Classic Art Collage with Dollar Bill
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Time-lapse video of artist Mark Wagner making the currency collage “American Neo-Classic” out of U. S. one dollar bills. Wagner has been referred to as “the Michael Jordan of glue” and “the greatest living collage artist” by colleagues.
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.
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