Hany Armanious

Nov 4, 2008 - Nov 23, 2008

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Hany Armanious, The Front Room, Contemporary Art Museum St. Louis, 2008.

Hany Armanious, The Front Room, Contemporary Art Museum St. Louis, 2008.

 

Hany Armanious, The Front Room, Contemporary Art Museum St. Louis, 2008.

 

Hany Armanious, The Front Room, Contemporary Art Museum St. Louis, 2008.Hany Armanious, The Front Room, Contemporary Art Museum St. Louis, 2008. Hany Armanious, The Front Room, Contemporary Art Museum St. Louis, 2008. 

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Hany Armanious takes on the role of artist, archeologist and alchemist. By digging through the refuse and cast-offs of contemporary society, he embarks on an excavation of the ritualistic origins of form making, while imbuing familiar objects with a profound archaic mysti- cism. Previous materials have included mud, bubbles, worms, sandpaper, manila folders, pool cues, and hot melt. Creating a magical bricolage of cast organic, found, and self-made objects, he explores the ambiguous distinction between the natural and the artificial. Disillusioned yet fascinated by the veneer of consumerism, Armanious pursues a “pure” state of materials, and finds sanctuary in the fundamental gestures and processes of the pre-industrial workshop.

In The Front Room, Armanious continues his experimentation with casting, both as a means of reproduction and as a process in its own right. His meticulous method denies the immediacy of the readymade, yet his choice of material provides visual proximity to the original forms. Polyurethane-cast tiles mark the space, which is presided over by the crumbling, prophetic obelisk. Despite its name, The Oracle disrupts our quest for meaning: at closer inspection, the inflatable toy bats are revealed as fragile glass vessels, and the soft, foamy floor tiles question the solidity of our foundations.

 

Sponsors

This project has been assisted by the Australian Government through the Australia Council for the Arts, its arts funding and advisory body.

General support for the Contemporary’s exhibitions program is generously provided by the Whitaker Foundation; The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts; William E. Weiss Foundation; Regional Arts Commission; Missouri Arts Council, a state agency; Arts and Education Council; Nancy Reynolds and Dwyer Brown; and members of the Contemporary Art Museum St. Louis.