Dominic Mangila at the Gwangju Biennale 2018 – Pavilion Project

August 29, 2018

“In my installation at Hothouse – the pavilion of the Philippine Contemporary Art Network at the 2018 Gwangju Biennale, I attempt to liquefy the autonomy of the the unique painterly swath and to further break down the pliable borders between television, abstract painting and sculpture.


In the exhibition, I use glass as an essential material that adjoins the spheres of the televisual with the painterly and the sculptural with the pictorial.”


Gwangju Biennal 2018 – Pavilion Project


Philippine Contemporary Art Network (PCAN)/ Leekangha Art Museum and a new art exhibition space in Buk-gu, Gwangju


‘Hothouse’ = The boundaries of natural and artificial, sensibility and space, expressed by Philippine and Gwangju artists.


The Philippine Contemporary Art Network will show six Korean and Filipino artists including Mark Salvatus, Indy Paredes, Dominic Mangila, Renz Lee, Lee Kang Ha, Sehyun Lee, under the title, ‘Hothouse.’ The exhibition is planned by Patrick D. Flores, a former curator of the Philippine Pavilion at the 2015 Venice Biennale and one of the curators for “Position Papers” in the 2008 Gwangju Biennale.


The word ‘hothouse’ refers to a structure which triggers exceptionally rapid growth of plant life out of their natural season. A greenhouse is the contact zone between the natural and artificial and an environment made of glass. The exhibition focuses on the situation which takes place at the intersection of the emotional element, ‘hot’ and space, ‘house’.


-Excerpt from the Gwangju Biennale 2018 website


Image: screen grab of digital video, courtesy of the artist


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