About the Artwork
Hany Armanious is a sculptor who explores ideas of doubling and artifice through the transformation of objects. Utilising the process of casting, he creates simulacra of insigificant everyday objects, investing them with enigmatic value. Fastidious explorations of form, they are often decorative as well as humorous.
Second hand political is an installation about the basics of survival – food, clothing and shelter. Ambiguous and nonsensical, where one material masquerades as another, it involves a slippage of both materials and meaning across categories, suggesting that meaning is contingent on language and representation. In this collection of small objects set on timber plinths of different heights, sticks and bark resemble a camp fire, timber slices are stacked into bread bags which are illustrated with trees, ceramic mugs resemble hollow logs, and a small wooden elephant is a tooth pick holder.
Quotation: Hany Armanious, Hany Armanious: The Golden Thread, SBS STVDIO Documentary, 2011
My work … needs time. Something that’s seemingly fairly straight forward and self-explanatory actually is full of riddles … incidental things speak to me.
– About the artist
Hany Armanious represented Australia at the 54th International Art Exhibition at the Venice Biennale in 2011. In 1998 he was awarded the prestigious Moët & Chandon Fellowship. He has exhibited extensively both in Australia and overseas, and is represented in numerous major public and private collections.