When I started trying to promote my own artwork online I kept coming across other people's art that amazed or compelled me in one way or another. This blog has been a way for me to practice thinking and writing about art, as well as learning more about my peers and all the incredible art that is being made out there.

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Monday, March 14, 2011

Jeremy Mangan

"Rorschach"  acrylic on panel  18" x 36"  2010
"Hotel & Bar"  18" x 20"  acrylic on panel  2010
"Evening Sky"  12" x 18"  acrylic on panel  2009
"Moon Lantern (End of the Beginning)"  9" x 12"  acrylic on panel   2010
"Western King"  16" x 20"  acrylic on panel  2010
Jeremy Mangan's imagery begins with the barns and grain silos of the American west. These tin-roofed white clapboard buildings form a starting point from which he riffs, ad-libs, re-invents and fantasizes with obsessive zeal. It's a fun ride to look through the last few years of his work and see all this transformation taking place. When, in real life, you see one of those enormously tall house-like structures rising up out of the plain along a lonely stretch of rail line, it's not unnatural to wonder at the ant-like business of human beings. Mr. Mangan's work takes this notion and kicks it around the block a bit, playing up not only the hubris of mankind's endeavors but also the sheer wonder and strangeness of it all. His paintings are full of wit and invention with a fine long view of our peculiar impact on the landscape. To see much much more got to www.jeremymangan.com

PS on the trivia side of things, I think it's interesting to note that the artist has supported himself as an ice-sculptor in New York City. How that may tie into his painting imagery I'll leave to you to ponder. There are ice sculptures to view on his website including one of a Hummer, which I think is kind of hysterical.

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