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 the Chicago Architecure Biennial (2017 and 2015), 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); Scattered Showers - Forms of Weather, Frankfurther Kinstverein, Frankfurt, Germany (2013); Inaugural Exhibition, The Broad Museum, Michigan State University, East Lansing, MI (2012); and major projects for 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 the 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; and Museo Nacional Centro de arte Reina Sofía, Madrid, Spain, among others.