Stunning Sand Paintings by Joe Mangrum

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Joe Mangrum Sand Art

Joe Mangrum Sand Art

Using nothing but colored sand, his bare hands, and much patience, New York artist Joe Mangrum creates beautifully vibrant large “paintings” that are here today, gone tomorrow. Mangrum is drawn to the ephemeral nature of sand and how he can make an aesthetically pleasing work that is enjoyed by many people throughout a day and swept up in the end. For those in New York, Mangrum will be at the SOFA Art Expo this weekend.

Story Eyed Media did a great, short video profile of Mangrum, where you can see how he creates his pieces:

Joe Mangrum Sand Painting

6 thoughts on “Stunning Sand Paintings by Joe Mangrum

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  2. Story Eyed Media » Make Online Magazine says:

    […] Written by cedric. Posted in Filmmaking, videos Make Magazine published our video about sand painting in their article “Stunning Sand Paintings by Joe Mangrum“. […]

  3. Sand Paintings by Joe Mangrum Agonistica says:

    […] 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. (via Makezine) […]

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