My Santa Barbara: Dan Levin’s Lonely Hearts / Hand Cut Playing Card Decks 

Posted on Jan 31 by SEASONS Magazine

Detail shot of Dan Levin's Lonely Hearts Hand Cut Playing Card Decks. Courtesy photo.

Detail shot of Dan Levin’s Lonely Hearts Hand Cut Playing Card Decks. Courtesy photo.

Dan Levin's Lonely Hearts Hand Cut Playing Card Decks. Courtesy photos.

Dan Levin’s Lonely Hearts Hand Cut Playing Card Decks. Courtesy photos.

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.

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