Norwegian banknote is now art

 Date:15/09/2005 - 13/10/2005

A Norwegian banknote plays an integral part in a new art exhibition at the Wyer Gallery, London, from 15 September.

A new contemporary art gallery, The Wyer Gallery, has chosen to show the work of Charlie England, a recent Royal College of Art MA graduate, as its launch show later this year.  It will be the emerging artist’s first solo show in London and will include part of a large body of new work entitled The Hell in Hello.

Charlie’s work questions the way art creates value and is inspired by the intricate patterns used to prevent fraud on bank notes and identification documents.  Charlie explains: “I became interested in the elaborate security patterns on documents that are part of our everyday life, when I noticed some of the hidden text on a twenty pound note.  By using these patterns to create other images, I can challenge their original intention and share my appreciation of their true aesthetic.”  One of the strongest images from the show, pictured here, focuses on the design of Norwegian currency as well as the beauty of Norway’s landscape. 

The Wyer Gallery
191 St John’s Hill
Battersea, London
SW11 1TH 

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Into Forever, by Charlie England