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.
“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… – Joe Mangrum
Spontaneous Sand Paintings by Joe Mangrum: