Jan Yager, American, born 1951
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For more than a decade, Jan Yager has been scavenging the streets, making art from the depressing debris of civilization and the resilient seeds of nature. American Breastplate reflects the artist's ten-year-long meditation on these materials and on American history. This work is part of the "City Flotsam" series, which is built from crack vials, crack vial caps, cigarette butts, bullet casings, and other unsettling objects testifying to urban dissipation.