Edwin Johnston submitted these comments regarding my 2020 Newman Numismatic Portal Symposium talk on The Money Art of J.S.G. Boggs.
Thanks for the great presentation on the life of JSG Boggs. As a fan of
Boggs and other money artists and minters I enjoyed your personalized
tales. I've got a set of his orange plastic Sacagawea dollars. I like
that you formed your relationship through your interest in books and
became interested in fine art collecting.
What impressed me most in your presentation was the hand drawn bill Boggs made you and the level of enthusiasm he put behind it.
I wrote to Daniel Carr, another money artist, the other day since we hadn't corresponded in a few years. We're all in the same age group.
One thing I never see mention of about JSG Boggs is that an historical antecedent was Yves Klein who sold "disappearing" gold flake to a collector that Klein then threw in the Seine River.
I've attached a couple of my own recent money art designs that I alter
with the aid of artificial intelligence. I mostly use coins but had
recently done this bill before seeing your presentation.
Now I'm getting too old and sick to participate in the hobby as actively as I once did. For instance, I have cataracts and can't get surgery due to more serious issues.
https://deepdreamgenerator.com/ online for the artificial intelligence enhancements. It can map aspects of one image onto another one. Beyond a simple once-through enhancement I use the GIMP2 photo editing program to play with masking and other manipulations. I typically build an image up using a process of 100 layers taking me a full day's work and concentration.
I've included a few more designs for illustration, including a woman model that I enhanced to be made of coins themselves.
That's a lot of work! Here are more of Edwin's images. Great fun. Thanks! These are some attractive designs.
To watch the complete presentation, see:
The Money Art of J.S.G. Boggs
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