Curated by Tom Kotik
Currency, a new vinyl artwork by artist Johannah Herr, takes imagery from international currencies as a launching point, using the motifs to create vibrant patterning which sprawls throughout the concourse at One New York Plaza. Many of the currencies she references originate in developing nations with economies a fraction of the size of ours in the United States. However in an ever-globalizing world, our economies— and by extension, our cultures and aspirations — are increasingly interconnected. Indeed, the design of currency inherently represents the goals and aspirations of a nation and the exchange of currency can be extended as a metaphor for the exchange of ideas and ideologies. By highlighting the visual power of these foreign currencies, Herr helps us see ourselves as an integral part of this global community. Though seemingly decorative in nature, Currency is a call for us to see the unique beauty of other peoples’ viewpoints and a celebration of our common humanity.
ABOUT THE ARTIST
Johannah Herr has an MFA from Cranbrook Academy of Art and a BFA from Parsons School of Design. She has had solo shows at BRIC, Elijah Wheat Showroom and Envoy Enterprises (all New York City), Red Ger Gallery (Ulaabaatar, Mongolia) and Galeri Metropol (Tallinn, Estonia) along with group shows at Pioneer Works (Brooklyn, NY), Visual Arts Center of New Jersey (Summit, NJ), Center for Contemporary Art (Warsaw, Poland) and DADAPost (Berlin). Herr is a Fulbright Scholar (Mongolia) and attended residencies at SIM (Reykjavik, Iceland), Wassaic Project (Wassaic, NY), IEA’s Experimental Projects Residency (Alfred, NY), Oxbow Artists Residency (Saugatuk, MI), Museum of Arts and Design (New York, NY), and has upcoming residencies at Vermont Studio Center and the Arctic Circle Residency. She is Adjunct Faculty at Parsons School of Design and New York University and the Co-Founder of Daughters Rising, an anti-human trafficking and women’s empowerment NGO based in Mae Wang, Thailand. She lives and works between Brooklyn and Mae Wang.
See more of her work at johannahherr.com.