Using money in a very artistic way.
The North American artist Mark Wagner, brings us a very interesting artwork, by using money to create collages that show us his vision of art. A Brooklyn based artist, he has been referred to as “the greatest living collage artist”. The artist is proficient in things like writing and drawing but he is surely is better known for his amazing assembled currency collages, using real one dollar bills as primary material.
The artist performs amazing collages using blades and glue as his tools; he manages to conjure different landscapes and events of historical relevance, representing how capitalism took over our vision of the world and stopping us from seen anything else, tales of the U.S. founding fathers and stories that takes from mythology. He also manifests ideas about culture, economic situations and political dealings that are affecting the current society. From his artist statement:
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.
Wagner’s work shows great amounts of meticulous planning and deep thought, certainly he manages to achieve what a true designer must aim for, the communication of many different ideas in a single image.