UP Vargas Museum, in cooperation with Artery Art Space and Reserve Ames Los Angeles, opens Dominic Mangila’s solo show titled I Put a Spell on You Because You’re Mine on October 17, Saturday, 7pm, at the 1F Galleries.
I Put a Spell on You Because You’re Mine explores the long standing tradition of painting (how its capacity to create a similitude of expression and idea regarding our being in the world transformed over time and how it remains a recurring enigma in reflecting why we become who we are, why we do the things that we do, how we relate to others, and what was once past, now, and perhaps tomorrow) through the translation of four disparate, cryptic meta-narratives. An amorphous assemblage/ bricolage, I Put a Spell on You Because You’re Mine invites the audience to look at the nature of painting and painting’s depiction of its nature today by focusing on the painting’s “Other” (the unknown where the sphere of its coming into being is that lies beyond what we know of painting, those things that were mirrored by painting to give it its meaning). Thus, the paintings become a backdrop of the museum space where Mangila, like a magician, allows his spectators to view the objects and performances as an exhibition with an emotional landscape, thus resonating David Joselit’s proposition that “Painting is beside itself”.
I Put a Spell on You Because You’re Mine runs until November 25.
Dominic Mangila holds a BFA in studio art degree from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and an MFA degree in visual arts from Columbia University where he teaches in the visual arts department. He has exhibited in various art venues such as Reserve Ames Los Angeles, Neiman and Wallach Galleries of Columbia University, Marvelli Gallery New York, Chashama NY, Storeront Brooklyn, Tompkins Project Brooklyn, Reserve Ames Los Angeles, Alberta Society of Printmakers, Manila Contemporary, 1335 Mabini, Valentine Willie Fine Art Malaysia, HT Contemporary Space Singapore, Vargas Museum and Metropolitan Museum Manila. He has participated in artist residencies such as Skowhegan, Lower Manhattan Cultural Council, Yaddo, Elizabeth Foundation for the Arts, Woodstock Byrdcliffe and Seven Below Arts Initiative. He is a recipient of New York Community Trust Art Grant, Lotos Club Foundation Art Award, D’ Arcy Trust Fund, Agnes Martin Fellowship and Chicago Community Art Grant. In 2015-2016, he will have solo exhibitions at Vargas Museum and Drawing Room in the Philippines.
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