Iñigo Manglano-Ovalle’s works are formally seductive, technologically sophisticated, and conceptually rigorous. His works are engaged in an investigation of how certain extraordinary forces and systems—both natural and man-made—perpetually reshape our world. Collaborating with scientists, architects, engineers, and biotech researchers among others, he visualizes pure data into physical form. “What I want to represent,” he states, “is how the world represents itself to us.” Through the medium of sculpture, photography, video and installation, Manglano-Ovalle’s works make the intangible tangible and challenge our notions of the political and the cultural.
Manglano-Ovalle lives and works in Chicago. He was the 2012 winner of a USA Fellow Award and winner of the 2001 MacArthur Fellowship. Manglano-Ovalle has been honored with numerous solo exhibitions, including the inaugural show, The Black Forest, Museo Universidad de Navarra, Pamplona, Spain (2015); Seven Thousand Cords, Chicago Architecture Biennial, Farnsworth House, Plano, IL (2015); Iñigo Manglano-Ovalle: Bird in Space at Mach 10, Ernst Schering Foundation, Berlin, Germany (2013); 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). Group exhibitions include IN/SITU 2015, EXPO Chicago, curated by Louis Grachos, Chicago, IL (2015), SITElines: Usettled Landscapes, SITE Santa Fe, Santa Fe, NM (2014), Moving. Norman Foster on Art at Carré d’art, Musée d’art contemporain in Nîmes, France (2013), Frankfurther Kinstverein, Frankfurt, Germany (2013), Inaugural Exhibition, The Broad Museum, Michigan State University, East Lansing, MI (2012) as well as major projects at Documenta XII, Kassel, Germany (2007) and the Barcelona Pavilion, Mies van der Rohe Foundation, Barcelona, Spain (2002). Manglano-Ovalle’s work is in the collections of such institutions as Stedelijk Museum voor Actuele Kunst (SMAK), Gent, Belgium; Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, NY; Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York, NY; Library of Congress, Washington, D.C.; Museo de Arte Contemporaneo, Bilbao, Spain; Museo Nacional Centro de arte Reina Sofía, Madrid, Spain, among others.