Forum 66, Shengyang, China
  • Iñigo Manglano-Ovalle, Redberg (r11io1) detail, 2012, Image: Roger D'Souza Photography
  • Iñigo Manglano-Ovalle, Redberg (r11io1), 2012, Image: Roger D'Souza Photography

Inigo Manglano-Ovalle and Konstantin Dimopolous showcase equally bold statements at Forum 66, Shengyang, China

CREATIVEMOVE is proud to have worked with the UAP Shanghai office to curate two sophisticated and accomplished artists, Inigo Manglano-Ovalle (represented by Christopher Grimes Gallery in the United States) and Konstantin Dimopolous (Australia), into the Forum 66 project in Shengyang, China. Forum 66 is a mixed use project designed by US based architects, Kohn Pederson Fox Associates (KPF). The project offered two major artwork opportunities to the value of nearly $1 million in total, created to reflect the project’s international flavour and enliven its sophisticated public space.

CREATIVEMOVE collaborated on Forum 66 with Los Angeles curatorial colleague, Simone Mainwarring, to commission a new version of Iñigo Manglano-Ovalle’s incredible sculpture, iceberg (r11i01). Like the original iceberg (r11i01), the resulting work, Redberg (r11io1) is mapped on scientific data of an actual iceberg in the Labrador Sea. The work is intended by the artist to appear as if cleaved from the adjacent building and now sits in a state of suspended animation within the plaza. Sited in this context, the sculpture becomes a thing of fascination and contemplation, prompting consideration of the connection between the built and natural worlds.

Konstantin Dimopolous’ kinetic work RED, is a site-specific sculpture responding to the strong linear forms of the surrounding built environment while its gentle response to the wind reflects its kinetic engagement with the natural environment. To ensure this work resonated culturally with its location, Dimoplous focussed the design on the auspiciousness of colour, numbers and shape – the colour red symbolising good luck, happiness and joy; the lucky number six is represented by 6 separate forms; and the auspicious triangular shape has been used for form. Once installed the resulting work will reflect the energy and spirituality of nature and humanity.

Both Manglano-Ovalle and Dimopolous have successfully transposed their individually sophisticated and minimalist visual languages into this project.