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Money, the impoverished visuals

To earn it, clocks are punched and shirts are pressed.

Piotr Uklanski

PIOTRUKLAŃSKI$.jpgFew jobs are secure. You may do your able best, but you’re still going to be fired. Then you’ll hole up by yourself and think it’s your fault. (Via I’m Revolting )

lonleydollarbill.jpg Even when artists make money, they don’t make money. SuttonBeresCuller (Distribution of Wealth, 2009
100 uncirculated one-dollar bills cut to portray the percentages received by the artists and their dealer
46 x 11 x 6 inches )

suttonberescullerdollars.jpg Of course there are exceptions, although most of the exceptions are dead. Andy Warhol‘s 1962 silk-screen painting 200 One Dollar Bills sold for $43.7 million at Sotheby’s in 2009. (Image via New York Times)

andywarholdollarbills.jpg Tight as money is, collective action can make a difference. Mel Chin (Funded Dollar Bill)

melchinfundeddollar.jpg Inside a mess, there is always an opportunity. In 2007, Jack Daws instituted a penny upgrade, fabricating ten in gold. The
one he slipped into general circulation and never expected to see again
popped up two years later. (COUNTERFEIT PENNY, 2007
18-karat gold, copper plated, Edition of 10). (Stories here and here.)

jackdawscounterfeit.jpgFinding a gold penny is once-in-a-lifetime discovery, and the one in our lifetimes has already been found. Back to out regular programming, where the rich get richer and everybody else gets the joker – Anonymous, in circulation.


Eight years of George Bush and his cronies pushed us over the cliff. Now, the same people who put us there want to be sure we don’t climb back. Maybe we should all light a sparkler and sing softly to ourselves, from sea to shining sea, to remind us of what’s at stake.

Robin Williams



  1. Allow me to put my own 200 cents in…
    (2 interleaved dollar bills and packing tape)

  2. Hi Regina!
    Here is a better link for my 200 cents comment.
    Often even I can’t find my own shit.
    NYC, eh? Why not compose some posts and schedule them for later publication?
    Anyhoo, happy travels and don’t miss Cecil B Demillis screening his newest Sublime Frequencies contribution in NYC. Always a treat…

  3. Great post. I love when artists screw with currency to get their point across. What other tiny portraits do all of us carry around in our pockets all the time? You can’t miss with defacing currency, it’s so iconic and seems to go against all we work and stand for as Americans.
    A One Club gold winning ad campaign this year about the pathetic devaluation of the currency in Zimbabwe printed it’s posters and billboards directly on country’s actual bills- pointing out that printing on the currency is actually cheaper than printing on normal poster paper. Really impressive.

  4. Regina,
    I forgot to mention this other add which folded different bills to give them alternate meaning (much like the shirt at the top of this post. Abe Lincoln on the five dollar bill is wearing a turban and so on. Is this advertising imitating art, or is it art masquerading as advertising?

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