Brooklyn, New York, Ch'i Contemporary Fine Art is excited to present Chrysalis Stage, an installation and sculpture by Joe Mangrum, the artist's second solo show at the gallery. Join us on Friday, June 12th from 6 - 9 PM for a public reception at the gallery's Williamsburg location of 293 Grand Street between Roebling and Havemeyer. This event will be in conjunction with the Williamsburg Gallery Association 2nd Friday where local art spaces will be open late. The public is invited to attend this event and visit the gallery during regular hours: Wed - Sun 11 AM - 7 PM, and Mon. 9 AM - 5 PM. For more information contact the gallery at 718.218.8939.
Artist Statement: My greatest desire is to reveal a deeper truth by exploring the visual experience. For many years, I have been moved by the spherical Mandala as a universal scientific and metaphysical form. Its shape echoes manifestations in our own cells, unfolding flowers or patterns in the deepest reaches of space. I am interested in naturally formed phenomena devoid of artificial boundaries and their contrast to structures like a pyramid or grid. Our lives are inherently connected to the whole of its people, its natural wonder, spirit and momentum. By magnifying the outlook of a flourishing sustainability with impending disaster, I aspire to better understand the consequences we face in our experience of modern life.
About Joe Mangrum
Joe Mangrum’s installations have been shared with national and international audiences. In 2008 Joe was invited to create site-specific installations for the All Points West and Mile High Music Festivals in the US. He was also selected for an International Juried Show at Viridian Artists, Inc. curated by Elisabeth Sussman of the Whitney Museum. Also while completing a residency in China, Joe created a living sculpture using air-plants titled “Retail Transmutation” at the exhibited at the Sunshine Museum in Beijing. Past accolades include the 2003 Lorenzo de Medici Award in “New Media” at the Florence Biennale for his striking piece “Fragile”. An alumnus of the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Joe began his training as a painter and while traveling abroad moved toward installations of found objects. He continues to explore mediums and materials in his work.
About Ch’i Contemporary Fine Art Ch'i Contemporary Fine Art, established in Williamsburg, Brooklyn in 1999 and directed by Tracy Causey-Jeffery is committed to exhibiting vibrant contemporary art by living artists: both mid-career and emerging. Ch'i exhibits works in two distinct styles: abstract textural or fragmented figurative. Ch'i hosts 11-15 exhibitions annually with their artists coming from across America, Asia, Europe and South America. In addition to its own exhibitions, Ch'i participates annually in at least 3 international fairs and events. In 2008, Chi participated in the annual Asian Contemporary Arts Week (NYC), the Bridge Art Fairs in New York City and Miami and the inaugural Art Asia Fair in Miami. Past art fairs include Fountain New York, AAF, and Photo NY. Additionally, Ch'i and its artists have been published in Artforum, ArtNews, Art and Antiques, Art World News, Block Magazine, Brooklyn Rail, Korea Times, LA Times, New York Sun, New York Times, NY Arts Magazine and The Village Voice among others. Gallery artists are included in the permanent collections of the Bank of China, Cantor Fitzgerald, Exxon Energy, Healthlink, Hong Kong Museum of Art, The Houston Museum, the Kimbell Museum, the Klutznick National Jewish Museum, the Kohler Company, the Musee Elysée, The Museum of the City of New York, MoMA, the National Gallery of Australia, the New York Public Library, the University of Maryland, and the Whitney Museum. Ch'i director, Tracy Causey-Jeffery received her masters in art history from the University of London after interning at Sotheby's auction house in New York City. Prior to opening Ch'i, she owned and operated The Finer Side Galleries in Maryland and Washington, D.C. for 7 years.