In combining movement with stillness, Mark Van Wagner’s artworks reference and combine various geometric-architectonic components, anthropomorphic characteristics, signage, and various investigations of the inner and outer landscape.
Over the years, he has collected natural and pigmented sands from around the world, incorporating this substance into his layered-relief paintings and sculptures. In the exploration of applying mixed-media/assemblage into his artwork, he has recognized sand to be the most literal medium to capture material decomposition - its essence defining impermanence related to time, place and gross matter. Thick and thin spontaneous-gestural applications of glue adhesives and primers are sprinkled with innumerable sand particles and flotsam that simultaneously mimic a pointilist-pixelationist approach. The reassembling of sand back into a concrete substance onto his canvases and cardboard boxes playfully reminds us of life’s cycles.
Pictured above is the artist's studio - Bellport, Long Island