[East Hampton, NY]: July 2012. Artist's book, unique, on black St. Armand paper, signed by the artist, Barry McCallion, on the penultimate page and dated July 2012. Page size: 11 x 7-1/4 inches; 64pp. Bound in limp metallic silver leather, white front flyleaves, grey back flyleaves, folios hand-sewn with black linen, housed in black cloth over boards clamshell box with title hand written on collaged bits of a $1 bill on spine and another collage of $1 bills on front panel. Titlepage with "One / Dollar / Concerto" collaged from a $1 bill with the added word "concerto" in grey on grey paper. The pages are collaged bits of dollar bills with some additions of pink, blue and green papers. While not in musical notation, the overall effect is that of notes skimming across the pages. Some pages with the line rising, some with complex interaction of lines and some with lines descending to a simple "stop." Following the dollar concerto is the "Raga / Twenty Rupees" - again collages made using the Indian currency in a delicious play of pink lines and curves on the black paper. The last "song" is the "Mongolian Long Song / 110 Tugrug" (Tugriks) - with the greens and tans of the currency collaged to make intriguing designs inspiring thoughts of musical notation. An inspired homage to the almighty _______ (fill in the currency of your choice), its flights up and down, crashes and explosions.
An artist's book without text - just money - and we all know a song that can be sung to these pages! Item #11308