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Joe Mangrum

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Earth, Sept 2010 Sand 300"X300" © joe mangrum
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Earth-Wind-Fire (Fire detail), Sept 2010 Sand A Triptych In Sand Approx 3400 Sf © Joe Mangrum
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Earth-Wind-Fire (detail fire and Wind), Sept 2010 Sand Triptych In Sand Approx 3400 Sq Ft © joe mangrum
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Union Square NYC , July 1st 2010 Sand 20 Feet Diameter © joe mangrum
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Union Square NYC , April 1st 2010 Sand 18' © Joe Mangrum
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Union Square Februrary 9th 2010, Februrary 9th 2010 Sand 12'x16' © joe mangrum
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Impressions, 2006 Installation/ Photo Document 600 Sq Ft 16"X20 Photo © 2006 joe mangrum
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Retail Transmutation Installation 2'x2'x11' © 2008
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Current Trends Indicate, 2009 Mixed Media Colalge On Panel 44" X 66"
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Retail Transmution, 2008 Mixed Media 10' X 2' X 2'
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Pyramid, 2009 Glass, Goldleaf On Bricks, Mirror, 48" X 59"
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Hope & Faith (close up), 2009 Permanent Sand Painting, Wood, Goldleaf On Brick 110" X 45"
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Bethesda -Central Park, 9/1/09 Sand 16 Ft © joe mangrum
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Washington Sq Park, 9/19/09 Sand 22' © joemangrum
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Union Square, September 6th 2009 Sand 20' © joe mangrum
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Columbus Circle, September 18th 2009 Sand 20' © joe mangrum
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Fragile, Dec 2003 Installation 4'x5'x6' © joe mangrum
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Hope and Faith, June 2009 Sand 4'x8' © joe mangrum
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Hope and Faith (detail), June 2009 Sand 4'x8' © joe mangrum
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Asynchronous Syntropy, May 9th -10th 2012 Colored Sand 20' X30' © Joe Mangrum
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Asynchronous Syntropy, May 8-9th Colored Sand 20' X 30' © joe mangrum
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540 W. Madison, Chicago IL
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300 S. Riverside Plaza Sand Paintings
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Sand Painting, 300 S. Riverside Plaza, Chicago IL
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Shifting DNA, 12/1/2014 Colored Sand 20ft © Joe Mangrum
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City of Gold, 2007 Installation 800 Sq Ft © joe Mangrum
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Colored Sand 30ft Diameter © Joe Mangrum
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Sand Paintings, May 22nd -October 30th 2015 Colored Sand 30 Ft Diameter © Joe Mangrum
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Forging DNA (Hand Poured Colored Sand Painting in Public Space), Oct 7th 2016
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Quick Facts
Birthplace
Florissant
Birth year
MO
Lives in
New York
Works in
New York
Schools
The School of the Art Institute of Chicago, 1991, BFA
Tags
mixed-media, installation
Statement/Bio

   Statement-

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.