Message in the Money by Dan Tague
Dan Tague is a multi-media artist whose work has been exhibited internationally. Dan is well-known for his dollar bill series that are a hybrid of sculpture, photography and political statements.
The Cash America series represents another chapter on this continuing series of US currency portraits. Emphasizing the message and architecture of these common American engravings led him to a more classic approach to these photographs. The new achromatic folded money pieces offer a heightened poetic feel invigorated with a new drama and urgency.
The messages remain inspired by current politics, popular music lyrics, and commonplace slogans, but rendering the images in this theatrical black and white style offer a certain heft to the tone of the messages. The balance of dramatic lighting and a focus on the architectural elements of shape and form have created a nuanced dialogue with the messages anchored in the light of US monetary systems.