Iñigo Manglano-Ovalle: Happiness is a state of inertia

12 September - 9 November 2013

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 others.