We've Heard Of Art As Currency, But What About Currency As Art?

My Money, My Currency by Hanna von Goeler

"My currency work originated in California, while I was studying at UC Davis. I was very interested in camouflage at the time. This interest led me to create my first paintings on dollar bills, between 1992-94, in which I camouflaged/painted images onto and into bills. A death in the family led me to the east coast, and faced with the costs of living in New York City on an artist’s budget, I continued to paint on money."

Below are the works from her My Currency series:

The artist's site

"Even today, with the global financial crisis at hand and with political and cultural currencies vying for power, my currency series continues to engage me and feel relevant. This set of work (the 11 pieces shown below) is not a one-time statement about some aspect of money, but a continued exploration of money, currency and agency in my life. It’s a great privilege and joy to show a selection of this work in California, where the seeds for this project were nourished”
-- hanna von goeler

The following 11 pieces are each for sale at the HANG art gallery in San Francisco.

Purchase her currency works at HANG here.

A bit about the artist:

Hanna von Goeler is primarily a conceptual and project based artist, who also explores her interests in smaller works and sketches. She received a BFA from the Rhode Island School of Design and her MFA from the University of California, Davis. She completed additional post graduate study at the Jan van Eyck Academy in the Netherlands, a program which selects 25 participants annually from around the globe.

Hanna von Goeler’s ongoing currency project was selected by Robert Storr (former curator at the Museum of Modern Art, NYC and curator of the 2007 Venice Biennale) to be shown at Exit Art in New York City. Part of this series was also featured in the British publication “Another Magazine” as part of a special project highlighting Amercian artists. Five hundred pieces selected from her currency series will be shown as part of an upcoming solo show at the Hunterdon Museum of Art. In January of 2009, a solo exhibition in the Project Room at Sloan Fine Art in New York City, will feature a new installation.

You can add yourself to her mailing list here.


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Nice idea!

Armpit Studios said...

She must be a little, no, very much insane. Most of that is horrible and ugly, like something found in an elementary school trash can or behind a homeless shelter.

SARAHSPY said...

insane for sure, but i find some of these quite stunning :)

Anonymous said...

This is probably the best thing ive ever seen money used for !

Truly inspirational .

GREAT job!

josephbolstad said...

Armpit, why don't you stay out of this and go back to making your computer-generated 3D pictures of women in various states of undress being attacked by monsters? (Anyone who's curious, check out his site. Lots of cheaply-rendered images of anatomically incorrect vulva.)

I like the series of bill paintings here which isolate the neoclassical flourishes in fields of white, because essentially we're looking at what was always there.

Armpit Studios said...

Lots of vulva? What are you smoking? Don't blame the artist for the inaccuracies or lack of detail in the 3D models or rendering software. And yes, I would much rather look at famous Universal monsters and other classic sci-fi creatures than poorly painted/defaced currency.

Anonymous said...

Its illegal to deface US currency.

ernie said...

armpit studios, what would painted on dollar bills be doing in those places? young school children and the homeless, both, are pretty keen to things like money.

Willie said...

I found a few of the bills to be quite awesome. Art is an expression of the self, to say whether or not art is good or bad is matter of opinion.

And the last statement about it being illegal, fuck it, there is more important things to worry about than some bills with paint on them.

Armpit Studios said...

Ernie, I was speaking of the art and/or talent, not the fact that they are currency.

Anonymous said...

I like it, despite what armpit sez.

It's cool because A) it's pretty illegal and B) It plays on the fact that money is actually art.

Anonymous said...

Very Nice. I draw on my money too. I don't know what to do with it now.




Anonymous said...

i hope you are not from california or any us state anymore, because the treasury department could come after you for defacing their currency. it is illegal to do what you are doing even if for art purposes.

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nice collection

Jessica said...

It's great! Congratulations!!!!!

Jessica said...

It's great! Congratulations!!!!!

C'mon people, it's only a dollar.