There is an ephemeral quality to her drawing and she delights in the materiality of her medium (mainly, paper, graphite ink and photo transfers). Seen in the gallery, her organic forms, hybrid anatomies, and graphic patterns coalesce in capricious narratives that no digital reproduction can match.

For amanze the work is “as much about beauty and make-believe, as it is a commentary on cultural hybridity” and it “isn’t social science, it’s magic-realism and the power of drawing to invent worlds for ourselves.” SALT WATER offers a metaphor through which to understand the oddity, absurdity, subtlety and power of elements that naturally co-exist in the world.

amanze is a Nigerian-born artist, who spent her formative years in Britain before relocating to the United States. She currently lives and works in Brooklyn, New York City. amanze graduated with a Masters of Fine Art from the Cranbrook Academy of Art (Michigan) in 2006 and in 2012/2013, was a Fulbright Scholar Recipient in Art at the University of Nigeria. amanze has been included in numerous exhibitions in Nigeria, US, the UK, and the Netherlands.

ruby onyinyechi amanze

ruby onyinyechi amanze (b. 1982, Port-Harcourt, Nigeria) is a visual artist who draws on paper.
amanze’s practice builds around questions of how to create large-scaled drawings that maintain paper’s essence of weightlessness while simultaneously holding a multi-dimensional form or structure.

Using a limited palette of visual elements, including ada the Alien, windows and birds, amanze’s drawings are an illusion of an expansive world situated between nowhere and everywhere. Despite incorporating a recurring host of characters, amanze maintains a non-linear and non-narrative approach to representational drawing, insisting the primary antagonist is the space of the paper itself. The construction of this world is largely centered around an interest in the spatial negotiations found in the three dimensional practices of dance, architecture and design.

Most recently, amanze completed two-year long residencies at the Queens Museum and as part of the Drawing Center’s Open Sessions Program, both in New York. She has exhibited her work internationally in Lagos, London, Johannesburg and Paris, and nationally 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 between Philadelphia and Brooklyn, but calls multiple places home.