Chisenhale Editions

Nicholas Mangan
Brilliant Errors, 2015
Brilliant Errors, 2015
Digital pigment print on Somerset Photo Satin 300gsm
65 x 37cm
Edition of 30+5AP

Standard price: £325 (unframed) 
Chisenhale Friends’ price: £292.50 (unframed) 

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Nicholas Mangan limited edition print


To accompany his exhibition, Ancient Lights at Chisenhale Gallery, Nicholas Mangan has produced a new limited edition artwork, Brilliant Errors (2015). 

Ancient Lights explores connections between the Aztec Sun Stone, rediscovered at Zócalo, Mexico City where it was buried following the Spanish Conquest; the concentric mirrors of the Gemasolar Thermosolar Plant in Southern Spain; and pioneering advances in dendrochronology carried out by A. E. Douglass at the Laboratory of Tree-Ring Research at the University of Arizona. In one film, Mangan brings together footage shot on location in Spain and Arizona with audiovisual data gathered by NASA’s Solar and Heliospheric Observatory project. This work positions the sun at the centre of a series of cyclic systems, both geophysical and cultural. Drawing on Aztec ritual and the research of Soviet scientist Alexander Chizhevsky, who linked sun spots and the eleven year solar cycle to periods of revolutionary activity, Mangan examines the relationship between entropy – as sacrifice or loss – and the perpetual movement of the sun. 

The edition, the title of which comes from the French poet Paul Valéry, is a montage of imagery tracing the themes of Mangan’s exhibition Ancient Lights. The arrangement of images on the wall is evocative of the space in the artist studio and the accumulative and decision making process of producing the films that are part of the exhibition.

Nicholas Mangan (born 1979) lives and works in Melbourne. Recent exhibitions include Art in the Age of…, Witte de With, Rotterdam; Anthropocene Moment, Les Abattoirs, Toulouse (both 2015); Octopus, Gertrude Contemporary, Melbourne; Concrete, Monash Museum of Art, Melbourne; Melbourne Now, National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne (all 2014). He participated in the 2015 New Museum Triennial: Surround Audience, New York; 9th Bienal do Mercosul, Porto Alegre; and the 13th Istanbul Biennial (both 2013).


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