Dan Tague’s Live Free or Die

Dan Tague‘s recent body of work reminds me of a brief period in my undergrad when I had an interest in the power and aesthetics of currency. While I tried to duplicate the look of Canadian bills with paint, Dan uses American bills to spell out phrases such as “Reality Sucks” or “Don’t Tread on Me”. Dan’s project statement suggests that “The cost of war has created an internal war on our economy, where the generals are CEOs and the tanks are toxic assets. […] It is not coincidence that our money mimics military camouflage as illustrated in this new body of work.”