4Cs – Jan. Money

Next meeting: Dawn Dale: Money
Wednesday, January 16, 2019 – 7:00 PM – 9:00 PM

Our first Study Group session of the year on our regular third Wednesday of the month. Notice the change of time from afternoon to evening!

Dawn Dale is facilitating this evening and she wants us all to talk about MONEY!! Please scroll down to see her plans for the evening. Dawn is not asking us to read a text beforehand: the long list of references she includes is just for you to peruse and keep for further study.  But please do pay attention to what Dawn asks of us in preparation for this “gathering [which] is an opportunity for each
participant to consider our relationship with the ‘Lubricant of Capitalism’, money.”

Think about it!

Dawn writes:


It influences our decision$

It affects our choice$$$

It persists, thru capitalism, in framing our very existence $$

A discussion process based on the feminist adage “The personal is
political, the political is personal”, our gathering is an opportunity for each participant to consider our relationship with the “Lubricant of Capitalism”, MONEY.

The format will be a feminist circle with each person having 5-7
minutes to talk about their take on money. The objective is to listen to
each other’s perspective, the sources of that perspective and how it
affects our relationship with our art processes. The time frame will be strict (a timer in hand) so that each participant is heard.

The objective is to share our stories, to listen and go away and think about all of the perspectives as we weave together an effective group moving through 2019.
Possible topics to frame your 5-7 minutes time depends on # of people

– The “value” of art in relationship to your life.
– The “value” of artists in society – Culture, culture, kulture, kitsch.
– How do you value the environment in relation to your material
process?? Has it changed the way you work??
– The value of your work, how do you decide the value of your work in
terms of dollars when someone wants it.
– Talk about your relationship to money vis-a-vis your art practice in       the past/ the present/ the future both in terms of concept and materiality

From Art and Environment by J K Grande:

“The words ecology and economics derive from the same Greek word, oikos, which means household or home. Ecology (logos meaning study) is the study of the home, and economics (nomics meaning management) is home management.* The forces of economics and their consequent exploitation of the environment in this period of late capitalism have done nothing to enhance the management of our true home, the planet Earth. Instead, nature and life itself have been regulated into a small corner of our experience. To create evidence of disarrangement of the self, by the forces of our consumer-based ephemeraculture, is the most abundant kind of art today. It denies the process of living within a permaculture and perceives expression in relation to the ephemeral dictums of material growth.”
*from David Suzuki’s book, Inventing The Future


Artists whose practice is based on subjects within Capitalism
(please add names of artists that work in a similar vein):

Mark Lombardi


“Lombardi’s spidery, elusive diagrams describing the evolution of the shadowbanking
industry from a decades-old alliances between intelligence agencies, banking, government and organized crime, may have made him unique in art
history as the only artist whose primary subject, the CIA, has turned around and
studied him and his artwork.” Paul DeRienzo

Sue Coe


Freda Guttman Montreal

Diego Rivera


Honoré Daumier


Franciso Goya

Kathe Kollwitz


Martha Rosler
Joseph Beuys
one of the founders of The Green Party


faux documentary Exit thru the Gift Shop

Ron Benner London, Ontario


Rebecca Belmore Racism, colonialism

Kara Walker Racism

Beehive Design Collective they were at Gallery 101

Marc Adornato


My latest Sweet Oblivion 2017-2018
artist statement on request

Partial Bibliography – not laid out in the academic format

Nelson, Joyce Beyond Banksters: Resisting The New Feudalism,
Watershed Sentinal Books, Commox, B.C. Canada 2016
Piketty, Thomas, Capital in the 21st Century, Belknap Harvard 2014

Grande, John K. Art And Environment The Friendly Chameleon, Toronto

Schumacher, E.F. Small is Beautiful: A Study of Economics As IF People
Mattered, Abacus, Sphere Books Ltd. London 1974

Wright, Ronald, A Short History Of Progress,  Anansi Press , Toronto 2004

George, Susan, A Fate Worse Than Debt: A Radical New Analysis of theThird World Debt Crisis Pelican Press, London England 1988

George, Susan, How The Other Half Dies: The Real Reasons for World
Hunger, Pelican Press, London England 1976

George, Susan, Another WORLD IS POSSIBLE IF… Verso Books London/
New York, 2004

Klein, Naomi, This Changes Everything, Vintage Canada 2015

George, Susan, Ill Fares The Land Essays on Food Hunger, Penguin
Books , London England 1984, 1990

Ferguson, Niall, The Ascent of Money, Penguin Press New York 2008

Hedges, Chris, Death of the Liberal Class, Vintage Canada, Random House
Toronto 2013

Perkins, John, The New Confessions of an Economic Hitman,Berrett-
Koehler, Oakland, Caifornia 2016
Galbraith, Kenneth, The New Industrial State, Boston: Houghton Mifflin
Company, 1967


https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/ The_New_Industrial_State
Harari, Yuval Noah, Sapiens, A Brief History of Humankind, McClelland &
Stewart Penguin Random House Canada 2014 ( Part Three The Unification
of Humankind Chapter 10 The Scent of Money pg. 173-187)

Harari, Yuval Noah, 21 Lessons for the 21st Century Penguin Random
House 2018

*Goldstone, Patricia, Interlock: Art, Conspiracy, and the Shadow Worlds of
Mark Lombardi, Counterpoint 2015

Wolff, Richard, Capitalism’s Crisis Deepens: Essays on the Global
Economic Meltdown Haymarket Books 2016 (not read yet)
Wolff, Richard, Democracy at Work: A Cure for Capitalism Haymarket
Books 2012

Thompson, Don, The $12 Million Dollar Stuffed Shark: The Curious
Economics of Contemporary Art and Auction Houses Aurum Press 2010
and so many more …please add to this list and share

from The UTNE Reader
“2/3 of men consider their paycheque to be their own, while women
consider their wages to be their family’s “
Online Resources


The Corporation 2003

Enron: The Smartest Guys in the Room 2005

Wal-Mart: The High Cost of Low Price 2005 by director Robert Greenwald
and Brave New Films

Capitalism: A Love Story Michael Moore 2009

The Secret World of Money

Susan George on Ted Talks

Susan George on the World Bank, IMF, WTO World Trade Organization

Nathaniel Kahn, The Price of Everything: How Money Took Over The Art World

Generation Wealth Lauren Greenfield

The Queen of Versailles Lauren Greenfield

Hollywood Films\Fact and Fiction on Film
Good Will Hunting
In Time
The Big Short
The Wolf of Wall Street
When we talk about money the subjects that come up again & again
Debt, taxes, financial legacies -inheritances
The Art Market
Intellectual Property, Cultural Appropriation, Bootleg Art
Student Debt
Money Marts
Minimum Wages
The “Gig” Economy that the Millennial Generation is stuck in (our children)
Old age security
Government and Company Pensions
Predatory banking in the Third World
The Stock Market and Wall Street
Hostile takeovers of small companies by big corporations
The Occupy Movement
Bank of Canada Charter
Austerity programs imposed by conservative governments
Structural readjustment IMF WB
Planned obsolescence in Industrial design
Resource Extraction /Externalities / “natural capital”
Depressions /Recessions
Iceland’s response to the Financial Crisis of 2008
Barter System
Simple Living
..and again, please add to this list