Nicholas Mangan


Born Geelong, Victoria 1979; currently lives and works in Melbourne

Alert to both history and science, Nicholas Mangan is a multi-disciplinary artist known for interrogating narratives embedded in a diverse range of objects. With a keen interest in the processes of forming meaning from objects, culture and natural phenomena, Mangan creates unnerving drawings, montages, sculptures and installations. His work addresses a wide range of themes, including the ongoing impacts of colonialism, humanity's fraught relationship with the natural environment, contemporary consumptive cultures and the complex dynamics of the global political economy.

Mangan has exhibited extensively in Australia and internationally. His last major body of work, Some Kinds of Duration 2011, was presented at Artspace, Sydney, in 2011 and Centre for Contemporary Photography, Melbourne, in 2012. Other solo exhibitions include: Let's Talk about the Weather, Y3K, Melbourne, 2011; Nauru, notes from a cretaceous world, Sutton Gallery, Melbourne, 2010; Between a Rock and a Hard Place, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 2009; and The Colony, Gertrude Contemporary Art Spaces, Melbourne, 2005. Selected group exhibitions include: Courtesy of the artist, CNEAI, Paris, 2013; Sinking Islands, Labor, Mexico City, 2012; Before & After Science, 2010 Adelaide Biennial of Australian Art, Art Gallery of South Australia; Lucky Number Seven, SITE International Biennial, SITE Santa Fe, 2008; The Shadow Cabinet, the second phase of Master Humphrey's Clock, de Appel Arts Centre, Amsterdam; Adventures with Form in Space, The Fourth Balnaves Foundation Sculpture Project, Art Gallery of New South Wales, 2006; Uncanny Nature, Australian Centre for Contemporary Art, Melbourne, 2006; and Primavera, Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney, 2004.

Mangan completed a two year studio residency at Gertrude Contemporary, Melbourne, between 2001 and 2002. He has also been awarded numerous international residencies, including Recollets Artist Residency, Paris, in 2011 and Australia Council's New York Green Street Residency in 2006. In 2007 he was a recipient of the Anne and Gordon Samstag International Visual Arts Scholarship, resulting in post graduate studies at Universität der Künste in Berlin, Germany.



Mangan CV 2013

Artwork by Nicholas Mangan

Dowiyogo's ancient coral coffee table, 2009

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120 x 80 x 45 cm