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Hany Armanious at Roslyn Oxley9 Gallery, Sydney

“Elvis and Dracula,” 2018 Hany Armanious cast shredded rubber and polyurethane, cork support 122.5 × 81.5 × 61.5cm
(Courtesy: Roslyn Oxley9 Gallery)

Roslyn Oxley9 Gallery is currently hosting a solo exhibition by Hany Armanious.

The exhibition features a collection of the artist’s latest works. Most of the works including “Water Lilies” (2018), the epic digitally printed ‘painting,’ are both aerial and terrestrial.

“Apprehended at a distance, it reads like a big master, an abstract cloud muncher tearing holes into the void and glowering on the wall with poetic muscle. Composed of the stains that surrounded a studio wall where a completed canvas once hung, the void is the spectacle...Armanious photographed the walls where others had painted. This studio complex, which is well known, was harvested and repurposed as a ‘creative retail precinct.’ Upon development, the hive became a husk. The neurotic pencil notes, smudge and grime are reproduced in this show by digital scanning onto the gallery walls, the large canvas and in one resin cast object. And it is not a homage and it not nostalgia, the studio as remnant is a fact,” says the gallery.

Hany Armanious is a sculptor whose work is predominantly concerned with the magical properties of the casting process. Born in Ismalia, Egypt, he migrated to Australia with his family at the age of 6. He completed his schooling in Australia and holds a Bachelor of Arts (Visual Arts) degree from the City Art Institute, Sydney. Many of his works deal with the alchemical transformation of one object into another via what the artist has described as the ‘cult of casting.’ Armanious represented Australia in The Golden Thread at the 54th International Art Exhibition at the Venice Biennale (2011). His work has been exhibited in the Contemporary Art Museum St. Louis, Missouri; UCLA Hammer Museum, Los Angeles; Institute of Contemporary Art, Sydney; Monash University Museum of Art, Melbourne; Busan Biennale, South Korea; Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney; Australian Centre for Contemporary Art, Melbourne; Govett-Brewster Art Gallery, New Plymouth, NZ; Artspace Sydney; Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney. Armanious is represented in numerous collections of Australia’s major state and national galleries, as well as the Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki, New Zealand; Dakis Joannou Foundation, Athens; Museum of Contemporary Art, San Diego; and Hammer Museum, Los Angeles. Hany Armanious has been represented by Roslyn Oxley9 Gallery, Sydney, since 2003.

The exhibition will be  on view through July 7, 2018, at Roslyn Oxley9 Gallery, 8 Soudan Lane, Paddington NSW 2021, Sydney, Australia.

For details visit: www.roslynoxley9.com

Click on the slideshow for a sneak peek at the exhibition.

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