Giving U.S. Tax Forms A Much Needed Makeover – Modernizing The W-9 and 1040.

A self-initiated design project by FormNation, they took it upon themselves to give such US Tax forms as the ol’ W9 and 1040 a much needed makeover for both hard copies and digital. No one likes doing taxes and the fact that these painfully necessary forms are both confusing and downright ugly does not help. Read more

Forget Pitching to Hollywood. Zach Braff Raises $1.9 Million in 2 Days on Kickstarter.

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Actor-director Zach Braff is killing it on Kickstarter. He has forgone traditional ways of getting Hollywood backing and has raised $1.9 million (and counting) in two days on the crowdsourcing platform, for “Wish I Was Here,” his follow-up to “Garden State.” His goal was to reach $2 million in funding in a month. Read more

Better Late Than Never. The New 100$ Bill And Its High Tech Security Features Explained.

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The Federal Reserve Board announced on Wednesday that the redesigned $100 note will finally begin circulating on October 8, 2013. This note, which incorporates new security features such as a blue, 3-D security ribbon, will be easier for the public to authenticate but more difficult for counterfeiters to replicate. Read more

See A Penny, Pick It Up. Or Paint It, If You’re Jacqueline Lou Skaggs.

above: Venus Dreams, 1963

13 pennies are used as miniature canvases for oil paintings titled “Tondi Observations” by Indiana artist Jacqueline Lou Skaggs.

above: The Plastic Magician, 1984

In the artist’s own words:
“This small body of twelve works consist of images painted on found, discarded pennies. These pictures pay homage to, not only, the binding ideologies that define our family, religious, social and political worlds- but also to the resonating mythological powers of traditional painting and miniature picture making- much like the Dutch oils on copper from the 17th century. Paid tribute no less on the face of discarded coins these iconic images transcend the coins value while, to some extent, defacing it.

“Abe’s Millennium” is a portrait from a found thrift-store photograph (regrettably sold at a yard sale). The title comes from my knowing that we still have a long way to go.

above: Abe’s Millenium, 1973

“Kisses and Ghosts” is from a portrait of my mother as a child standing next to a bird bath with her brother. I once read a report in which children were asked what they feared most. The two most popular answers were “kisses” and “ghosts”.

above: Kisses and Ghosts, 1951

“Four Witches Stand” is a line in the Pledge of Allegiance.

above: four Witches Stand, 1978

“The Unburning Bush” is a bush that never burned.

above: The Unburning Bush, 1992

“The Field of Sleeping Peasants” is waiting for Picasso.

above: Field of Sleeping Peasants, 1971

“The Baptistery” honors the rain Gods for suburban birds.

above: the Baptistry, 1980

“Through carelessness…” is a random line chosen with my eyes closed from the Chinese book of chance, I-Ching.

above: Through Carelessness He Loses His Cow, 1944

“A Pile of Burnt Wood” is just that, in the approaching evening light. “A Still Life” is too still… and so on.

above: A Pile Of Burnt Wood, 1983

above: A Still Life, 1976

Initially these coins were going to be spent- nestled with other coins in an exchange of goods. Or tossed back to the sidewalks from whence they came. Nice thoughts. However, these works remain hoarded as art rather than currency or discarded, valueless copper.”

above: The Last Supper Table, 1990

Jacqueline is currently represented by SUGAR, 449 Troutman St #3-5, Bushwick, Brooklyn #718.417.1180

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Mark Wagner Gives All Other Currency Artists A Run For Their Money. UPDATED.

Currency Collages by Mark Wagner

At the moment, tattoo artist Scott Campbell’s cut currency seems to be the most blogged about and cited artwork when it comes to cut up money. And artist Hanna von Goeler paints upon United States currency. But it’s the work of artist Mark Wagner that I find the most impressive. Using only $1 bills, Mark creates extraordinary ‘currency collages’.
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Clever and Creative C-Notes. Redesign the $100 Bill at Make Your Franklin.

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above: the 100$ bill redesigned by Sean Fermoyle

Make Your Franklin is an online community art project devised by French designers Vincent Desdoigts, Martin Joubert and Etienne Lecorre, that allows anyone to design their own version of the United States 100$ bill. They are asking for you to recreate the money with a symbol of modern society. Read more

Johnny Swing Turns Cold Hard Cash and Currency Into Furniture and Textiles. Literally.

Johnny Swing Coin Furniture

A trained sculptor and licensed welder, 49 year old Vermont-based artist Johnny Swing, an alumnus of Skidmore College and Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture uses found materials and objects to repurpose into art, furniture and more. Read more

Ben’s So New Money. A Close Look At The 100$ Bill Redesign.

$100 Bill Redesign

Update: The circulation of this new bill design has taken much longer than initially expected. See an updated post on the new $100 bill here. Read more