Sunday, January 18, 2009

Currency Commentary -- the Art of Mark Wagner

I stumbled upon the work of Brooklyn based artist Mark Wagner this afternoon. He makes these wonderful Currency Collages.

Wagner takes the everyday -- in this case the dollar bill -- and makes art. The pieces are really quite beautiful. He is represented by the Pavel Zoubok Gallery in Brooklyn. I found his artist statement on their website:

The one dollar bill is the most ubiquitous piece of paper in America. Collage asks the question: what might be done to make it something else? It is a ripe material: intaglio printed on sturdy linen stock, covered in decorative filigree, and steeped in symbolism and concept. Blade and glue transform it-reproducing the effects of tapestries, paints, engravings, mosaics, and computers-striving for something bizarre, beautiful, or unbelievable... the foreign in the familiar.

On his website, Smoke in My Dreams click on the thumbnail and you find larger images 'd suspect. His work both fun and decent commentary on the world we live in.

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