Hany Armanious, Lion Eyes, 2004-7 (detail view)
A bilingual announcement of a show in Paris arrived in my inbox last night from Foxy Production. The English section is reproduced below.
Castillo/Corrales and Galerie Balice inaugurate their guest program with "Lion Eyes", a project by Hany Armanious, organized by Foxy Production (New York).
Lion Eyes comprises a mechanized spiral vortex, known as a "trizonal space warper", and a copy of "Crying Boy", from the mythologized and widely reproduced series of paintings attributed to Bragolin, a Spanish artist also known by many other names. Armanious invites one to gaze at the "space warper", which after ten seconds confuses the brain, creating an hallucinatory undulating effect. When one then turns to the "Crying Boy", the space between it and the viewer seems to collapse as it billows out into three dimensions.
Using disparate materials and motifs, Armanious interweaves materiality and opticality to draw attention to widely overlooked or specious cultural phenomena. He produces installations and sculptural forms that are irreverent, critical, and anarchic.
Hany Armanious (Cairo, Egypt, 1962) holds a BA in Visual Arts from the City Art Institute, Sydney, Australia. He was included in the Aperto section of the 1993 Venice Biennale, the 1994 Sydney Biennale, and the 1995 Johannesburg Biennale. In 1998 he was awarded the Möet and Chandon Fellowship. In 2001 his major installation work Selflok was showcased at the UCLA Hammer Museum, Los Angeles. He currently has a solo exhibition at Wellington City Gallery, New Zealand. A new monograph on Armanious' work will be produced in partnership with IMA, Brisbane.
Foxy Production is a contemporary art gallery based in New York with a diverse program, whose mission is to foster distinctive artists that challenge both aesthetically and conceptually.
Galerie Balice will open this September in the near proximity of castillo/corrales.
castillo/corrales is a gallery run by a group of artists, curators and writers, based on the principle of French hospitality.For further information or high resolution images contact Chelsea Goodchild: t: +1 212 239 2758
Related: James wrote about Hany Armanious's work that Foxy showed at The Armory Show.