My work is based in cultural patterns from around the world, combined with shapes in nature, science and technology that define a mixed visual language as expressed spontaneously through my hands.
Each painting is spontaneously improvised, using colorful sand, poured directly from my hand. In the process of creation, I whisk a mash-up of visual cues, inspired by ancient traditions synced up with a rhythm of New York City. Forms are executed with an urban free-style and combined with bright “Pop Art” colors, fractal variations and circuitry. My paintings are influenced by an abundant world of undersea creatures, carnivorous plants emanating electrical impulses, a living mathematical amalgam and botanical geometry stemming cross-cultural metaphors inspired by years of travel. Visually, I combine elements from contemporary art, culture and technology to find the common ground from which to communicate our collective interdependence.
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Biography - Joe Mangrum
Joe Mangrum’s work explores issues of the urban grid, environmentalism and its eﬀects on the collective psyche. Since 2009, he has created a series of over 1000 intricate sand paintings in public and private spaces which act as vibrant catalysts of social interaction in New York City and around the world. Inspired by ancient traditions and synced up with a rhythm of animation, forms are mixed with an urban free-style and combined with bright “Pop Art” colors, fractal variations and circuitry. His paintings are inﬂuenced by an abundant world of undersea creatures, carnivorous plants emanating electrical impulses, a living mathematical amalgam and botanical geometry stemming cross-cultural metaphors from years of travel.
Mangrum’s work has been exhibited worldwide. In 2015 he installed 8 large scale sand paintings as part of a solo exhibit at the Doe Museum, Zuidlaren, Netherlands. In 2014, he traveled to the UAE to participate in the Sharjah Calligraphy Biennial. In 2012, he was featured at the Museum of Arts and Design as part of the “Swept Away” exhibit, completing an indoor project “Asynchronous Syntropy” as well as circumambulating the entire museum for a marathon 24 hrs in two days. As a special project, his work was featured at MOCA Miami, during Art Vasel Week 2014. He participated in The Flag Art Foundation’s “Watch Your Step” exhibit and has installed at The Corcoran Gallery Rotunda in Washington D.C. Mangrum has held residencies at the de Young Museum in San Francisco, at the Ashé Cultural Center in New Orleans and The Red Gate Gallery in Beijing, where he was featured in the inaugural exhibit of the Sunshine Museum. He received the prestigious Lorenzo de Medici Award at the Florence Biennale in 2003, for his piece titled “Fragile”. Mangrum’s works have been commissioned by private collectors, The Asia Society, Jen Kao for Fashion Week and others. In addition, he has received commissions from the City of San Francisco, including a permanent public artwork on the sidewalks of Mission and 22nd streets. Other commissions include Coachella Music and Arts Festival, Electric Daisy Carnival, All Points West and Mile High Music Festival.
Mangrum has also worked with educational programs, given slide presentations and a panel discussion at Adelphi University He has demonstrated his work with students at The United Nations International School, The de Young Museum of San Francisco, Eleanor Roosevelt High School in New York and Moton Elementary in New Orleans. He is an active supporter of environmental causes and has contributed eﬀorts to Love For Japan, Riverkeeper Alliance, Natural World Museum, World Environment Day and Copenhagen 15. He has been featured on “Sesame Street,” and interviewed for the PBS program “Spark” on KQED. He has been featured on CNN and in The New York Times, New York Daily News, LA Times, Artbusiness.com, Yahoo News and numerous blogs. Joe Mangrum currently lives in New York City.