Paper Currency as Art Material
"It's basically the single most popular piece of paper on the planet." That aspect of paper currency is what fascinates collage artist Mark Wagner, who uses cut up pieces of bills to assemble his "currency portraits", depictions of flora, and high-concept compositions. Mercedes-Benz's The Avant/Garde Diaries profiles Wagner in this short mini-documentary about his work and thesis. We get to see time-lapses of his painstaking process, as well as the produciton and inventory of his materials--little storage drawers labelled with the components he extracts from a dollar bill, such as leaves, light lines, light chunks, and heads.