Mark Wagner uses $1 bills to mess with your head. The mister pointed me in the direction of his oeuvres last night and I haven’t turned back. His works are sometimes overtly and sometimes subtly challenging, but always technically impeccable and visually stunning.
Of his work Wagner says ‘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.‘
Can you say ‘gestalt’?