Phil Wagner | Artist
Phil Wagner’s practice incorporates both assemblage and sculpture, informed also by his many years of traditional painting. Though his works are presented in frames or mounted on the wall, they have three-dimensional elements that extend or protrude. To create his pieces, Wagner typically collects debris, then repurposes and rearranges it to create his compositions. A list of unconventional past materials includes: drywall, raw canvas, broken Formica furniture, cans of soda, the Yellow Pages, American Apparel ads, and photographs. The pieces frequently appear to have elements that are askew or off-kilter, and are in fact the result of careful formal compositional choices. Wagner cites Marcel Duchamp, Robert Rauschenberg, and Joseph Beuys as his major influences.