"Money Show," a collection of graffiti, lowbrow paintings and stencils, and other subversive visual representations based on the mighty dollah dollah, is the Parlor's latest offering. "The show isn't just a statement about being rich or poor," explains Darin Bischof, owner of the Parlor. "It's more about the artists just taking an object and applying their skill to it. Many of the pieces are overtly political; others are more subtle."
Riki, a local stencil artist who has participated in past Parlor shows, sheds some light on the theme of green. "Fortunately, cash doesn't rule me," he says. "I get by on my obsession with what's going to happen tomorrow, like a dog chasing its tail. I'd like to be able to live off my art and do nothing but explore new artistic ventures. But at the same time, I don't want to get caught up in pumping out art to survive. If I did, my art would become stale, like old cookies. And that's no fun. This show leaves a lot to the imagination on the topic of money, poverty, wealth, emotion, objectivity, greed, and control. But then, you also might look at a dollar bill and realize it can double as a Band-Aid." In addition to the art, the exhibit features a short film by D. Sean Jendlin. "The film is psycho," Bischof laughs. "It contains sock puppets, graffiti, and the devil."
Also involved in the exhibit are collectives from Tampa, Fort Lauderdale, and Miami including Heather Gray, Cristina Gonzalez, Amanda Rausa, Tim McGrath, Francesco Lo Castro, Vanessa Montenegro, Dustin Orlando, Steve Joseph, Serum One, Brandon Dunlap, Tim Warner, Jay Giroux, Jacob McClure, Jeff Vreeland, Books IIII, and R. Grimes. DJ Unemployed (yep, that's the name) spins experimental and hip-hop music as well.