Former betterArts Resident Ruby Amanze in Brooklyn Gallery Show through April 6


Ruby Amanze, a visiting artist-in-residence back in 2011, has a body of work on display as part of a larger gallery exhibit in Brooklyn, N.Y., through April 6 of this year.

Six Draughtsmen, showing at the Museum of Contemporary African Diasporan Arts, highlights the diverse drawing practices of six artists. Arguably the oldest of all mediums, drawing has evolved to redefine and expand its parameters in this increasingly experimental era of contemporary art. Navigating somewhere between the traditions of the past and an imagined future, contemporary drawing embraces and challenges drawing conventions in medium, surface and concept.
By Ruby Amanze
In the past 15 years, there has been a surge of critical discourse on contemporary and experimental drawing, but artists of African descent have been disproportionately absent from the international discussion. The work of many pioneer Nigerian artists shows evidence of a strong historical connection to drawing. Currently, however, drawing in a Nigerian context has primarily been designated a preparatory exercise rather than being recognized as a finished medium.
Ruby Onyinyechi Amanze, Toyin Odutola, Temitayo Ogunbiyi, Wura-Natasha Ogunji, Nnenna Okore and Odun Orimolade are six artists of Nigerian descent who explore aspects of drawing in their current practices in Nigeria and in the U.S. Though most of the artists primarily practice in the U.S., at the time this exhibition was conceived, five of the six women found themselves actively engaged in a studio practice in Nigeria. Aside from those who only draw, participating artists also identify as installation artists, performance and video artists, mixed media artists and sculptors.Yet through their various mediums, all are intrinsically invested in a dialogue with drawing, both two dimensionally as well as by taking mark-making, line, erasure, transparency, memory and process, off the page and into three dimensional space.
This exhibition is curated by artist Ruby Onyinyechi Amanze as part of her culminating research for the Fulbright Scholars Program in Nigeria. From August 2012 to June 2013, Amanze joined the faculty as a resident artist in the Department of Fine and Applied Arts at the University of Nigeria, Nsukka.

The Museum of Contemporary African Diasporan Arts is located at 80 Hanson Pl., Brooklyn, NY 11217. Can't make it to the gallery? See Ruby's amazing work at www.rubyamanze.com.

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Nicole Caldwell is a self-taught environmentalist, green-living savant and sustainability educator with more than a decade of professional writing experience. She is also the co-founder of Better Farm and president of betterArts. Nicoleโ€™s work has been featured in Mother Earth News, Readerโ€™s Digest, Time Out New York, and many other publications. Her first book, Better: The Everyday Art of Sustainable Living, is due out this July through New Society Publishers.