Counterfeit

Money is an icon, a myth, a metaphor, a collectible, a talisman, a commodity, a means to an end, and much more. Money is ubiquitous, yet we never seem to have enough. In our American Dream, it is a common object of desire and we care greatly about its worth, yet we rarely reflect on its true value.

This work is from a series titled Counterfeit in which I selected key artwork by famous artists, such as Fountain, by Marcel Duchamp, Three Flags, by Jasper Johns and Andy Warhol's Marilyn, and re-made them out of sewn US currency. I started making artwork out of money because as an artist, educator, and part-time art appraiser, I am often asked to assign an economic value to my artwork or others work. By remaking “signature” artworks by 20th century masters, I’m hoping to broaden the discourse about art in general to include discussion of its social, historic and aesthetic values.

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Peelavie, 2000
Peelavie, 2000

Sewn US currency 11" x 17" x 20" (after Marcel Duchamp's Fountain. 1917)

All the Way to the Bank, 2003
All the Way to the Bank, 2003

sewn US currency 21 3/4" x 17 7/8" (after Picasso's Weeping Woman, 1937)

Loving It, 2005
Loving It, 2005

sewn US currency 20 x 20 inches (after Robert Indiana's Love, 2000)

Bullseye With Four Johns, 2004
Bullseye With Four Johns, 2004

sewn US currency, wood, ground money dust, plaster. 29.75" x 26" x 3.75" (after Jasper John's Target With Four Faces, 1955)

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Shopping Spree, 2002
Shopping Spree, 2002

sewn US currency 36" x 36" (after Barbara Kruger's Untitled [I shop therefore I am])

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Image 6
Cash Gift, 2000
Cash Gift, 2000

sewn US currency, alumimum, tacks, velcro 7" x 4" x 6" (after Man Ray's Gift, 1919)

Gelt Suit v.2, 2004
Gelt Suit v.2, 2004

60" x 34" Sewn US currency (after Joseph Beuy's Felt Suit, 1970)

All You Need, 2002
All You Need, 2002

sewn US currency, polyester filling, 12" x 12" x 6" (after Robert Indiana’s LOVE 1966)

Down the Toilet, 2000
Down the Toilet, 2000

sewn US currency, wood, metal, velcro 33" x 20" x 25" (after Claus Oldenburg's Soft Toilet, 1966)

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Action, 2001
Action, 2001

sewn US currency 31" x 39" (after Franz Kline's Two Horizontals, 1954)

Tasty, 2002
Tasty, 2002

sewn US currency 11" x 10" (after Jenny Holzer's Truisms: Money Creates Taste, 1979 - 1983)

"Can't get no", 2003
"Can't get no", 2003

sewn US currency 48.75 x 34.75 inches (after Andy Warhol's Mick Jagger, 1971)

Portrait of Tom, 2004
Portrait of Tom, 2004

US currency and candy 175 pounds, dimensions variable (after Felix Gonzales-Torres's untitled portrait of Ross, 1991)

For a Song, 2000
For a Song, 2000

sewn US currency 38 x 48.5 inches (after Robert Motherwell's Elegy for the Spanish Repubic 1958)

Desire, 2002
Desire, 2002

sewn US currency 8 x 11 inches (after Jenny Holzer's Truisms:Protect Me From What I Want, 1979-83)

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Oppenheim.jpg
Ryman.jpg
02 The Big O low res wenn.jpg
BeldnerRabbit.jpg
Zip It1.jpg
Beldner.Trickle.Down.jpg
Beldner.Trickle.Down.CU.jpg
Beldner.Bands.Four.Colors.Hi.Res.jpg
OBEY.jpg
3MoreFlags.jpg
capital.flight.jpg
DaliCommission.jpg
green.green.jpg
Loving_It.jpg
OBJ10002_front.jpg
36SquaresCash.jpg
How_Mao.jpg
Peelavie, 2000
All the Way to the Bank, 2003
Loving It, 2005
Bullseye With Four Johns, 2004
rb_071912.jpg
Shopping Spree, 2002
Image 6
Cash Gift, 2000
Gelt Suit v.2, 2004
All You Need, 2002
Down the Toilet, 2000
Lichtenstein_melody.jpg
Action, 2001
Tasty, 2002
"Can't get no", 2003
Portrait of Tom, 2004
For a Song, 2000
Desire, 2002
EPluribusUnum.jpg
Oppenheim.jpg
Ryman.jpg
02 The Big O low res wenn.jpg
BeldnerRabbit.jpg
Zip It1.jpg
Beldner.Trickle.Down.jpg
Beldner.Trickle.Down.CU.jpg
Beldner.Bands.Four.Colors.Hi.Res.jpg
OBEY.jpg
3MoreFlags.jpg
capital.flight.jpg
DaliCommission.jpg
green.green.jpg
Loving_It.jpg
OBJ10002_front.jpg
36SquaresCash.jpg
Peelavie, 2000

Sewn US currency 11" x 17" x 20" (after Marcel Duchamp's Fountain. 1917)

All the Way to the Bank, 2003

sewn US currency 21 3/4" x 17 7/8" (after Picasso's Weeping Woman, 1937)

Loving It, 2005

sewn US currency 20 x 20 inches (after Robert Indiana's Love, 2000)

Bullseye With Four Johns, 2004

sewn US currency, wood, ground money dust, plaster. 29.75" x 26" x 3.75" (after Jasper John's Target With Four Faces, 1955)

Shopping Spree, 2002

sewn US currency 36" x 36" (after Barbara Kruger's Untitled [I shop therefore I am])

Image 6
Cash Gift, 2000

sewn US currency, alumimum, tacks, velcro 7" x 4" x 6" (after Man Ray's Gift, 1919)

Gelt Suit v.2, 2004

60" x 34" Sewn US currency (after Joseph Beuy's Felt Suit, 1970)

All You Need, 2002

sewn US currency, polyester filling, 12" x 12" x 6" (after Robert Indiana’s LOVE 1966)

Down the Toilet, 2000

sewn US currency, wood, metal, velcro 33" x 20" x 25" (after Claus Oldenburg's Soft Toilet, 1966)

Action, 2001

sewn US currency 31" x 39" (after Franz Kline's Two Horizontals, 1954)

Tasty, 2002

sewn US currency 11" x 10" (after Jenny Holzer's Truisms: Money Creates Taste, 1979 - 1983)

"Can't get no", 2003

sewn US currency 48.75 x 34.75 inches (after Andy Warhol's Mick Jagger, 1971)

Portrait of Tom, 2004

US currency and candy 175 pounds, dimensions variable (after Felix Gonzales-Torres's untitled portrait of Ross, 1991)

For a Song, 2000

sewn US currency 38 x 48.5 inches (after Robert Motherwell's Elegy for the Spanish Repubic 1958)

Desire, 2002

sewn US currency 8 x 11 inches (after Jenny Holzer's Truisms:Protect Me From What I Want, 1979-83)

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