Donovan Clark paints intricate imagery on one dollar bills, and uses them for tips when he gets a cup of coffee or breakfast. Donovan is interested in the concept of “free art” and how it relates to this project. Donovan alters the presidents portrait into a popular icon, or he paints a realist image on the bill such as ladybugs or cracks.
Another artist playing with pop culture Donovan Clark's work is comic and colourful but also poses questions about what is art worth and why? Creating works on $1 bills mean they have a value as legal tender, but also have a value as concept and creation.
The UK has had artists like Graham Short engraving miniature Jane Austen quotes onto £5 notes instantly turning a £5 note into a work of art valued at £50,000. Donovan Clark's work might not be quite as collectable but it does pose questions about how art is valued and how it should be considered.
At a time when America has a cartoon president (Cartoons can be scary as well as funny) Clark's work could be viewed as prophetic, unfortunately for us it appears to be one of those episodes of the Simpsons where they try and make a scary Halloween episode which leaves a bad taste in the mouth as they are pretty ineffectual and best forgotten.