Joe Mangrum

My work is based in cultural patterns from around the world, combined with shapes in nature, science and technology that define a mixed visual language as expressed spontaneously through my hands.

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 New York City. Forms are executed 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 inspired by years of travel. Visually, I combine elements from contemporary art, culture and technology to find the common ground from which to communicate our collective interdependence.

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