09 February 2016 - 05 March 2016

Nicholas Mangan, Brilliant Errors


Nicholas Mangan applies a documentary approach to reflect on the interconnected histories of colonialism, ecological disaster and consumer culture, addressing these issues through a multi-disciplinary practice.

For Brilliant Errors, Mangan presents a new series of photographs and collages stemming from his ambitious recent installation work, Ancients Lights*. These works exemplify his artistic process to excavate imagery and unearth connections.

Continuing the investigations explored in Ancient Lights 2015, these new works explore some of the visual evidence used throughout history to speculate on the suns' potential to influence human behavior as declared by Russian biophysicist Alexander Chizhevsky. The imagery used comprises both sourced and filmed material from multiple sources; NASA data and visual documentations of the suns behavior (Sunspots), currency fluctuations, depictions of human sacrifice, and the 11 year solar cycle itself. This material is assembled on cork boards which act as the site of investigation into the relationship between energy and social transformation, where a montage of found imagery and his own photographs are juxtaposed under smoldering orange tinted perspex.

*Ancient Lights, was first shown at London's Chisenhale Gallery, 2015 and was co-commission with Artspace Sydney where it was exhibited late 2015.

Mangan has exhibited extensively in Australia and internationally. In 2016 he will present a major survey exhibition at MUMA, Melbourne and the IMA. His recent major installation Other Currents was presented at Artspace, Sydney, 2015 and Ancient Lights at Chisenhale Gallery, London in 2015. Other solo exhibitions include: Some Kinds of Duration, Centre for Contemporary Photography, Melbourne, 2012; Nauru, notes from a cretaceous world, Sutton Gallery, Melbourne, 2010; and Between a Rock and a Hard Place, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 2009. Selected group exhibitions: The Biography of Things, Australian Centre of Contemporary Art, Melbourne, 2015; Riddle of the Burial Grounds, Project Arts Centre, Dublin, 2015; Rocks, Stones and Dust, University of Toronto Art Centre, Toronto, 2015; Art in the Age of..., Witte de With, Rotterdam, 2015; and Melbourne Now, National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne, 2014. He participated in the 2015 New Museum Triennial: Surround Audience, New York; 9th Bienal do Mercosul, Porto Alegre, 2013; and the 13th Istanbul Biennial, 2013.
Mangan has been awarded numerous international residencies, including Recollets Artist Residency, Paris, 2011 and Australia Council's New York Green Street Residency, 2006.


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