Sep 12th 2013

Iñigo Manglano-Ovalle: Happiness is a state of inertia

@ moniquemeloche

2154 W. Division, Chicago IL

Opening Thursday, September 12th, from 6PM - 9PM

On view through Saturday, November 9th

moniquemeloche is pleased to announce the gallery’s first solo exhibition with internationally renowned Chicago-based artist Iñigo Manglano-Ovalle and her fourth solo show with Chicago-born Rashid Johnson “on the wall.” Both artists are graduates of the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, each with recent major solo exhibitions: Johnson at the Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago, 2012 and Manglano-Ovalle, MASS MoCA, 2009.

Iñigo Manglano-Ovalle’s work challenges the notions of the political and cultural, often questioning the sustainability of the atmosphere and the fabrication of war. His minimal and often monumental works have taken the form of technologically sophisticated sculptures, architectural interventions and video installations.

For his first solo exhibition at moniquemeloche, Manglano-Ovalle calls into question our relationship to the now infamous Drone Aircraft. In his second iteration of, Happiness is a state of inertia, Manglano-Ovalle presents a formal, quiet notation- a DIY project of sorts, made in his rural Wisconsin barn, and tackling an issue of global proportions.

Iñigo Manglano-Ovalle (American b. 1961 Madrid, lives Chicago) is the recipient of many prestigious fellowships, awards and grants, including United States Artists Guthman Fellowship (2012), John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation Fellowship (2009), and the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation Fellow “Genius Grant” (2001). Manglano-Ovalle solo exhibitions include Always After (The Glass House), The Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, IL (2011) and Gravity is a force to be reckoned with, Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art, North Adams, MA (2009) as well as the Rochester Art Center, Minnesota (2006); the Art Institute of Chicago (2005); Museo de Arte Contemporáneo de Monterrey, Mexico (2003); Cleveland Center for Contemporary Art (2002); and Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago (1997).

Manglano-Ovalle has also presented major projects at SITE, Santa Fe, NM (2009), Documenta XII, Kassel, Germany (2007), the Barcelona Pavilion, Mies van der Rohe Foundation, Barcelona, Spain (2002) and the Whitney Biennial (2000). His work is in the permanent collections of such prominent institutions as Guggenheim Museum NY; Whitney Museum of American Art, NY; Museum of Contemporary Art, San Diego, CA; Museo de Arte Contemporaneo, Bilbao, Spain; Museo Nacional Centro de arte Reina Sofía, Madrid, Spain; Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago; and the Art Institute of Chicago among other. New site-specific work was commissioned for “Space is the Place” exhibition at the Contemporary Art Museum St. Louis by curator Dominic Molon opening on September 6th (also included in this exhibition are moniquemeloche gallery artists Carla Arocha + Stephane Schraenen). Manglano-Ovalle’s major public sculpture “Weather Field” will be a focal point of the new six-acre Tongva Park, between Ocean Avenue and Main Street, a block from the Santa Monica Pier debuting this fall and a major solo exhibition opens in Berlin on September 18th at the Schering Stiftung. He earned a BA in art and art history, and a BA in Latin American and Spanish literature from Williams College (1983), and an MFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago (1989). He is a professor of Art Theory and Practice at Northwestern University, Evanston IL.

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