Crystal Wagner’s Paper Installations Are Meant to Be Experienced

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Crystal Wagner’s paper sculptures utilize space in a unique way, sprawling across walls and ceilings, and twisting and turning as if they were some sort of alien life form. Her artwork and installations include both 2D and 3D forms. “Installation work is just drawing in space,” Wagner explained in an interview with Juxtapoz. “For me, it is important that I am comfortable with my visual vocabulary.”

“Every ink drawing I do helps me understand how I organize marks, situate shapes, and is an extension of the way I see,” she says. “The only difference I feel when I am working on large installations is that instead of alluding to space, I get to utilize it. Which to me… is awesome!”

Exhibited extensively in the US and abroad, her work requires alternative use of materials, hybrid approaches to printmaking, and massive site-specific installations. “Each installation and each drawing is a different conversation I am having,” Wagner says. “The gesture is the introduction, the first impression, and everything else tumbles out.”

Her unique approach to paper art has also caught the attention of brands and musicians. Notable commissions include a large-scale installation for the band The Flaming Lips; a large-scale installation piece for NIKE; and two installations for Viacom, one of which is a 117 ft piece at their headquarters in Times Square.

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