The Last Train to the Inevitable and Beyond
When browsing through the website of the Dutch artist Dadara one can easily be drawn into his colorful and visionary creations. Whether it be sculptures, paintings or outdoor installations, Dadara’s illustrative clear lines, bright colors and strong messages characterize his work and make his unique voice instantly recognizable. In combination, his projects often create a world of their own. A world that often transcend the visual to create an experienced.
Harlan Levey described it best, when he wrote: “In a perfomative way, the projects allow him to make his points, but instead of speaking at a viewer, they begin to speak with the viewer, to gain layers and leave themselves open for more than a one step dance. This outlet seems to have given him release on the canvas as well, and suddenly there are stories that are not obvious and the color begins to draw me in as a theatre of possibilities that I must choose for myself replaces the passionate message.”
Lately Dadara has been working on the Pool of Plenty to show the ambivalent and often artificial relationship between art and money. Premiering at the Burning Man Festival in Nevada this year Dadara will build a gigantic pool filled with money. An extreme concept for a festival that is based on a gift-economy. But it will be not just any money. They will be banknotes that resemble money, but are in themselves pieces of art. The visitor will be invited to take off their clothes and take a swim in the pool. To prevent anyone from taking a note as a souvenir there will be guards, who’ll patrol the pool. Instead they can acquire their favorite note from the Exchangibition bank.
This newly founded bank forms the other side of this project’s coin and determines the perceived and proved value of the banknotes/artworks. The visitor will be able to buy, or rather exchange money for the banknotes, which in turn has an influence on the total value of Dadara’s currency.
On Saturday April 2nd Dadara will show the first beautifully painted banknotes that will fill the Pool of Plenty and his recent works from the series The Last Train to the Inevitable and Beyond at Famous in Amsterdam.
By the way…Dadara’s Exchangibition bank still needs some investment to survive. You can also already acquire some of Dadara’s currency on the bank’s website, which we strongly advice. They are still very affordable now, but will rise in price as soon as project really kicks off and gains more and more followers, who buy notes.