Hany Armanious, Fountain, 2012

marble, polyurethane resin, bronze

Fountain (2012) is based on an anatomical model of the inner ear and a weathered outdoor table. Meticulously carved in Opal Bianca marble at ten times the model’s original size, the ear is a complex and mysterious form, containing transparent resin casts of the ear drum and cochlear. Appearing ordinary in comparison, the table is cast in bronze and left to oxidise to suggest a green plastic surface that has been bleached and weakened by the sun. The table acts as a symbolic support for the apparently unbalanced ear and continues Armanious’ playful investigation of the humble objects that keep art upright. As its title suggests, the artist thinks of the work in terms of an archetypal fountain. Instead of running water Fountain evokes the idea of water, through its references to the fluid of the ear canal, the undulating contours of the marble, and the translucent resin shapes that sit like droplets of liquid trapped inside the ear.

Anna Davis, Curator

Hany Armanious in Artist’s Voice

Running Time: 6:18

Hany Armanious talks about his practice and his work Foutain 2012. Fountain was commissioned by the Museum of Contemporary Art, on the occasion of the opening of the new MCA, March 2012.

Artist’s Voice is supported by the Copyright Agency Limited.

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Installation view, Museum of Contemporary Art Australia, 2012
Image courtesy and © the artist, Photo: Paul Green