John O. Smith
Currency Exchange: Volume Five, 2010
Handbound book with cloth covered case binding, 48 crisp banknote pages
3.5 in. x 2.75 in. x .75 in.
Smith began by binding one dollar bills into handsome hardbound books in an edition of ten. Proceeds of the sale of Vol. I were rolled over to create Vol. II–bound editions of two dollar bills. Vol. II generated Vol. V and so on. Currency Exchange is an artist's book project that challenges concepts of value and appreciation in both art and financial exchange; transforming currency into art and art into currency. Eventual proceeds from the project will be donated to arts and arts education organizations. Signed and numbered.
JOHN O. SMITH is an artist, designer and educator living and working in Stevens Point, Wisconsin.
He received his MFA in design from the University of Iowa, where he also studied book arts at the University of Iowa Center for the Book.
His graphic design work has received numerous awards, and his collaborative and solo book arts projects and installation projects have been exhibited in galleries and museums around the country.
He currently teaches in the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point Department of Art and Design.