Tuesday, January 17, 2012
Meanwhile, artist Mark Wagner (top image) has been busy using money to express fraught relationships with said medium, albeit in a more playful and highly imaginative manner. His currency collages, meticulously assembled from tiny pieces of cut-up dollar bills, are sumptuous to look at; so thoroughly decontextualized are the finely engraved details of the dollar bill that they can be appreciated entirely anew. Although much of Wagner’s work makes only oblique reference to the current economic climate, many of his recent collages are more direct, featuring words and phrases such as TRUST and GAMING THE SYSTEM emblazoned across exquisitely rendered and surprisingly varied backgrounds composed of those iconic numbers and delicate green and grey flourishes. Ironically, Wagner’s cautionary collages make us want to beg, steal, or worse in order to be able to own one for ourselves. by Hennessey Youngman on YouTube Occupy George website “Taking the protest to the money” article on Occupy George at Hyperallergic Artist Mark Wagner’s website Mark Wagner’s gallery, Pavel Zoubok Wagner’s work featured on Inhabitat “Celebration” quarters mark a fresh direction for the Royal Mint, article at Macleans.ca By Ministry of Artistic Affairs member Shani Parsons on her excellent blog Typologica.