Thursday, March 28, 2013

Papercraft: Currency Collages

By carefully slicing up dollar bills and rearranging them into beautiful scenes of George Washington as an everyday man, Mark Wagner makes powerful statements about a culture dominated by money and greed. Wagner, founder of the Booklyn Artists Alliance, uses every detail of the dollar bill- from the pyramids, fire, flowers, seals and Masonic eye to the portrait of our founding father George Washington and the encrypted swirls.
"Money is a human invention and subject to human redefinition. It is sometimes an overwhelming and illusive thing to consider … this often makes money seem oppressive. If anything, I’d like my art to help diffuse some of this tension about money. See … its not such a bully … you can cut it up and make pictures out of it if you want."

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