The Plutocrat

Walnut, honey locust, Chinese chestnut

2012, John Magnan

Invisible In Waiting

  Seventy percent of those living below the poverty line have jobs. Working around us every day, they bus tables, clean buildings, stock shelves and work the registers in stores across the country. Always there, and often invisible, they are the working poor, trying to make a living on low, part time wages, without benefits.

Recycled water bottles & sawdust

2012, John Magnan

Catch Me If You Can

In 2012 I lived in a city where fishing is a major element of the economy. Some of those involved in the business buy and sell huge quantities of fish, and drive very nice cars to work. Others, over in the packing plants, process the fish. Many of them walk to work, or at best ride in on a bicycle. Both derive income from the fish, but lead very different life styles. The thought of the same situation played out in many businesses led me to wonder whether the life-style of the one will ever catch up with the other.

Walnut, ash, bicycle tire tracks

2012, John Magnan

Horatio’s Boots

Nineteenth century author Horatio Alger, Jr., made famous the “rags to riches” genre. Alger’s popularized the notion that the American Dream could be achieved through hard work alone. The phrase, “pulling yourself up by the bootstraps,” lives on today as legacy to that ideal. Is it true?

Plywood, mirrors, boots

2012, John Magnan

Coming Apart

Can we breach the wall that separates classes? Can we understand those in an economic situation different from our own?

White oak

2012, John Magnan

Brain Drain

Many people fortunate enough to get a good education leave their cities to seek frontiers offering them economic opportunities they can’t find at home.


2012, John Magnan



2012, John Magnan

For Aesthetic Value Only
(For Those Living The Dream)

Walnut, purple heart, hickory

2012, John Magnan

Stigma Alert!

We too easily make assumptions about people who are in a different socio-economic class.

Purple heart, ash

2012, John Magnan

Supply Side Economics

Purple heart, maple

2012, John Magnan

Digital Divide


2012, John Magnan


The carved words read, "Occupation," "Income," "Education," "Wealth," "Class," and "Destiny."

White Oak

2012, John Magnan

Visually Diverse

Mixed Media

Superb Craftsmanship

Powerful Content

Important Social Issue


Visually Stimulating

Draws Viewers In

Rich In Content

In the photo above, I am addressing a group of art and art appreciation students.

Strangers in Class has been exhibited at:
Gadsden State Community College, Gadsden, Alabama,
The Narrows Center for the Arts, Fall River, Massachusetts,
The University of Connecticut, Storrs, Connecticut,
and The Cooperstown Art Association, Cooperstown, NY

Opening Reception, Gadsden State Community College, Gadsden, Alabama.