Crystal Wagner

Tropic is a recent installation by Crystal Wagner. Installed at Bowling Green State University while she was a visiting artist, Wagner enlisted the help of BG students to print, cut and set-up the work over the course of five twelve-hour days. She arrived in Ohio with some rough sketches, a color scheme, and a few plates. The rest happened on site as an improvisational, work-crazed response to the space. The final installation is a mash-up of cut paper and mylar utilizing various print processes pinned to the wall.

In both color and form, Wagner seems to be working in the lineage of artists like Judy Pfaff and Jessica Stockholder while carving out her own niche as an artist working in print. The piece features biomorphic forms referencing plant life and through dense accumulation, they generate a terrarium-like scene. Especially when arranged in a display cases, you can almost imagine the piece in a Natural History Museum set in a Wes Anderson film. A simulation of the natural world that’s both familiar and foreign.

Process pics after the jump as well as two images of hot-off-the-press two-dimensional printworks.

Crystal Wagner, Crinoid, Intaglio & Relief on Mylar, 30″x22″, 2011.

Crystal Wagner, Orchidaceous, Intaglio & Relief on Mylar, 30″x22″, 2011.

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8 Responses to “Crystal Wagner”

  1. Dusty Herbig says:

    Very cool!

  2. Kathy Boyle says:

    love your work, so much detail

  3. Sharon says:

    Awesome creation. Love your work and all that you do 🙂

  4. Ian Welch says:

    Proud to say I helped print and install all of this!

  5. Bill Fisher says:

    Gorgeous…can’t wait till you tear up our print shop!

  6. Mark Wagner says:

    Dad here. I love Crystals work and always have. I do wish she would do some more drawings and sculpture. She has other talets. Love U Dad

  7. Daisy Stanley says:

    I can’t wait to see this work in New Orleans. So inspiring for this printmaker. What a joy to see cutting edge work.

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