Wednesday, 14 January 2015

Christopher Wilde (C.K WILDE )

Christopher (or C.K.) Wilde is a collagist who creates with currency. Wilde painstakingly cuts various shapes out of paper money from around the world to form collages with economic and political undertones and overlays.
Using countless fragments of world currencies C.K. WILDE creates collages that speak to the myriad ways in which money intersects with culture, politics and society. Wilde’s colorful narrative images employ currency as both a formal investigation and visual critique of money’s capacity for divisiveness and destruction. He draws upon sources as varied as American agriculture, weapons of mass destruction, fables and fairytales, the political imagery of Francisco Goya and Diego Rivera and the illusory concept of “Money for Nothing.” In intricately wrought collages Wilde points to the forces that separate us, simultaneously evoking our present state of global unrest.

 The relationship between art and commerce is another theme that cannot be avoided when an artist cuts and pastes with money. Wilde bases a lot of his works on found images that he develops into his own compositions, which he will lay down on museum board before skillfully applying his umpteen bits of currency so that they abut in order to keep to the ideal of an even surface. The resulting puzzle is then sealed with wax. A tidy alternative to keeping it under the mattress. (source)

 All images  Copyrighted by Christopher C.K. Wilde