“As of last year, artist James Charles has been engrossed in an interesting new project; small in scale…but large in depth. He began drawing on dollar bills, for the sake of his own amusement; crudely altering the presidents’ faces to become monsters, celebrities, etc. After accidentally spending a few of his early pieces, James decided to stop carrying them in his wallet, and started putting them inside of a magazine for safe-keeping. The magazine folder eventually became a large scrapbook, showcasing bills of all denominations. He found ink and materials to match perfectly what the U.S. Mint uses on the bank notes, and began to experiment with ways to alter the font and script along the bottom of the bills. It became the perfect way for James to inject an additional layer of wit.
“Altering currency in this way also poses questions regarding the true value of paper bills, something made with seemingly insignificant materials – that somehow fuels our country’s evershifting economy, and ultimately impacts living conditions around the globe. James has put a wrench in the recirculation process by claiming his role as an artist, and declaring these specific bills are not currency, but art objects.”
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In the past we reviewed Chinese Money folding, Money Origami and pretty similar to this, Lady Gaga on a dollar bill, but nothing as detailed as these humorous and amazing manipulation of dollar bills by James Charles. From Star Wars to Jimi Hendrix via politicians or pop icons, James Charles did them all! Currently exhibiting at Shooting Gallery in San Fransisco, they are still couple of them for sale, averaging around $70. Very worth it for these beautiful pieces of modern art.