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Chicago, IL 60622
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With a focus on contemporary art from Africa and photography, Mariane Ibrahim is committed to supporting the growth of emerging artists as well as advancing the practices of established artists. Reflecting the diversity of communities globally, Mariane Ibrahim provides a boundless platform for innovative artistic voices fostering a multifaceted understanding of arts of the African Diaspora.
The gallery’s rigorous curatorial programming, strong international presence at art fairs, and collaboration and support in wide-ranging institutional exhibitions has included presentations of artists including Amoako Boafo, Clotilde Jiménez, Florine Démosthène, Ayana V. Jackson, Lina Iris Viktor and most recently Ian Mwesiga, Jerrell Gibbs and Peter Uka. Mariane Ibrahim was originally founded by Mariane Ibrahim-Lenhardt in Seattle in 2012 and moved to Chicago in 2019.
ruby onyinyechi amanze
Ayana V. Jackson
Lina Iris Viktor
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ruby onyinyechi amanze
Ayana V. Jackson
Lina Iris Viktor
Sounds of Color: Recorded Memories
September 4, 2021 - October 22, 2021
Gibbs avails the new body of work as a point of departure to explore musicality in his compositions. As harmony is the basis of color theory and melody emulate the unity of color, the dynamic and symphony are defined through Gibb’s pictorial touch. Paying homage to the Impressionists, the paintings are vivid in pointillism, the oscillating contours of his paintings meld the skin tone and monochrome backgrounds into a modern sfumato.
The boy in all of the works represents a multitude of voices, ideas and ways of living. For the artist, the color, the ‘people of color’ portray the multiple and myriad of experiences and ideas that should be painted about, explored and shown. There is a continuation of gesture which acts as a thread between each work.
Repetition is a constant throughout the paintings, resemblances are disposed in order to discover particularities of a memory. The recurrence of stroke join the colors with the repeated figure, as the artist uses repetition as a form of distinction. Visual and palette rhythms, cannot be replaced, echoing a secret vibration which animates profoundness.
The fictional portraits mark a shift from his interest in acquainting the past, and instead reflect a pursuit of redefining representations. Figurative compositions explore contemporary identity to “change the narrative rather than repeat the renegade.” Gibbs attention lies in manifesting a youthful and revitalized future defined by schisms of contemporary Black solace.
Although no musical collaboration will accompany the paintings, Gibbs challenges himself to communicate the rhythmic energy present in his subjects and their environment. By implementing concepts of synesthesia, playing with textures and utilizing a bright selection of color, the vibrancy of the image protrudes from the canvas, awakening the gallery into a space of spontaneous leisure.
Sounds of Color: Recorded Memories is his repartee, from exploring the legacies inherited through his family for generations, to how he attempts to define his own legacy and his own genre in art history.
Here and Now
June 26, 2021 - August 14, 2021
Mariane Ibrahim is pleased to announce the upcoming solo exhibition of Japanese artist Yukimasa Ida, entitled “Here and Now” on view, in Chicago, from June 26 – August 14, 2021. The show marks the artists debut in the United States.
In the new body of work for “Here and Now”, Ida is focused on life and death as an eternal cycle and includes distorted portraits and bronze sculptures of human heads. Ida continues to experiment with spontaneous as well as intentional patterns. Each of his works merge various intensities of stroke, communicating specific ranges of emotion. Every piece embodies a snapshot of a memory, reflecting the way the human mind processes a fleeting moment…construed and inconsistent.
ruby onyinyechi amanze
May 7, 2021 - June 5, 2021
The show will be on view from May 7 – June 5, 2021 and will present seven new drawings. To make these works, over twenty-five different drawings were created, then cut and systematically reassembled into their finished form.
amanze is currently working with a newly reduced capsule of seven recurring elements that include: swimming pools, ada and audre - who masquerade as swimmers/divers, dancers and pseudo lovers - windows and other architectural references, okada [motorcycle taxis], pigeons in flight and the paper itself. amanze speaks lovingly of each of the elements as individual forms. Now having isolated them from their former cohort, they take on new meaning as the ones that stayed. Human-like beings and inanimate objects ultimately share the same function; flat forms that interact and move [play] in endless configurations to create a multi-dimensional and therefore, illogical space.
amanze’s drawings are an illusion; a suggestion of an expansive unnamed world situated between nowhere and everywhere. Primarily using graphite, fluorescent inks and photo transfers, each layer of space within the drawing has, with calculation and spontaneity, been negotiated, constructed and ultimately invented.
To build upon the layering of space within the drawing, amanze has begun to explore a process of creating a final work that consists of overlapping multiple sheets of paper. Taking this one step further and embracing the puzzle-like element of parts within a whole, the drawings In Thinghood come together towards the end of the process. amanze removed any semblance of knowing in advance what the works would be and opened an organic dialogue with the drawings about what they could become. With almost thirty separate units to compose with, there are virtually infinite possibilities to bend planes and disrupt logic.
The Blue that embraces me...
March 12, 2021 - April 10, 2021
The Blue that embraces me...highlights the silent essence that illuminates the memory of such things that, individually and intimately, bring us back to ourselves. These seminal landscapes seek to identify the contours of life, presenting a kind of tracing of the soul as the artist views his work as a spiritual language, a way to see life as a sacred experience of interrelations.
The show marks a defining moment in the artists career as Lucena’s artistic production is moving toward a wider understanding of “limit” as a concept. The limit being both the environs that define a space and those naturally perceived. As a painter, Lucena felt the need to run against the limits of language. The duplicity of these slivers of light is the boundary that invites us to extend beyond the previously established liminal environments and spatial interstices to expand our point of view and create a new and unanticipated permeance.
The Night of the Purple Moon
January 30, 2021 - March 6, 2021
The Night of the Purple Moon, marks the gallery’s inaugural presentation with the artist and his first solo gallery show in the United States.
The gallery will be transformed into a Galerie des Illustres, an otherworldly environment with large scale portraits on canvas, cloaks, chaps and flags. Fictional heroes and historical reinterpretations embellish subjects from classical and canonical histories: from the Caribbean, Voodoo and magical deities, to function as a way for formerly enslaved humans to hold on to their African identity, despite the violence of Western colonialism. Barontini illuminates disparities in the visual and cultural history of the French Caribbean, which is rooted in African ancestry, yet virtually saturated with culture of an insular Caribbean.