Joe Mangrum

Bio




Joe Mangrum’s sand paintings are spontaneous creations in the streets and act as vibrant catalyst in social interactions. First picking up colored sand as a medium in 2006, Joe utilizes the medium as a 4 dimensional painting, moving through time and transporting the public sphere into a live stage.

Mangrum’s  work has been exhibited worldwide. Creating over 650 public sand paintings since 2009. In 2012 he has been featured in  “Swept Away” at the Museum of Arts and Design in NYC, The Flag Art Foundation’s “Watch Your Step” exhibit and at The Corcoran Gallery Rotunda in Washington DC.  In 2003 Joe was awarded the Lorenzo de Medici Award at the Florence Biennale for his piece titled “Fragile” as it relates to economic structures. He has held residencies at the de Young Museum of San Francisco 2007 and Red Gate Gallery in Beijing 2008 where he was featured in the inaugural exhibit of the Sunshine Museum of Beijing. Mangrum’s sand paintings have been commissioned by private collectors, The Asia Society, Jen Kao for Fashion Week He has received commissions from the City of San Francisco 1998 & 2000 as well as Coachella 2001, 2003 and numerous other festivals. He is an active supporter of environmental causes and has contributed efforts for Love For Japan, Riverkeeper Alliance, Natural World Museum, World Environment Day and Copenhagen 15 among many others. His work has been featured on “Sesame Street” in 2012 as well as the PBS program “Spark” on KQED in San Francisco 2006.  He has also worked with educational programs at the de Young Museum in San Francisco, 2007 and the United Nations International School, 2009.

 

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 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 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. It is no accident that they mostly follow a circular form, though I do not describe them as mandalas. This would limit the multiple facets of inspiration from all over the world within the confines of an eastern terminology. My art is about interconnectivity and co-existence within the natural order of life, challenging politically, the existing order beliefs, in a run-away and materialistic global paradigm.
 
 

b. 1969 Florissant, MO

 

174 West 4th Street #121

New York, NY

(917) 348-4474

http://www.joemangrum.com

joemangrum@joemangrum.com

 
 
education:

(BFA) The School of the Art Institute of Chicago

 

awards

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 Southern Illinois University at Edwardsville, IL

1986 Portraits of India, Asia Society, New York, NY

residencies

2008 Red Gate Gallery, Beijing, China

2007de Young Museum, San Francisco, CA

public spaces

2012 “Swept Away” Circling the Museum, outdoor project Museum of Arts and Design, New York, NY

“Sand Series” 70 ephemeral paintings created in public spaces of New York, NY

2011 “Sand Series” San Cristobal de las Casas, Mexico

“Sand Series” 145 ephemeral paintings created in public spaces of New York, NY

2010 “Sand Series” 168 ephemeral paintings created in public spaces of New York, NY

2009 “CO2 Cube” Copenhagen 15, Copenhagen, Denmark

“Sand Series” 49 ephemeral paintings created in public spaces of New York, NY

2002 Muni Bus Stop 22nd @ Mission St., Funded by San Francisco Arts Commission, CA

1998 “Trans-mission”  Temporary Project, Funded by San Francisco Arts Commission, CA

1997 “Virus series” San Francisco, CA

1996 “Echoes of Corrective Surgery” Laguna Beach, CA

1995 “Creation, Capitalism and Corrective Surgery” Laguna Beach, CA

solo

2012 “Swept Away Projects” Museum of Arts and Design @ SOFA expo Park Ave Armory, New York, NY

2009 “Current Trends Indicate” Chi Contemporary (now Causey Contemporary) Fine Art, Brooklyn, NY

2006 “Impressions” Chi Contemporary (now Causey Contemporary) Fine Art, Brooklyn, NY

2005 “Urbis Ouroboros” Urbis Artium (now 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

group 

2012 “Swept Away” Museum of Arts and Design, New York, NY

“Watch Your Step” Flag Art Foundation, New York, NY

Corcoran Gallery Rotunda, Washington DC

2011 “After Dark” ExplorAtorium, San Francisco, CA

2010 “Diwali Celebration” Asia Society, New York, NY

“Wide Open” Brooklyn Waterfront Artists Coalition, juried show, Brooklyn, NY

2009 Oasis Gallery, Beijing, China

2008 Sunshine Museum, Beijing, China

Viridian Artists juried show, Curated By Elisabeth Sussman, Whitney Museum, New York, NY

“Elements” Chi Contemporary (now Causey Contemporary) Fine Art , Brooklyn, NY

“Expand-Reflect-Exist” All Points West Festival, Jersey City, NJ

Mile High Music Festival, Denver, CO

Bridge Art Fair, New York, NY

Bridge Art Fair, Miami, FL

BAM Annual Silent Auction, Brooklyn, NY

Conflux Festival, New York, NY

Chi Contemporary (now Causey Contemporary) Fine Art, Brooklyn, NY

2007   “Conflux Festival” Brooklyn, NY

“Artopolis” Chicago, IL

“Liminality” Exploratorium, San Francisco, CA

“Dustfish Massive” Oakland, CA

2006 Chi Contemporary (now Causey Contemporary) Fine Art,  Brooklyn, NY

SFMOMA Artists Gallery, Fort Mason, San Francisco, CA

2005 Photo Art Fair, New York, NY

Affordable Art Fair, New York, NY

“Diversitas” Bioneers Conference, San Rafael, CA

Supper Club, San Francisco, CA

Das Fruitcake, Sonoma, CA

” Summer Heat” Chi Contemporary (now Causey Contemporary) Fine Art,  Brooklyn, NY

Black Rock Arts Foundation, Art Carnival, San Francisco, CA

“Bayennale” Oakland, CA

“Real” San Mateo, CA

 “Detonation Earth” Red Ink Studios, San Francisco, CA

Mind States Conference, San Francisco, CA

 “Spiritus Mundi” Lola Gallery, San Francisco, CA

 “DustFish” NIMBY-Space, Oakland, CA

2004 “Participate” Monkey Fresh Studios, San Francisco, CA

“Pinhole” Monkeyfresh Studios, San Francisco, CA

“Ignite” Cellspace, San Francisco, CA

“Participate” Monkeyfresh Studios, San Francisco, CA

2003 “Fragile” Biennale Internazionale Dell’ Arte Contemporanea, Florence, Italy

“Grazie” 111 Minna Gallery, San Francisco, CA

Burning Man Festival, Black Rock Desert, NV

“Doctrine” Lola Gallery, San Francisco, CA

“Ignite” Cellspace, San Francisco, CA

“Breathless” 608 Folsom, San Francisco, CA

The Lab, San Francisco, CA

Varnish Gallery, San Francisco, CA

“Infuse with Flora” Coachella Music Festival, Indio, CA

2002 9/11 memorial Justin Herman Plaza, San Francisco, CA

“Arte” Lord Huckleberry @ Facility 3, San Francisco, CA

“Forest” Pollenmedia @ Facility 3, San Francisco, CA

“East><West Art from The Other Side” @ Facility 3, San Francisco, CA

“Superhero’s New Year’s” Bill Graham Civic Auditorium, San Francisco, CA

“Powers That Be” Coachella Arts Festival, Indio, CA

“Polli-Nation 4″ SOL Festival Griffith Park, Los Angeles, CA

Pistahan Festival, Yerba Buena Gardens, San Francisco, CA

Earthdance Festival, Santa Rosa, CA

Fusion Festival, Angels Camp, CA

Art-Span Open Studios, San Francisco, CA

2000 Polli-Nation 3, Yerba Buena Gardens, San Francisco, CA

Pistahan Festival, Yerba Buena Gardens, San Francisco, CA

“Empire” Cellspace, San Francisco, CA

1999 Polli-Nation 2, Kaiser Convention Center, Oakland, CA.

Pistahan Festival, Yerba Buena Gardens, San Francisco, CA

“Element of Temporary” Four Walls, San Francisco, CA

1998 Polli-Nation , Yerba Buena Gardens, San Francisco, CA

1997 California College of Arts, San Francisco, CA

“City” Cats Alley, San Francisco, CA

“Festival on the Hill” Randall Museum, San Francisco, CA

“Spring” 111 Minna Street Gallery, San Francisco, CA

1996 “Embarrassment of the Riches” Curated by Marilu Knode,  Huntington Beach Art Center, CA

“Pick Up” Capp Street Project, San Francisco, CA

“Festival of First Fruits” Golden Gate Park, San Francisco, CA

“Gallery Invitational” Daniel Arvizu Gallery, Santa Ana, CA

“Alternative Landscapes” Peter Blake Gallery, Laguna Beach, CA

1995 “10,000 Plus” SAIC Alumni Traveling Exhibition

1991 “4x & 2y” Chicago, IL

“1st Anniversary  Show” Space Gallery, Chicago, IL

“One Liner Show” Gallery F IV, Chicago, IL

“Two Artists” Space Gallery, Chicago, IL

1990 “Special” Mars Gallery, Chicago, IL

 

broadcast

2012 Sesame Street “Word on the Street” Portrait of Murray and Ovejita, segment, air date TBD

Sesame Street “Word on the Street” Stupendous, episode and podcast http://bit.ly/sesame_murray

2010 Sand Runway, Jen Kao, Fashion Week New York, NY, Mac & Milk Sept 9th

NBC Thread NY: Jen Kao: Zombie Brides and a Runway Made of Sand

CNN “Getting Creative in Today’s Job Market” July 23rd I-Report

“Portraits” Viral Video by Repertorium Films, Leandro Sanchez, Director

“My Year in 30 Seconds” CNN I Report

Fox News “Sandman Cometh” with Shep November 30th

CNN “Street Artist, Joe Mangrum” Oct 26th I-Report

CNN New York Street Artist Extraordinaire Sept 19th I-Report

2006 “Playing With Technology” KQED channel 9 SPARK!

2005 KALX Radio interview with Greg Scharpen

CindyCenter Podcast interview by Chris Shields

2003 Sky TV Europe interview at Florence Biennale aired on SKY TV Dec 22-25

publications

2012 “Why It’s So Hard to Transfer Cash to Your Friends” New York Times  Feb 24th

2011 “Best Street Performers” NY Daily News  July 3rd

“Love for Japan” Martha Stewart Blog  March 30th

2010 Vogue.com Sand Runway September 9th

Modelinia.com Sand Runway September 9th

New York Times Week in Pictures July 23rd

“Cellphone payments offer alternative to cash” New York Times  April 28th

New York Daily News February 3rd

NYU News February 9th

2009 “Painting New York …with Sand” 40 pages autobiography

New York Times,September 29th pg. A 26

http://ayearinnewyork.com/day-358-obama-in-a-new-light

http://sadhbhwalshe.wordpress.com/category/sadhbh-walshe-reviews/

2008 http://gothamist.com/ All Points West,livepage.apple.com Saturday August 10th

http://newyorkdailyphoto.blogspot.com/2008_09_01_archive.html

http://www.denverpost.com/news/ci_9935938

2007 “Art In Action” pg 64-65 by Natural World Museum curator Randy Rosenberg

2006 Best in Show, Village Voice, NY April 11th

Go Brooklyn review of “Impressions” @ Chi by Rebecca Migdal Volume 29/15

Bioneers Conference Annual Report, featured article

2005 Artbusiness.com review, November 3rd

 SF Weekly, November 2-9th 8 days a week

San Francisco Magazine, November issue

SPARK program on KQED Channel 9 San Francisco, CA

“The Granite Lady sure knows how to host a ball (gowns very optional)” San Francisco Chronicle April14th

“Breathless” Review in Stretcher.org  June 27th

“Does Art Matter?” The Brown reference Group

“Art of Northern California” Alcove Books

Cover art for music group Jou Jou

Shades Magazine

2002 Pollen Magazine Forest issue #3

2001 http://www.sfartmagazine.com November issue

http://www.pollenmedia.com

1998 “A Transporting Mandala” Artweek, May  pg.27

News of the Weird

1996 Artweek, November Vol. 27 #11 pg. 23

O.C. Weekly, Volume 1 #26 March 8-14th,  pg.22

LA. Times, October 14th, Section F pg. 2

Coast Magazine, October 17th, pg. 24

1995 L.A. Times, December 14th, Orange County Section, pg. 2

Golden Gater SFSU, October 3rd, Volume 58, Issue 9, pg. 1

Golden Gator SFSU, September 19th, Volume 58, Issue 5, pg. 6

1994 L.A. Times November 17th, Orange County Section, pg. 1

Orange County Register, November 18th, Metro Section, pg. 4

“Restaurant Design Three” Feature on Border Grille – St. Louis

1986 SPAN Magazine

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