THINGHOODMAY 7 – JUNE 19, 2021
Part II [HELLO]
ada and audre
the beginning and the beginnings’ parallel [twin]
We are unnamed and the loveliest
Diving through windows. More potential than a door
Diving, reckless joy
Okadas fly downhill (helmets are nasty, hover them over your head)
What does a runner know of the water?
Swimming pools, oceans contained (architecture)
A Water Woman gave birth to me
under a Water sun.
As above, so below, 2020Ink, graphite, photo transfers, acrylic on paperTop:
54 x 90 in
137.2 x 228.6 cmBottom:
40 x 90 in
101.6 x 228.6 cm
astral planes [only kin keeps us warm], 2020Ink, graphite, colored pencils, photo transfers on four sheets of paper70 x 60 in
177.8 x 152.4 cm
the divers II [ada, a pool, a bike, windows and birds] , 2021Photo transfer, ink, pva coated papers49 1/4 x 64 1/2 in
125.1 x 163.8 cm
Mariane Ibrahim is pleased to announce the first solo exhibition with ruby onyinyechi amanze, THINGHOOD. The show will be on view from May 7 – June 19, 2021 and will present seven new drawings. To make these works, over twenty-five different drawings were created, then cut and systematically reassembled into their finished form.
amanze is currently working with a newly reduced capsule of seven recurring elements that include: swimming pools, ada and audre - who masquerade as swimmers/divers, dancers and pseudo lovers - windows and other architectural references, okada [motorcycle taxis], pigeons in flight and the paper itself. amanze speaks lovingly of each of the elements as individual forms. Now having isolated them from their former cohort, they take on new meaning as the ones that stayed. Human-like beings and inanimate objects ultimately share the same function; flat forms that interact and move [play] in endless configurations to create a multi-dimensional and therefore, illogical space.
amanze’s drawings are an illusion; a suggestion of an expansive unnamed world situated between nowhere and everywhere. Primarily using graphite, fluorescent inks and photo transfers, each layer of space within the drawing has, with calculation and spontaneity, been negotiated, constructed and ultimately invented.
ABOUT RUBY ONYINYECHI AMANZE
ruby onyinyechi amanze’s (b. 1982, Port-Harcourt, Nigeria; based in Philadelphia) works on paper explore the vast and magical potential of space and the balance between magnitude and weightlessness. Incorporating a working vocabulary of just seven elements, amanze plays with the possibilities of spatial relationships, both within the page and beyond its borders utilizing custom mounts.
amanze was the recipient of a Fulbright Scholars Award in Drawing to the University of Nigeria, Nsukka, an Open Sessions participant at the Drawing Center and an artist-in-residence at the Queens Museum. She has exhibited her work globally including at the California African American Museum, the Drawing Center, and the Studio Museum in Harlem. In 2019, amanze was named the Deutsche Bank Featured Artist at Frieze New York. Her work is collected by the Deutsche Museum, Jewish Museum, Studio Museum in Harlem and most recently, the CCS Bard College Hessel Museum of Art.