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The work of Iñigo Manglano-Ovalle blends the naturally occuring with the technologically engineered, conveying complex social issues through a symbolic lexicon of digitally rendered artworks inspired by naturally occurring phenomena. The artist’s strategy of representing nature through information explores the underlying forces that shape the planet, as well as the structures in which we function and the ways we understand our ecology.
“If art for me is a platform from which to speak, but not tell you something, that’s good,” says the artist. “And if that’s the way from which I give you a platform to think and debate it, that’s even better. Because art for me does not reside in the object, it’s about what’s said about the object. “
Producer: Susan Sollins & Nick Ravich. Camera: Mark Falstad. Sound: Heidi Hesse. Editor: Steven Wechsler. Artwork courtesy: Iñigo Manglano-Ovalle. Thanks: Rochester Contemporary Art Center.
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Iñigo Manglano-Ovalle’s technologically sophisticated sculptures and video installations use natural forms such as clouds, icebergs, and DNA as metaphors for understanding social issues such as immigration, gun violence, and human cloning. In collaboration with astrophysicists, meteorologists, and medical ethicists, Manglano-Ovalle harnesses extraterrestrial radio signals, weather patterns, and biological code, transforming pure data into digital video projections and sculptures realized through computer rendering. His work is attentive to points of intersection between local and global communities, emphasizing the intricate nature of ecosystems.
“…art for me does not reside in the object—it’s about what’s said about the object.”