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Dan Tague

Artist Statement Submitted 2014

The appeal and power of money are the issues at the core of this photographic series of folded dollar bills. The folds are precise and calculated in order to convey messages amidst the appeal of the resulting collage of familiar engravings. In a capitalist society cash rules everything. Society teaches us that you can buy love, happiness, and status through possessions. You can even right wrongs by taking away a bit of someone’s happiness through fines and lawsuits. Politicians buy votes through claims of lowering taxes, in other words letting us hold on to a little more of status... upper, lower, upper-lower class. Income tax, sales tax, and property tax all fund the war on terror, war on drugs, war on poverty, war on morality, etc. In the world of privatized freedom the Almighty dollar reigns supreme.

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