Stuart L. Wagner

Cloth, aluminum, ribbon, plastic

Tissues, cardboard tissue box
18" x 15" x 18"

Pork rinds, wood, hot glue
20" x 12" x 18"
Private Collection


Stuart Wagner, a native of Connecticut, has lived in the Bay Area for all but six years since 1964. He served in the Marine Corps after high school and completed his undergraduate work at The University of Connecticut and his graduate studies at Stanford. His Ph.D. dissertation research took him to Bogota, Columbia where he lived for a year. Stuart taught Latin American history at the University of Minnesota for five years. He returned to the Bay Area in 1974 to begin an electronics business, which he administered until 1989, when he retired. Stuart became an art student in 1992. He considers himself primarily a 3 dimensional artist who works with a wide variety of materials from steel to digital images.

Group Shows

Democracy for America, Sausalito, CA: The Art of Politics

  Belvedere-Tiburon Library, Tiburon, CA: knowl.EDGE
  Sausalito Arts Commission, Sausalito, CA: Ro Sham Bo-Rock Paper Scissors
  600 Townsend, San Francisco, CA: Pacific Rim Sculpture Group, Strange Days

San Francisco Bay Model Gallery, Sausalito, CA: Fiber Dimensions

Falkirk Cultural Center, San Rafael, CA: Falkirk 2005 Annual Juried Exhibition of Marin Artists
  Artisans Gallery, Mill Valley, CA: Small Works

Sanchez Art Center, Pacifica, CA, fiber/Dimensions at Pacifica

  Falkirk Cultural Center, San Rafael, CA: Bags and Baggage
  Herbst International Exhibition Hall at the Presidio of San Francisco:
  fiber/Dimensions: Intersections II
  Marin Society of Artists, Ross, CA: Third Dimension

Artisans Gallery, Mill Valley, CA: Artisans 2003 National Juried Exhibition

  Marin Society of Artists, Ross, CA: Open Sculpture & Crafts of Craft
  ten78 Gallery, Chico, CA: Naked Phoenix Rising
2002 Sight & Insight Gallery, Mill Valley, CA: Phoenix Rising
  The Museum of Art and History, Santa Cruz: Refuse/Reuse/Redux
  Herbst Pavilion at the Presidio of San Francisco: fiberDimensions: Intersections
Society of Artists, Ross: Open Sculpture & Crafts
Downtown Art Works, San Rafael: The Fine Art of Craft
Sight & Insight Gallery, Mill Valley: The Rhythm of Change: Artists Responding to an Evolving World

If I could draw, I'd be a cartoonist. Instead, I use more dimensional materials. I enjoy exploring and as a result I am equally comfortable working with fiber, steel, ceramics, wood, precious materials, Recycled materials and both conventional and digital photography.

I am essentially a 3-D artist; even my photography often has a third dimension. I emphasize the real over the abstract and usually work in life size or larger. My art is conceptual in that I construct visual representations of thoughts, memories and ideas. These, in turn, derive added meaning from the materials and construction techniques I use. My work is rarely personal in the sense of being introspective, but it is subjective, nearly always evincing a strong point of view. In rare fits of sanctimony I occasionally sally forth in a quixotic delusion to point a spear at some imagined or real injustice. During these times -- when I realize that I've crossed the line from art to therapy -- I hurry back to satire. Actually, humor and irony underlie the vast majority of my work. If my art simply makes someone smile -- even if they do not go deeper into the underlying motives for creating the piece -- I feel that I have accomplished my purpose. As I said, if I could draw I'd be a cartoonist.


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