Artists Stan Chisholm and Lisa See Kim invite the public to help create more than 1,000 screen-printed “moneybags” that will fill an entire train car for this interactive project and one-day exhibition on CTA Loop trains. This project, a continuation of Chisholm and Kim’s current MoneyBags project is part of Art on Track to be presented on CTA Loop trains on October 10. The artists will host four workshops at the Art Center during the month of September at which they will teach the public how to create the cartoon-like bags of money filled with screen printed messages. On October 10th, the artists will fill, brim to brim, a CTA train car with the canvas bags. Framed as a social experiment, the public will be free to find, “steal,” or leave the money on the train. MoneyBags transfers the recognizable image from the comic to the real and playfully challenges society’s values.
Over the past year, Chisholm and Kim have been dropping handmade moneybags, filled with Chisholm’s witty social commentary rather than actual currency, in unexpected public locations throughout Chicago, St. Louis, New York City, and Tokyo. The Art Center’s Art on Track project will be the first sanctioned instance of the MoneyBags project. Working with a motif usually seen only in cartoons, MoneyBags transfers the recognizable image from the comic to the real and playfully challenges society’s values, the role of currency, the idea of ownership, and human impulses towards greed and generosity. Chisholm and Kim received their Bachelors in Fine Art from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. Both artists also practice independently, with Chisholm working under the alias 18andCounting. Art on Track, run by the non-profit group SALVO, celebrates its second year organizing Chicago artists and cultural centers to curate CTA trains. SALVO strives to connect Chicago artists with disparate communities, increasing accessibility to art through making it a part of everyday life in the city.