Video: Scott Campbell's Non-Poor Yorick: The Dollar Cutting Technique
2023 Author: Richard Flannagan | [email protected]. Last modified: 2023-05-24 13:10
You may remember Scott Campbell's dollar prints. The love of this author for money (primarily as a material for work) only intensifies and grows stronger over the years. Proof of this is the new exhibition of the dollar carver "Noblesse Oblige" (literally - "Origin obliges"), which opened the other day in Los Angeles.
Scott Campbell is best known as a tattoo artist - hence the numerous skulls in his sculptures, made using laser carving techniques. The motive “memento mori” (“remember that you will die”) is not new in art. The wording, known since the days of Ancient Rome, was remembered by the artists of the Baroque era. This is how a special subspecies of still life appeared, in the center of which the skull was invariably placed. The genre received the remarkable name vanitas (translated from Latin - "vanity"): they say, everything is vanity in the face of death.
Since then, the powerful gloomy symbol - the skull - has taken root in art. Wherever he appeared - and now he found himself on banknotes. And bumped into their green flesh, too. From this work in the laser cutting technique was saturated with additional irony: money, which is so important to each of us, and a skull from the vanitas genre, which unequivocally reminds that everything is vanity, even "American presidents." Also, mind you, dead.
Scott Campbell's sculptures are made from ordinary dollar bills and uncut sheets of banknotes. The latter are supplied to the master directly from the US Mint. The use of uncut sheets makes it possible to create large art works of a very intricate look.
How much money is spent on each volumetric art object? Scott Campbell rolls lumps of money at least 60 centimeters thick. The paper is thin enough to hold thousands of dollars in one stack. The standard price of a blank for a future masterpiece of 3D art (and one of the "D" is clearly "dollars") - 11 thousand "little green men".
The last thought that I would like to highlight in the work of the dollar carver is that it is not money that rules the world. Scott Campbell clearly proves that “greenery” is vanity and is just a material for art.