Altered Value: The Art of Funny Money
Josh Usmani (Author) Mark Wagner (Foreword by)
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DescriptionTen years ago, Josh Usmani quit his day job to pursue a career as a full-time artist. Months later, the 2008 economic meltdown sent Josh s aspirations into uncertainty. His lifelong monetary issues eventually became the inspiration for using currency as an art medium. What began as a form of tongue-in-cheek political protest has evolved into a visually spectacular exploration of value. By drawing on real currency, Josh encourages viewers to explore creative expression and question the concept of value itself. He has certainly altered these notes' worth, but whether Josh has increased or decreased their value is up for viewers to decide. Altered Value: The Art of Funny Money features more than 150 of Josh's fantastically colorful drawings on currency from the U.S. and more than 35 countries.
November 30, 2018
8.6 X 11.2 X 0.9 inches | 2.95 pounds
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About the Author
JOSH USMANI is a Cleveland-based artist, writer, instructor, and curator. Josh studied painting at Cleveland State University and has been drawing since he was six years old. Inspired by a variety of sources, Josh's artistic influences include comic book artists from his childhood and modern artists such as Marcel Duchamp and Andy Warhol. His award-winning artwork has been featured in more than 100 group gallery exhibitions and solo shows. He is represented by Tregoning & Company in Cleveland. Josh has presented workshops, lectures, and participated in panels at venues throughout Northeast Ohio, including Artists Archives of the Western Reserve, the Cleveland Institute of Art, Mandel Jewish Community Center, SPACES, and more. Josh has also been teaching kids art and cartooning classes since 2014, at institutions such as the Cleveland Institute of Art, Campus International School, Orange Art Center, and Shore Cultural Centre. Previously, Josh was Visual Arts Editor of Cleveland Scene Magazine and co-director of PopEye Gallery at 78th Street Studios (Cleveland). Funny Money is an ongoing series of more than 150 drawings on real currency from the U.S. and around the world. Additional examples of his work can be viewed at JoshUsmani.com.