– Nicholas Mangan –

By Summer 2004

In Mangan’s distinctive work the by-products of consumerism are integrated with unique sculptural forms of the artist’s own making. Mangan’s sculpture shares an affinity with the work of many young contemporary artists – such as Ricky Swallow, James Angus and Tim Silver, for example – in which everyday items are deified in sculptural forms distinguished by aesthetic and technical proficiency. However, rather than re-creating objects of everyday use, Mangan incorporates them into new hybrid sculptural forms. – Claire Armstrong

Nicholas Mangan, Untitled (nest), 2004, detail; aluminium ladder, Western red cedar, Tasmanian oak, 275 x 50 x 170 cm; ARTAND Australia Emerging Artist Collection; courtesy the artist and Sutton Gallery, Melbourne; photograph Simon Hewson