Jim Mangan used to be the guy behind Park City’s awesome parks and pipes. Now he’s an awesome photographer. He’s having a recption and opening of his new show, Color’d, in LA next Thursday. It’s going to rule! Check it out.
Country Club | Los Angeles is pleased to present Color’d, an exhibition of photographs by Jim Mangan.
One bright summer morning, seven young men and women drive away from the billboards and the traffic jams, the neon chatter and the constant digital stimulation of their lives. After walking deep into the mountains, they abandon their clothing, along with the labels that have hung heavily around their necks: “promising student,” “stoner fuck-up,” “favorite son,” “vulnerable daughter.” Liberated from the limits that have defined them, they proceed to paint each other from head to toe in richly pigmented bear fat, further obscuring their former selves and setting the stage for the ultimate experience of freedom and resurrection.
The second photographic project in artist Jim Mangan’s trilogy about rebirth, Color’d presents a very contemporary answer to a theme that is as old as the mountains and as universal as sunshine. Shot in saturated instant film and grainy 35 mm film, Color’d is set among the high alpine lakes of northern Utah’s Uinta Mountains and depicts a journey of stepping outside the increasingly narrow confines of modern America to literally paint anew one’s identity.
“For me, Color’d represents a journey where there exists no boundaries, an escape from everyday society into a world where anything seems possible,” says Mangan. “But really, it can be anything you’d like it to be.” As the naked, painted young men and women explore lakes, meadows and mountainsides, Mangan’s lens captures the unfolding-and at times uncomfortable-sense of renewal they experience in this landscape of utter possibility. Uncomfortable, because the paint has also inked over their very identities, until all that remains are blank-if bright-canvases on which they are free to redefine themselves.
Color’d is a follow-up to Mangan’s 2010 project, Winter’s Children, which was a celebration of the pure, naked joy that burns at the heart of snowboarding. First exhibited at Milk Gallery in New York, photographs from Winter’s Children were initially published in the June 2010 issue of Vice magazine before being released in a book published by powerHouse books. The Winter’s Children book is included in the Artist’s Books at MoMA and the MCA Chicago, and is on exhibit from September 1, 2011 – November 1, 2011 at Kunsthalle Athena, Athens, Greece.
Color’d is being published by Dashwood Books, which has recently released books by Ryan McGinley, Ari Marcopoulos and Sam Falls. The book will be available from Dashwood Books in Manhattan, Colette in Paris, in Stussy’s flagship stores worldwide and online. Color’d was first published in the 2011 Vice Photo Issue as both the cover and featured photo essay.
Jim Mangan was born and raised in La Grange, IL. He lived in the mountains of Colorado and Utah for 16 years before moving to Los Angeles in 2010. He left Los Angeles in 2011 and is currently living a nomadic lifestyle while working on his series of fine art photography and short film projects. He will call New York, NY his home beginning November 2011.