Characterized by their rough-hewn figures, a playful, gestural style, and experimental glazing, Mangus’s forms teem with life and energy. “I do a lot of drawings,” Mangus wrote, “both on paper and clay. This work is about recording a gesture; putting down a mark…” It is this experimental nature, expression of urgency and untapped stream of creation that unites Mangus’s work across style and medium.
Delighting in finding beauty in the most unlikely of forms, Mangus’s work reveals itself as beautiful through familiarity and consideration. As curator Rose Bouthillier describes, “Mangus sought to re-negotiate concepts of beauty and mastery, proposing an unguarded, impassioned way of thinking, making, living, and loving.”
The subject of numerous solo exhibitions including a major career retrospective, Things Love, at MOCA Cleveland in 2014, Mangus’s work has been widely exhibited both nationally and internationally since the mid-1970s. He has also been included in numerous group exhibitions, including Carnegie Museum of Art, Pittsburgh; Akron Museum of Art; Cleveland Museum of Art; Seattle Art Museum; Seoul National Museum of Contemporary Art; Gummeson Gallery, Stockholm; and the Finnish Craft Museum, Helsinki.
Mangus’s work is housed in a number of national and international collections, including Amsterdam Municipal Collection, Cleveland Museum of Art, Cranbrook Art Museum, Sandy Besser Collection at DeYoung Museum, National Museum of Contemporary Art, Seoul, Newark Museum of Art; and the Northern Clay Center, Minneapolis.
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