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Friday, 26 April 2019 to Sunday, 28 April 2019

A cultural son of San Francisco, artist Joe Mangrum now lives in New York but spent

over 15 years in S.F. creating ephemeral installations and public art. In an exciting new

direction, Mangrum will be showing permanent paintings for sale in sand, acrylic and

oils in a meta feedback loop of paintings of photographs of temporary sand paintings.

Highlights since working in New York have included ephemeral sand paintings at MAD

Museum, over a 1000 sand paintings in public spaces and multiple commissions in NYC

and abroad. He continues to create permanent sand paintings, oil and acrylic of

exploding colors and biomorphic “creatures.” Mangrum’s work combines a rich library of

cultural patterns combined with nature, science and technology.

A graduate of The School of the Art Institute Chicago, Mangrum’s work has been

featured in The Museum of Art and Design, Asia Society, and Flag Art Foundation in

New York, MOCA in North Miami, de Young Museum residency in San Francisco, Doe

Museum in The Netherlands and The Sunshine Museum in Beijing.

"Joe Mangrum has a rare and remarkable talent - he can arrange anything anywhere

- indoors, outdoors, animate, inanimate, large, small, rock, scissors, paper, plastic,

plaster, powder, dirt, dust, doorknobs, pennies, bones, bottles, batteries, liquids, solids

- anything - makes no difference. If all of us could do what Joe Mangrum does, the

world would be an unimaginably fantastic and glorious place."

-Alan Bamberger artbusiness.com

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Joe Mangrum’s sand paintings and multi-material installations explore issues of the urban grid, environmentalism and its effects on the collective psyche. Mangrum has developed a unique visual language tying together cultural patterns with those found in nature, science and technology to create living breathing forms that entangle their surroundings. He has created a series of over a thousand intricate sand paintings in public and private spaces as well as a body of permanent sand paintings on canvas and carved wood. His work is inspired by ancient traditions and synced with a rhythm of urban free-style animation, combined with bright “Pop Art” colors. His paintings are influenced by an abundant world of undersea creatures, botanicals and geometric forms of cross-cultural metaphors, representing a living mathematical amalgam. His technique with sand employs a graffiti like parallel of close to the ground sharp lines to a wide “spray” from higher up of diffused effects in alternating layers. Mangrum is based in New York City and has traveled with his work internationally.

He kicked off 2018 with a commission by Prabal Gurung for the Spring Fashion Week runway in New York. His work  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. 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, San Francisco, at the Ashé Cultural Center, New Orleans and The Red Gate Gallery,  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, Prabal Gurung, Jen Kao and many others. In addition, he has received commissions from the City of San Francisco, including a permanent public artwork on the sidewalk of the Mission District. Other commissions include Coachella Music and Arts and other festivals. He has created a series of sand paintings in Miami during Art Fairs at Project Miami, Multitudes Gallery and Miami Art Space.

Mangrum grew up Florissant, Missouri and later earned his degree in Fine Arts at The School of the Art Institute of Chicago. Working primarily as a painter, Mangrum embarked on years of travel inspired by natural wonders and indigenous sites of North America. He continued to travel internationally, making his own connections to cultural patterns. During this time, he began using plants and flowers that he collected to make ephemeral artworks. In 1995, he made San Francisco his home until 2008 and expanded his ephemeral works to include auto parts, technology and varieties of found and fabricated artifacts, presenting his first solo installation at San Francisco State University. His large scale installations continue in such manifestations inspired by mushroom clouds, pyramid shapes and the Ouroboros.

Mangrum has also worked with educational programs, given artist’s presentations and panel discussions at School of Visual Arts, Adelphi University and SUNY Geneseo. 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. His work has been displayed in various publications including Antennae Journal in the UK. He has been featured on CNN, The New York Times, New York Daily News, LA Times, Artbusiness.com, Yahoo News and numerous blogs. In 2017 Joe  was featured  by the Emmy nominated online series Humans of New York (HONY). His sand covered hands share the cover of HONY’s NY times best seller by the same name.


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Hotel del Sol

3100 Webster Street Room 201

San Francisco, CA 94123

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