While the economic climate fluxuates and money is on everyone’s mind it’s impossible to not notice the use of currency as the medium of artwork amongst today’s young artists.
During the opening of ArtHAUS at DegreeArt’s Execution Room last week, some of the most controversial pieces were the the creations of artists Nicola Anthony & Mixed Media winner Michal Ohana Cole. Their intricate use of money caused many reactions in spectators throughout the evening. Some were baffled by the use of currency and some where engaged by the creativity that it portrayed.
Michal Ohana Cole & Nicola Anthony’s work in ArtHAUS
“Many people view the use of money as a medium for art as defacing currency; however, think about the average artist who spends hundreds of pounds on their paints and canvas… these two artists are simply using money as their medium, money that would have been spent on the art anways.”
– Ryan Lanji, Gallery Manager
We took a couple of minutes to talk with Nicola Anthony and Michal to see what they thought about their choice in medium:
WHY HAVE YOU CHOSEN TO USE MONEY AS YOUR MEDIUM:
Srjdan Loncar, ‘Value’, Installation View
For The Love Of God , 2007, Diamond Encrusted Skull, Damien Hirst
$100,000 Covered Walls, Hans Peter-Feldmann