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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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b. 1969
174 W. 4th Street #121 New York, N.Y. 10014
(917) 348-4474

1991 (BFA) The School of the Art Institute of Chicago

2015 “Sand Paintings by Joe Mangrum” Doe Museum, Zuidlaren, Netherlands 2013 300 Riverside Drive, Lobby Installation, Chicago, IL540 W Madison St. Lobby installation, Chicago, IL2009 "Chrysalis Stage,” Chi Contemporary Fine Art (Causey Contemporary), Brooklyn, NY 2006 "Impressions," Chi Contemporary Fine Art (Causey Contemporary), Brooklyn, NY 2005 "Urbis Ouroboros," Urbis Artium (Mark Wolfe Contemporary Art), San Francisco, CA 1996 "Garden of Earthly Delights," Daniel Arvizu Gallery, Santa Ana, CA 1995 "Hypothesis 1995," San Francisco State University, San Francisco, CA

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2014 MOCA North Miami, Art Basel Special Projects, Miami, FL SUNY Geneseo, Geneseo NY Sharjah Calligraphy Biennial, Sharjah, UAE
2013 “Ephemeral” Adelphi University Garden City, NY Linda Warren Projects, 10th Anniversary Show, Chicago, IL
2012 "Swept Away," Museum of Arts and Design, New York, NY"Watch Your Step," Flag Art Foundation, New York, NYCorcoran Gallery Rotunda, Washington, DC"Globalectics," Multitudes Art Gallery, Miami, FL
2011 "After Dark," Exploratorium, San Francisco, CA
2010 "Diwali Celebration," Asia Society, New York, NY"Wide Open," Brooklyn Waterfront Artists Coalition, Brooklyn, NY
2009 Oasis Gallery, Beijing, ChinaSunshine Museum, Beijing, ChinaViridian Artists, Curated By Elisabeth Sussman Whitney Museum, New York, NYChi Contemporary Fine Art (Causey Contemporary), Brooklyn, NY"Expand-Reflect-Exist," All Points West Festival, Jersey City, NJ
Chi Contemporary Fine Art (Causey Contemporary), Brooklyn, NY 2007 "Liminality," Exploratorium, San Francisco, CA
2006 Chi Contemporary Fine Art (Causey Contemporary), Brooklyn, NYSFMOMA Artists Gallery @ Fort Mason, San Francisco, CA
2005 "Diversitas," Bioneers Conference, San Rafael, CA "Summer Heat," Chi Contemporary Fine Art (Causey Contemporary), Brooklyn, NYBlack Rock Arts Foundation - Art Festival, San Francisco, CA
"Bayennale," International Art Festival, Oakland, CA
"World Environment Day," Red Ink Studios, San Francisco, CA
"Spiritus Mundi," Lola Gallery, San Francisco, CA

2004 "Ignite," Cellspace, San Francisco, CA
2003 Biennale Internazionale Dell' Arte Contemporanea, Florence, Italy
"Breathless," 608 Folsom, San Francisco, CA
Varnish Fine Art Gallery, San Francisco, CA
Coachella Music Festival, Indio, CA

2002 "9/11 Memorial," Justin Herman Plaza, San Francisco, CA"East/West: Art From The Other Side," Facility 3, San Francisco, CA"Superheroes' New Year's," Bill Graham Civic Auditorium, San Francisco, CA
Featured Artist, Coachella Music and Arts Festival, Indio, CA
2000 Yerba Buena Gardens, San Francisco, CA "Installations and Observations," Cellspace, San Francisco, CA
1999 "Polli-Nation 2," Kaiser Convention Center, Oakland, CA.
1998 "Polli-Nation," Yerba Buena Gardens, San Francisco, CA
1997 California College of Arts, San Francisco, CA"Festival on the Hill," Randall Museum, San Francisco, CA
1996 "Embarrassment of Riches," Huntington Beach Art Center, CA "Gallery Invitational," Daniel Arvizu Gallery, Santa Ana, CA "Alternative Landscapes," Peter Blake Gallery, Laguna Beach, CA
notable collections
2014 Museum of Contemporary Art, North Miami, FL
2012 Museum of Art and Design, New York, NY

public works
2015 "Sand Series," 80 sand paintings, public spaces, New York, NY
2014 "Sand Series," 115 sand paintings, public spaces, New York, NY
2013 "Sand Series," 159 sand paintings, public spaces, New York, NY
2012 "Swept Away," Circling the Museum Project, Museum of Arts and Design, New York, NY "Sand Series," 142 sand paintings, public spaces, New York, NY"Sand Series," 2 sand paintings, San Cristobal de las Casas, Mexico
2011 "Sand Series," 145 sand paintings, public spaces, New York, NY 2010 "Sand Series," 168 sand paintings, public spaces, New York, NY 2009 "CO2 Cube," Copenhagen 15, Copenhagen, Denmark
"Sand Series," 49 sand paintings, public spaces, New York, NY 2002 Muni Stop, Mission St.Terrazzo installation, Funded by San Francisco Arts Commission, 1998 "Trans-mission," temporary installation, Funded by San Francisco Arts Commission, CA 1997 "Virus Series," public spaces, San Francisco, CA 1996 "Echoes of Corrective Surgery," public spaces, Laguna Beach, CA 1995 "Creation, Capitalism and Corrective Surgery," public spaces, Laguna Beach, CA

2003 Lorenzo De Medici Award, Biennale Internazionale Dell' Arte Contemporanea, Florence, Italy 1998 Market Street Art In Transit, San Francisco Arts Commission, CA 1991 Merit Scholarship, School of the Art Institute of Chicago, IL 1990 Dr. R. A. Koetting Prize, St. Louis Artists Guild, MO 1987 Juried Prize, Southern Illinois University, Edwardsville, IL 1986 Portraits of India, Asia Society, New York, NY

2013 Ashé Cultural Arts Center, New Orleans, LA 2008 Red Gate Gallery, Beijing, China 2007 de Young Museum, San Francisco, CA

2015 Priscilla Frank, “Behold, Hypnotic Sand Paintings That Will Turn Your Brain Into Goo” Hu.ngton Post June 29
Alberto Motta, “Sand painting, l’arte di Joe Mangrum in time lapse” July 23rd Christopher Jobson, “New Time-lapse Videos of Spontaneous Sand Paintings by Joe Mangrum”, June 24
2014 Naturally Hyper-natural Conference, School of Visual Arts New York, NY SUNY Geneseo Artists Talk
2013 National Performance Network Visual Arts Network Annual Exhibition Catalogue pg 22-26 Ephemeral, Artist Panel, Adelphi University Garden City, NY
Adelphi University, Artists Talk Shelley Goldstein, ed, "Drawing Lines in the Sand," American Lifestyles Magazine, January/February pgs. 25 - 29
2012 "Sand Portrait of Murray and Ovejita," Episode 43/16 3:28 , Sesame Street, PBS "Word on the Street - 'Stupendous'," Sesame Street, PBS Featured Press Release, “Swept Away Projects: Joe Mangrum,” SOFA ART & DESIGN,
NEW YORK April 20 - 23 Ron Lieber, “Why It’s So Hard To Transfer Cash To Your Friends,” The New York Times, Feb. 25, pg. B1 online version Feb. 24.
Ben Valentine, “Sand Painting at Columbus Circle,” HyperAllergic BLOG, June 8, 2012
2011 John Doyle, “A ‘fine time’ for city park performers,” New York Daily News, December 3
Lisa Foderaro, “City cracking down on performers in Washington Square,” The New York Times, NY/Region Section, December 5, pg. A20
Jacob E. Osterhout & Amanda P. Sidman, “Best Street Performers, New York Daily News, July 3 pg. 5
Trevor Kapp, "...Joe Mangrum whips up magic on sidewalks..," New York Daily News, June 6 pg. 16
Martha Stewart, “Raising Money for Japan at EN Japanese Brasserie,” Martha StewartBlog, March 30, 2011 (Image 5 of 40) 2010
Laurel Pinson "Jen Kao: Zombie Brides and a Runway Made of Sand," NBC Thread
Lauren David Peden, “Fashion Shows:Spring/Summer 2011:Jen Kao,” Vogue.UK,

September 9 (Images no credit).

Bianca Posterli, “Jen Kao Likes Walks on the Beach,”, September 9

David Goldman,"The Week in Pictures," New York Times, July 23 (Image 9 of 12/Caption)

Claire Cain Miller & Nick Bilton,“ Cellphone Payments Alternative to Cash,” The New

York Times, April 28 (online) April 29, B1
Je.erson Siegel, photographer, “A Salute to Union Square,” The Villager, Volume 79,

Number 49, May 12 - 18 (Image/Caption)

Nov 2nd Mollie Kirk “Shifting Sands Make Beautiful Art at AS”

Micki Steele, “Ancient Art Form Hits the Pavement Anew,” Columbia News Service,

February 26
Ilya Marritz, Street Vendors Pivot From Cash to Plastic, WNYC News, May 28

Craig Warga, photographer, “Drawing on the City’s Inspiration,” New York Daily News,

February 4, pg. 20 (Image/Caption)
Briannon Gillis, “New York’s Finest Take to the Streets,” Washington Square News, Vol. 37,
Issue 63, February 9, pg. 4

2009 "Portraits," Viral Video, Repertorium Films, Leandro Sanchez, Director "My Year in 30 Seconds," CNN I Report, December 18
"New York Street Artist Extraordinaire," CNN I Report, Sept 19 Joe Mangrum, PAINTING NEW YORK...WITH SAND, Compilation Book of 40 Sand Paintings
Marilynn K. Yee, "Lens: Sight/Site," New York Times, September 30 (Image/Caption
pg.A25) David Ferris, “Day 358: Obama in a New Light,” A Year in New York: A Daily Bite of the Big Apple, June 23 (Blog)
Sadhbh Walshe, “Chrysalis Stage @ Ch’i Contemporary, Williamsburg,” Sadhbh Walshe
Online, June 26 (Blog)
2008 John Del Signore, “All Points West Saturday: More Radiohead, More Crowded,”, August 10Brian Dubé, “Conflux,” New York Daily, September 15 (blog) photo here
Christopher Sanchez, ““...Mile High Fest. hits a high note on its first take,” July 20 (Note: Joe Mangrum was mis-named as “Jason Mangrum”)
2007 Randy Rosenberg, curator, ART IN ACTION, Natural World Museum, pgs. 64-65
2006 "Playing With Technology," 10 minute segment, SPARK!, PBS-KQED
"Playing with Technology: Joe Mangrum," Sparked Educator Guide, PBS - KQED
R.C. Baker, "Best Of Village Voice: Joe Mangrum," Village Voice, April 4

Rebecca Migdal, "Share A Moment," Go Brooklyn, April 15

Featured Article, Bioneers conference annual report

2005 Interview with Greg Scharpen, KLAX Radio
Tom Palmer, ed., ART OF NORTHERN CALIFORNIA, Alcove books, pgs. 162-163
Alan Bamberger, “San Francisco Art Gallery Openings First Thursday,”,

November 3

Michael Leaverton, “Night & Day,” SF Weekly, November 2 - 8, pg. 22 (Online version: “This

Week’s Day by Day Picks)

"The Trend," San Francisco Magazine, November, pg. 88 (Image/Caption)
Alan Bamberger, "San Francisco Gallery Openings,", June 1

"The Trend," San Francisco Magazine, November, pg. 88 (Image/Caption)
Jane Ganahl, "The Granite Lady sure knows how to host a ball," San Francisco Chronicle,

April 14

Paul Liberatore, “Not an SUV crowd,” Marin Independent Journal, Saturday October 15, pg. A1 (Image/Caption)
2004 Guy Denning, “A funny thing happened on the way to the Tate,”,January 2004 (Image with Joe Mangrum and Deborah Mangrum-Price)
2003 Interview at Florence Biennale, Sky TV Europe, aired on SKY TV, Dec 22-25
Annalee Newitz, “Hot Spot,” San Francisco Bay Guardian, July 16, pg. 53
Meredith Tromble, “The Wednesday night preview party must have been a doozy..,”, June 27th
Aruna Vasudevan, et al, “Pro/Con: Arts and Culture” Brown Reference Group, Grolier, 2003 pgs. 10-15
Jou Jou, “Lilt” CD cover, released, 2003
Shades Magazine 2002
Pollen Media, Forest issue #3, May (Image/Caption)
2001 Michael Wells, "Does Our Art Really Matter?" San Francisco Art Magazine, November
1998 Jakub Moser, photographer,“Pistahan Festival, Filipino Pride is order of day,”San Francisco Examiner, August 16 pg. D10 (Image/Caption)
D.K., "A Transporting Mandala," Art Week, May pg. 27
Steve Rubenstein, “Sculptor Tears Down Car For Art,” San Francisco Chronicle, March 26, pg. A22 Col.1 (note: this article was incorrect in regards to a “trade” with the city for parking tickets) Chuck Shepherd, “News of the Weird: Great Art!,”We’re LIving in Funny Times, September
pg. 21
Chuck Shepherd, “At the edge of Credulity: American Ingenuity At Work,” The Washington
Post (Syndicated from San Francisco Chronicle) March 26
Chuck Shepherd, “Year of the Weird 1998: American Ingenuity,” year 99, issue 7 ibid syndicated News of the Weird in Universal Press Syndicate/was syndicated in various columns.
Judy Malloy, Editor, Artswire, “Parking Tickets Inspire Temporary Installation, San Franciso Chronicle, March 31, 1998 (Mentions that arts commission was unaware of parking tickets) APRIL 3, 1998.
Mad Dog Mildon, “New Barking Lot, San Francisco Pays Outstanding Parking Tickets,, 1998
1996 Marilu Knode, AN EMBARRASSMENT OF RICHES, Catalog, Huntington Beach Art Center
Suvan Greer, "An Embarrassment of Riches..," Artweek, November pg. 23
Doree Dunlap, “Art: The Golden Land, In the name of progress,” Orange County Weekly, March 8 - 14, pg. 22
1995 Leslie Earnest, "Finding a Stepping Stone for His Art," L.A. Times - Orange County, December 14 pg B2
Mark Conley, “Artist arrested: Student center gallery artist arrested on campus, Golden
Gater (San Francisco State University), October 3, pg. 1
Marc DeSaussure, “Letter to the Editor,” Golden Gater Vol. 58 Issue 9, October 17 Romesa McDaniels and Josh Finney, “Big bash for center’s 20th,” Golden Gater Vol. 58 Issue 5, September 19 pg. 1
Andrew Horan, “Laguna won’t tolerate park art,” The Orange County Register, November
18, 1994 pg. Metro 4
Leslie Earnest, "Creating a Stir..," L.A. Times - Orange County, November 17 pg. B1
1986 Anon., “Focus On..,”SPAN Magazine, US Information Agency, New Dehli, May pg. 40


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