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Joe Mangrum
New York, NY
Neighborhood: Gowanus



ARTIST STATEMENT: Statement My paintings are a visual rebellion of the urban grid. It’s my philosophy that we are all unknowingly and psychologically programed by this system, a dominating force that efficiently partitions the globe into quantifiable sections of space and time, divided by minutes and seconds. It is ultimately out of sync with the natural world, seasonal cycles and lunar tides. The result is a society divided from nature and compartmentalized into definable groups, disconnected physically, and spiritually from the whole. I work to reclaim these divisions by creating sand paintings, in organic shapes, interconnecting the fragments and acting as a catalyst for a synthesis, again. For me this is a vital process of affirming life   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 animation. In addition, these forms are mixed with an urban free-style and combined with bright “Pop” colors. My paintings are influenced by an abundant world of undersea creatures, carnivorous plants charged with electrical impulses, botanical, animal and cross-cultural metaphors from many years of travels around the world.  Visually, I combine elements from contemporary art, culture and technology to find the common ground from which to communicate our collective interdependence, as we are moving into the 21st century. My art is about interconnectivity and co-existence with the natural order of life and politically challenging the existing order beliefs, in a run-away and materialistic global paradigm.  
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  • Pyrophyte
    2017
    colored Sand and Mixed media on Canvas
    70" x 80"

  • Amorphous Circuit
    2017
    colored Sand and Mixed media on Canvas
    70" x 80"

  • Conflicting DNA
    2017
    Colored Sand and Mixed media on Canvas
    70"x 80"

  • Banded Felina
    2016
    Colored Sand and Mixed media on Canvas
    70" x 80"

  • Detail-Banded Felina
    2016
    colored sand on Canvas
    70"x 80"

  • Hive Mind
    2015
    colored sand on carpet
    70"x 80"

  • Asynchronous Syntropy, MAD Museum
    May 9, 2012
    Colored sand on gallery floor
    Ephemeral sand painting by Joe Mangrum, spontaneously created, hand poured colored sand. Museum of Arts and Design "Swept Away", curated by David McFadden, 2012, New York City

  • Sand Painting Union Square
    2016
    colored sand
    18ft
    Colored sand poured directly from my hands over the course of an afternoon

  • Sand Painting Union Square
    2016
    colored sand
    16ft
    Colored sand poured directly from my hands over the course of an afternoon

  • Sand Painting Central Park
    2015
    colored sand
    18ft
    Colored sand poured directly from my hands over the course of an afternoon

  • Sand Painting Union Square
    2016
    colored sand
    16ft
    Colored sand poured directly from my hands over the course of an afternoon

  • Sand Painting Washington Square Park
    2016
    colored sand
    18ft
    Colored sand poured directly from my hands over the course of an afternoon

  • Sand Painting Union Square
    2016
    colored sand
    18ft
    Colored sand poured directly from my hands over the course of an afternoon

  • Sand Painting Washington Square Park
    2016
    colored sand
    18ft
    Colored sand poured directly from my hands over the course of an afternoon

  • Sand Painting Union Square
    2016
    colored sand
    18ft
    Colored sand poured directly from my hands over the course of an afternoon

  • Sand Painting Washington Square Park
    2016
    colored sand
    18ft
    Colored sand poured directly from my hands over the course of an afternoon

  • Anemone
    2015
    Colored sand on panel
    60"
    colored sand on carved wood panel

  • Porpita Cilia
    2015
    colored sand on panel
    36"
    Colored sand and acrylic on carved wood panel

  • Nouvelle Botanica
    2013
    Permanent Sand Painting on Carved Panel
    24"
    Permanent sand painting on carved and shaped FSC certified wooden panel by Joe Mangrum. Based on original ephemeral sand painting by Joe Mangrum.

  • Porpita Fouqueria
    2013
    Permanent Sand Painting on Carved Panel
    36"
    Permanent sand painting on carved and shaped FSC certified wooden panel by Joe Mangrum. Based on original ephemeral sand painting by Joe Mangrum.
 








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