Our relationship with money changes from day to day. One day we love it, the next we hate it – but do we ever really pay attention to it? When was the last time you inspected the detailed art work on the money that we begrudgingly hand over to a shop for a pair of hot shoes? Keeping these questions in mind, Yosuka’s moneygami forces us to take note of our bank notes.
Each piece of currency itself is a work of art, a tributary portrait of a great – or not so great – leader. Yosuka creates a sense of equality amongst all of the famous igures, by folding a sense of humor into money. With a flick of a crisp edge, Che Guevara is turned into a cowboy. Saddam Hussein sports a soda jerk style hat, and Chairman Mao is given a Navy cap. Abraham Lincoln seems to be a favorite, appearing in sideways ball caps, du rags, turbans, sombreros and even as a ninja.
In these economically stressful times, Yosuka’s moneygami puts a smile on our faces again when dealing with money. And hey, we can always unfold one of his portraits should we need that extra cash for subway fare!