N O M A D Gallery at October 2-5, 2014 at the Rubell Family’s Capitol Skyline Hotel, in Washington, DC with Lavar Munroe and ruby onyinyechi amanze

ruby amanze creates both small and large scaled drawings as part of an ongoing series of work entitled “aliens, hybrids and ghosts”. The story, full of expansive voids of white space, fragmented memories, allusions to architecture and abstract motifs alongside representational forms, forces both real and fantastical worlds to collide. The work stemmed from amanze recently residing for the first time in her home country Nigeria. To safely navigate the sensory collision of familiar yet strange, spaces, memories, and cultures, ada the Alien and her cohort of kindred creatures [including Audre the Leopard, Twin, Pidgin & co.], were born. Displaying both human and alien characteristics, they navigate an intergalactic labyrinth of space and culture. The drawings are a reflection of their layered experiences, and the fluidity of identities simultaneously belonging nowhere, and everywhere.

Ruby lives and works in Brooklyn, NY

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Lavar Munroe’s installation “The Footprints Go This Way and Then They Return” comprise works on paper and sculpture that explore the crime scene investigation, the history of punishment, punishment as initiation, and mythos Inspired by ideas surrounding the Stage of Initiation from Joseph Campbell’s monomyth also known as The Hero’s Journey. This investigation takes as its center the task of using text, image and play to explore a mode of storytelling that points to the fugitive as hero.
Though framed in fictional narratives, this work universally explores and in many ways critiques real life situations. I am reminded of the underlying darkness that reoccur in childhood fables – in a sense, drawing a parallel to the menacing motifs that occur in this work.

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