ruby onyinyechi amanze / Salt Water / 2015

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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.

  • Bridged [the ocean only loves, never divides]

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    Bridged [the ocean only loves, never divides], 2015

    Graphite, ink, photo transfers and colored pencils

    127 x 96.52cm

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  • The way you think is like a wing

    ruby onyinyechi amanze

    The way you think is like a wing, 2015

    Graphite, ink, photo transfers and metallic enamel

    127 x 96.52cm

  • Trampoline Ceilings

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    Trampoline Ceilings, 2015

    Graphite, ink and enamel

    96.52 x 127cm

  • The weight of nothing [even plants fly]

    ruby onyinyechi amanze

    The weight of nothing [even plants fly], 2015

    Graphite, ink, photo transfers and colored pencils

    96.52 x 127cm

  • While a ghost balanced galaxies, She remained unmoved

    ruby onyinyechi amanze

    While a ghost balanced galaxies, She remained unmoved, 2015

    Graphite, ink, photo transfers and metallic enamel

    127 x 96.52cm...

  • Their heart

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    Their heart, 2015

    Graphite, ink, photo transfers and metallic enamel

    127 x 96.52cm

  • Fluidly Grounded

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    Fluidly Grounded, 2015

    Graphite, ink and photo transfers

    96.52 x 127cm

  • Audre, ever cool. Ada holds Midnight

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    Audre, ever cool. Ada holds Midnight , 2015

    Graphite, ink, photo transfers, colored pencils and metallic enamel

    127 x 96.52c...

  • Ada and Audre

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    Ada and Audre, 2015

    Graphite, ink, photo transfers and metallic enamel

    127 x 96.52cm

  • Dangerous [Alien] Women

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    Dangerous [Alien] Women, 2015

    Graphite, ink, photo transfers and metallic enamel

    96.52 x 127cm

  • When farewells become fantasies or sweet mundanes

    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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  • Growable walls and keke doors (galaxies hover over roadside nurseries)

    ruby onyinyechi amanze

    Growable walls and keke doors (galaxies hover over roadside nurseries), 2015

    Graphite, ink, photo transfers and colored pencils

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  • The Sun's Sister

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    The Sun's Sister, 2015

    Graphite, ink and photo transfers

    96.52 x 127cm

  • Baptized (the others are with you always)

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    Baptized (the others are with you always), 2015

    Graphite, ink, photo transfers and enamel

    127 x 96.52cm

  • Chasing relentlessly after fading things - The Birth of BLACK, audre marries its indigenous self - Shadows validate existence (ada and Twin find ground)

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    Chasing relentlessly after fading things - The Birth of BLACK, audre marries its indigenous self - Shadows validate existence (ada and Twin fin...

  • with the galaxy beneath her, she remembered the magic of soaring amidst coconut clouds

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    with the galaxy beneath her, she remembered the magic of soaring amidst coconut clouds, 2014

    Pencil, ink, photo transfers

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  • Installation picture [ruby onyinyechi amanze / Salt Water / 2015]
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  • Installation picture [ruby onyinyechi amanze / Salt Water / 2015]
  • Installation picture [ruby onyinyechi amanze / Salt Water / 2015]
  • Installation picture [ruby onyinyechi amanze / Salt Water / 2015]
  • Installation picture [ruby onyinyechi amanze / Salt Water / 2015]
  • Installation picture [ruby onyinyechi amanze / Salt Water / 2015]
  • Installation picture [ruby onyinyechi amanze / Salt Water / 2015]