On Money, Zeros, etc
Sun 8 June — Sat 19 July 2008
A solo exhibition of Croatian artist Mladen Stilinović, the exhibition included his work "About Money and Zeros" a collection of pieces created between 1980 - 2008.
"Nothing gained with dice. (P. Celan)
Dear Irwin, Malevich and Stilinović,
I have heard that you are saving money and that you have already collected more then thirty-five thousand. Why? Why collect money? Why not share what you have with those who have not even got a pair of trousers? After all, what is money? I have been examining this question. I have photographs of the most famous banknotes: for one, three, four and even five rubles. I have heard there are even banknotes worth 30 rubles each. Well, why collect them? Me, I am not collector. I have always despised people who collect post stamps, buttons, clocks, etc. They are stupid, dumb and superstitious. (D. Harms)
We have seen, we have realized – the more zeroes the less value. One zero, we know, is infinity; but two – two infinities?
A more and more evident transformation of all things into money. (P. Valery)
Zero as nothing, the beginning and the end, a state of immobility, in essence a non-language, incomprehensible, a monochrome. Money, the most accessible and the most comprehensible means of communication in languages. As many stories there are in money, that much is every story superfluous in zero. Zeroes are sad, absent – money is cheerful and present.
If art has realized harmony, rhythm and beauty, then art has realized zero. (K. Malevich)
Art is zero, art is money and vice versa and vice versa.
nothing begets nothing
nothing rears nothing
nothing waits for nothing
nothing grants pardon (T. Rozewicz)
But zero this is me, certainly I am not money yet.
Mladen Stilinović, 1994"
- From the artist's website