Assemblage Artist Dan Levin’s work was inspired by a chance encounter in 2013 with a vintage deck of worn playing
cards. “I’ve always been fascinated by the history of playing cards,” he says. “A few years ago I was trying to
incorporate a deck of vintage cards into a sculpture that I was fabricating. I stared at the deck for a while and for
some inexplicable reason, began cutting cards, literally. On the first few decks I cut through to the faces of the King or Queen. But after turning the deck over and working with the various patterns on each deck, I cut through to the heart of
the deck… the Ace of Hearts… 300+ decks later and I’m still obsessed with card cutting.
For more information, visit danlevin.com.
Originally published in the Winter 2019 issue of Santa Barbara Seasons Magazine.