Exhibition | Limits to Growth – Nicholas Mangan | MUMA

Nicholas Mangan, Matter over mined 2012 C-print on cotton paper 69 x 103cm Courtesy the artist; Sutton Gallery, Melbourne, Hopkinson Mossman, Auckland and LABOR, Mexico city

Nicholas Mangan, Matter over mined 2012 C-print on cotton paper 69 x 103cm Courtesy the artist; Sutton Gallery, Melbourne, Hopkinson Mossman, Auckland and LABOR, Mexico city

Exhibtion Dates: 20 July – 17 September 2016
Opening celebration: Wed 20 July, 6pm. With remarks by Dr Amelia Barikin, Lecturer in Art History, School of Communication and Arts, University of Queensland

Limits to Growth is the first survey exhibition of Melbourne-based artist, Nicholas Mangan. With a strong research base in both history and science, Mangan’s work addresses a range of themes, including the ongoing impacts of colonialism, humanity’s relationship with the natural environment, contemporary consumptive cultures and the complex dynamics of the global political economy.

The exhibition brings together several key projects (the eldest dating to 2009-10) in conversation with a new commission, Limits to Growth. This latest work explores the relationship between two monetary currencies: Rai, large stone coins from the Micronesian island of Yap, and Bitcoin, a digital currency allegedly invented by Satoshi Nakamoto in 2008.

Nicholas Mangan: Limits to Growth continues MUMA’s much anticipated and celebrated annual survey exhibition series that presents the practices of Australia’s most exciting and innovative mid-career artists. The exhibition will be accompanied by a fully illustrated publication designed by Ziga Testen that includes newly commissioned texts by Ana Teixeira Pinto and Helen Hughes, along with an interview between the artist and Barcelona-based curators, Latitudes.

The exhibition and publication Nicholas Mangan: Limits to Growth is co-produced by Monash University Museum of Art, Melbourne; Institute of Modern Art, Brisbane; and Kunst-Werke Institute for Contemporary Art, Berlin. The new commission, Limits to Growth (2016) is co-commissioned by Monash University Museum of Art and the Institute of Modern Art, and has been assisted by the Australian Government through the Australia Council, its arts funding and advisory body. MUMA also acknowledges the generous support of Peter Braithwaite and Julie and Gary Grossbard towards this exhibition.

Nicholas 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: 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.

Nicholas Mangan is represented by Sutton Gallery, Melbourne; LABOR, Mexico City; and Hopkinson Mossman, Auckland. www.nicholasmangan.com

Public Programs

  • MUMA Artists & Thinkers Talk: Nicholas Mangan & George Clark – Tues 2 August

    FREE event, all welcome, no bookings required
    Location: Monash University Museum of Art, Ground floor, Building F, Monash University Caulfield campus

    Join artist Nicholas Mangan for an informal conversation with artist, curator and writer George Clark in the exhibition space. The discussion will focus on Limits to Growth, the current survey exhibition of Mangan’s work at MUMA and specifically Mangan’s filmic works in relation to the ‘essay film’ as a mode of film practice.

  • MADA Lunchtime Art Forum: Nicholas Mangan – Thur 11 August

    FREE event, all welcome

    Venue: G104, Building G, Monash Art, Design and Architecture, Monash University, Caulfield Campus
    Coinciding with MUMA’s current survey exhibition, Nicholas Mangan:Limits to Growth, the artist will present an illustrated lecture as part of the Monash Art Design & Architecture Lunchtime Art Forum series that introduces his practice over the past two decades and focuses on his ongoing research based in history and science.

    Co-presented by MUMA and Monash Art Design & Architecture.

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