The Money Paintings
by Andrei Costache
Ever since the beginning of civilisation money was an instrument of exchange and comparing values. The word "money" is believed to originate from a temple of Juno, on Capitoline, one of Rome's seven hills. In the ancient world Juno was often associated with money. The temple of Juno Moneta at Rome was the place where the mint of Ancient Rome was located1. The name "Juno" may derive from the Etruscan goddess Uni (which means "the one", "unique", "unit", "union", "united") and "Moneta" either from the Latin word "monere" (remind, warn, or instruct) or the Greek word "moneres" (alone, unique).2
In contemporary days money expresses wealth and power. It is also the unique maker of society trends. The Money Paintings cycle with the idea of floral capitalism and blooming youth. Made of flashy coins on canvas. The background is white and fuses the coins with the colour of romance. I am a voyeur into the intricacies of art, attacking its bare rules. Money shows a vague relaxation towards the law in general. These works come to play during a period of momentous changes in the post-internet era. Money and power are vexing the art market with constant fluctuations. Young artists are being sky rocketed by dealers and galleries. The auctions make the most money ever.
We are all gambling over the internet. The Money Paintings shine a light in the neon club. We are the new owners of these tokens. Everything is for the taken. A visual blanket thinking Damien Hirst's spot paintings, literally working, using money to make art. Flabbergasting. Money on canvas like a Mondrian or a Van Gogh of the digital age that flows fast looking like fractals on a shiny screen. The colour of money that never fades, never lies. The Money Paintings like a new currency in the sky.
1 D'Eprio, Peter & Pinkowish, Mary Desmond (1998). What Are the Seven Wonders of the World? First Anchor Books, p.192.
2 Wikipedia, Money