I make sand paintings live in public space, I've translated those spontaneous designs into different products for you to have something tangible to wear.
Joe Mangrum’s work explores issues of the urban grid, environmentalism and its effects on the collective psyche. He is an installation artist and painter who uses multiple mediums. Since 2009, he has created a series of over 800 spontaneous, ephemeral and intricate sand paintings in public and private spaces, primarily in New York City. His work now includes permanent sand paintings which have emerged from his ephemeral sand painting compositions. He has travelled in the U.S. and internationally for his work. Joe studied at the School of the Art Institute in Chicago.
Joe was featured at the Museum of Arts and Design in New York as part of the “Swept Away” exhibit where he created a mammoth sand painting over two days around the entire building. He was also commissioned by the museum to work on a live sand painting in the second floor gallery during the exhibit. In addition, he was included in The Flag Art Foundation’s “Watch Your Step” exhibit and installed at The Corcoran Gallery Rotunda in Washington D.C. Joe has held residencies at the de Young Museum in San Francisco, The Red Gate Gallery in Beijing, where he was featured in the inaugural exhibit of the Sunshine Museum and at the Ashé Cultural Center in New Orleans in partnership with Visual Artists Network. He was a recipient of the Lorenzo de Medici Award at the Florence Biennale, in New Media, 2003. Joe’s sand paintings have been commissioned by The Asia Society, Jen Kao for Fashion Week and private collectors. In 2014, Joe traveled to Sharjah UAE to participate in the Sharjah Calligraphy Biennial, near Dubai.
His sculptural installations have been included at the Coachella Music and Arts Festival, Electric Daisy Carnival and All Points West. He has installed 2 solo shows at Chi Contemporary in Brooklyn; Urbis Artium in San Francisco, Ca; Arvizu Gallery in Santa Ana, Ca. and San Francisco State University. He was featured at SOFA Art Fair representing “Swept Away Projects” for the Museum of Arts and Design in 2012. Joe has received commissions from the City of San Francisco, including a permanent installation for two Muni bus stops. He recently created a sand painting at MOCA Miami during Art Basel Week, 2014, as well as previous works which were shown in Miami during the 2012 Art Fairs at Project Miami, Multitudes Gallery and Miami Art Space.
Joe has also worked with educational programs such as The United Nations International School, The de Young Museum of San Francisco, Adelphi University, SUNY Geneseo, Eleanor Roosevelt High School NYC 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 programs “Spark” on KQED and WTTW “Chicago Tonight.” Joe has been featured on CNN and in The New York Times, New York Daily News, LA Times, Artbusiness.com, Yahoo News and numerous blogs including This is Colossal and Laughing Squid.
Joe Mangrum is currently creating a series of permanent sand paintings on carpets and carved wood panels. Additionally, he is working on 3D versions of his compositions with applied technology in multiple materials which will reflect animated creatures based on his sand painting compositions. He is developing ways in which technology and hands-on techniques work in tandem in the best of both worlds. He lives in New York City.
Joe likes to have fun spending his days creating in the sandbox of New York City. He uses colored sand poured directly from his hands to create each design. It is then photographed and made into graphic representation on a variety of products.
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I chose Redbubble as a partner because they use sweatshop free and ethically sourced materials. By handing over the manufacturing and retail end of production, I can focus on the creative side and let my imagination be expressed.
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