ART AS A FEDERAL CRIME: ARTISTS WHO DRAW ON THE U.S.
Last week we wrote about graffiti outsider that return graffiti rebellious spirit, not obeying the unwritten laws of street art. Today, when the drawings on the walls became an accepted part of modern culture, street artists are looking for new ways to express myself, more innovative, provocative and dangerous.
Municipal administrations called graffiti destructive occupation and complain expensive painting over his work. According to them, their actions graffiti steal money from the pockets of taxpayers. Artists responded to the accusations with dignity: now they draw right on the money.
Drawings on the currency at a glance seem harmless entertainment, but in many countries it is a serious crime. In the U.S., defacing currency is punishable by a fine or imprisonment for up to six months, and the modification of bills, which increases their cost, and does considered a federal crime for which could be imprisoned for up to 15 years. But for ordinary vandalism (ie graffiti) can never give more than seven years.
The question is whether the artist to turn his drawing-dollar bill into a work of art, which will cost more than the canvas. U.S. Treasury bills straight from the tin 26 million daily, so Americans have plenty of space for creativity and training. And while some pririsovyvayut George Washington mustache and glasses, while others use the money to promote their ideas and political beliefs.
Author of the blog Fuck Yeah, Write on Money! , draws on U.S. urges all readers to follow his example. Through drawing he allegedly clears bill from its original meaning, it ceases to symbolize the strength or the ability to purchase a product. As planned, those who fall into the hands painted with bill realize that money – it’s just paper, and stop to put it on the top of his pyramid of values.
Money Graffiti site , in addition to the rich collection of painted bills, makes graffiti on currency profitable occupation. Authors resource launched into circulation 54 marked bills of different denominations and promise to reward everyone into whose hands they will fall by the amount ten times the original price. The contest is designed to get Americans to look closely at their money, because the notes on “winning” the bills are not too noticeable.
American artist Hannah Geller won denominations dedicated transformed art project “My currency, my appeal” . Drawing on the bills, Hannah explores not only their material value, but also the role of currency as a means of communication. According to the artist, the meaning is to exchange currency – not only the exchange of bills for goods and services, but also the exchange of ideas. In addition, altering money, their owner has an opportunity to define their own function instead of being controlled by money.