With a compulsive drive, Armanious delves deeply into the production and reception of sculpture: into the actions on materials that produce articulated forms; and into how a sense of beauty can be manufactured, defined and understood. He explores the ways an artwork can command a presence or its own aura within the exhibition space, and he complicates the relationship between sculpture and support by muddying their definitions and boundaries: his objects can be both sculptures and bases. The connections amongst elements in the arrangements and scenes he creates recall Robert Gober’s lyricism, yet the links that Armanious makes are less narrative in nature. There is a poeticism in his work that scrambles the semantics around the relationship of the original to the copy: he focuses primarily on the joy in the beholding of the exquisitely finished object.
HANY ARMANIOUS (Ismalia, Egypt, 1962) lives and works in Sydney, Australia. He holds a Bachelor of Arts from the City Art Institute, Sydney. Selected exhibitions include: Adelaide Biennial (2010); The Modern Institute, Glasgow; Galleria Raucci/Santamaria, Naples (solo); Roslyn Oxley9 Gallery, Sydney (solo)(all 2009); Contemporary Art Museum St. Louis, Missouri (solo); Zero…, Milan; Elizabeth Dee, New York (all 2008); Foxy Production, New York (solo); City Gallery, Wellington (solo); Michael Lett Gallery, Auckland (solo)(all 2007); Institute of Modern Art, Brisbane (solo); Monash University Museum of Art, Melbourne; Busan Biennale, South Korea (all 2006); National Gallery of Australia, Canberra (2005); Auckland Art Gallery, Auckland (solo)(2004); Ian Potter Museum, Melbourne (solo)(2002); and UCLA Hammer Museum, Los Angeles (solo)(2001).
Armanious has been selected to represent Australia at the Venice Biennale in 2011.