Boston-based multimedia artist Mister Never, née Gregory Burdett, often creates works that incorporate his tag name. Mister Never presents Take The Money And Run / Rubber Stacks for “Making Dollars”, in which he has redesigned the US hundred dollar bill into a version that utilizes his name and signature iconography of cartoon hearts, clouds, and tears.
These bills were created as a response to the controversial practice of fractional reserve banking. An earlier version was originally featured in a large scale installation entitled “In Never We Trust” at Artspace in New Haven, CT in June 2010, which is pictured above.
Carlin Wing is an artist and educator based in Brooklyn, NY. She received her MFA from CalArts in 2008 and is currently a doctoral candidate in the Department of Media, Culture, and Communication at New York University. She has been a visiting faculty member in the art departments of Harvard, Vanderbilt, and Watkins College of Art and Design. While teaching at Harvard, she also organized “Bizarre Animals,” the one-night art takeover at the Harvard Museum of Natural History, and put up a solo show, Ceilings Where I Sleep: May 2005-May 2010, at Anthony Greaney.
Wing is also a former professional squash player, and has documented this little-known sport over the last few years with a series entitled Hitting Walls. For “Making Dollars”, Wing will exhibit her Glass Court photographs, including a large-scale photograph and a number of deteriorated webgrabs—images that Wing pulled from the internet and scaled so that the size of the court in each image is approximately the size of a regulation squash ball. In these photographs, the courts bear the names and logos of the financial companies sponsoring the matches, and they are also situated in front of political and cultural powerhouses, such as the Field Museum in Chicago, Symphony Hall in Boston, the Great Pyramids in Egypt, and London’s Tower Bridge.
The video above is an excerpt from her 2008 video Building Observations, which documents the construction of a glass court in New York’s Grand Central Terminal for the Bear Stearns Tournament of Champions. The event was held in January 2008, while Bear Stearns filed for bankruptcy in March of that year and was soon absorbed by JP Morgan. The 2009 event became the JP Morgan Tournament of Champions.
Pictured above is a detail of a work in progress by Jamie Horgan, which is one of four works he will exhibit in “Making Dollars”. Horgan is a multidisciplinary artist based in Boston. His work often takes months or years to complete, which is the case with this yet-untitled piece. Stacks of seemingly endless bills will encompass this large-scale drawing, conjuring up memories of Scrooge McDuck’s vault up-close and cityscapes when viewed at a distance.
pictured above: studio view, Williamsburg, Brooklyn.
Originally from Los Gatos, California, Alexandra Emmons is painter currently based in Brooklyn, NY. She received her BFA at Boston University. For “Making Dollars”, Emmons is presenting a series of new portraits based on found photographs of industrialists, financiers, and anonymous men in suits.
More of her paintings can be found here
While Emmons works mainly with watercolors and charcoal, she also occasionally works with video and costuming. In this series of videos, her friends and family don hobo clown makeup and clothing for screen tests. These “sad clowns” relate to a very specific time and place for Emmons. Having just moved to New York City on the eve of the recession in 2007, she recalls that her and her friends’ struggles to hold down jobs, apartments, etc., conjured up the tragic cliche and absurdity of Great Depression era hobo clowns.
Nick Rodrigues, Business-Card-Shooter, 2008
Nick Rodrigues is a multi-disciplinary artist currently based in Los Angeles, CA. Kinetic sculptures and documentation of performances from his Human Interaction series will be on view in “Making Dollars”—all of which involve new ideas in power networking and self-marketing.
More information on the artist and his work can be found here: http://www.nickrodrigues.com/
Inspired by the mission of the Cambridge Innovation Center as an incubator for emerging companies, “Making Dollars” explores the entrepreneurial spirit that artists and startups share. The exhibition pairs artists responding to contemporary business practices through quiet, personal works with those who are using their practices to influence or subvert systems of exchange. Many of the works in this show examine the commodification of art and of the artists themselves, while other works comment on greater economic realities of today. A consideration of how values are defined and negotiated is underscored in “Making Dollars”, while a sense of humor and inherent playfulness links this group of artists together in a multimedia presentation that includes painting, sculpture, photography, and video.
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