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 Hany Armanious  (1962 - )

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Lived/Active: Australia/Egypt      Known for: Sculpture, drawing

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Hany Armanious (Ismalia, Egypt, 1962) lives and works in Sydney, Australia.  He holds a BA in Visual Arts, City Art Institute, Sydney.

His work has been shown most recently in solo exhibitions in New York City, Australia, New Zealand, and in 2006 at the  Institute of Modern Art, Brisbane.


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Hany Armanious (b.1962)

With his enduring interest in the ready made and figurative traditions of sculpture, as well as the real and illusory potential of art, Hany Armanious is internationally known as the author of mysterious, beguiling works that seek to confound and provoke through their exploration of the energy embedded within inanimate objects. Embracing forms, processes and materials from a myriad of traditions - ancient, non-Western idolatry to cosmology, magic and mysticism, and twentieth-century modernism as espoused by figures including Duchamp, Brancusi and Giacometti - for over two decades, his poetic invocations have encouraged reconsideration of the way in which sculpture is fundamentally defined and understood.  Simultaneously archaic and modern, formal and informal, uncanny and concrete, indeed his metaphysical inquiries into the nature of objects and our relationship to them are distinguished by an unmistakable universality notwithstanding their ostensible 'ordinariness'; as Doug Hall suggests, the art of Armanious is 'panoramic ... sorting through the detritus of cultural memory.'1  Long fascinated by the transformative powers of the shaman, Armanious employs a highly original technique which constantly surprises through the deft making, unmaking and recreating of everyday objects and materials in oddly lyrical ways.  In this manner, the antipodean artist 'shares much with Beuys and Barney: the alchemy idea, conspiracies of art and occult knowledge, fantasies about the artist as the centre of the universe, and a passion for casting ...'2 Yet, as Robert Leonard observes, while Armanious engages the viewer in the seductive idea of art as a transformative or transcendental project, 'the deeper we get into it the more we become mired in mixed metaphors and conceits ... His work is psychological and phenomological rather than cosmological or religious. He sponsors metaphysical inquiry and then pulls the rug out from under it.'3 

Born in Egypt in 1962, and migrating with his family to Australia six years later, Sydney-based Armanious represented Australia at the 54th Venice Biennale in 2011 with his exhibition The Golden Thread, curated by Anne Ellegood of the UCLA Hammer Museum, Los Angeles.  Subsequently toured to Monash Museum of Art, Melbourne (2012), the exhibition features among his most celebrated recent achievements, together with Fountain (2012) commissioned for the Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney, and solo exhibitions such as The Oracle (2008) at the Contemporary Art Museum, St Louis, and Morphic Resonance (2006-07) at the Institute of Modern Art, Brisbane and City Gallery, Wellington. The recipient of the prestigious Moet & Chandon Fellowship in 1998, Armanious has also exhibited widely at several biennales, including the Adelaide Biennale (2010); the Busan Biennale (2006); the Johannsburg Biennale (1995); the Sydney Biennale (1992), and in 1993, was selected to exhibit in the Aperto section of the Venice Biennale. 

His  work is held in many important private and public collections internationally, including most major museums within Australia and New Zealand, as well as the Museum of Contemporary Art, San Diego, United States of America; the UCLA Hammer Museum, Los Angeles; and the Dakis Joannou Foundation, Athens.

1. Hall, D., cited in Delany, M., 'The Uncanny Logic of Hany Armanious', Artery, 1 November 2011 2. Leonard, R., 'Catalogue of Errors' in Morphic Resonance - Hany Armanious, Institute of Modern Art, Brisbane, 2007, pp. 20-30 3. ibid. VERONICA ANGELATOS

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