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Geoff Hargadon: The States Project: Massachusetts

06_CFYW Lincoln (Painted)

©Geoff Hargadon, CFYW Lincoln (Painted)

I am ending this week of Massachusetts on street artist and neighbor, Geoff Hargadon, also known as Cash For Your Warhol (CFYW). Though, I had seen Geoff’s handy work around town and on the internet well before I was introduced to him. Hargadon can boast that he is one of the first artists to go viral with his reactionary piece “The Somerville Gates,” a hilarious and cat-friendly-to-scale parody of the much larger New York installation by Christo and Jeanne-Claude in 2005. His $3.50 art project boasted crashing his website, wracking up a bandwidth bill in the thousands of dollars (this was when you were charged by traffic, kids) and getting his very own review in the New York Times.


©Geoff Hargadon, Gates of Somerville

Since then, Hargadon’s conceptual work has popped up in galleries and street corners alike, mostly engaging in rich commentary on the uncomfortable (and often darkly comedic) relationship of money to the art world.

His Cash For Your Warhol signs originated as a response to Brandeis University’s 2009 decision to sell the collection of its Rose Art Museum to offset the loss of it’s endowment; scandalizing the art world and the University. Hargadon created the first sign then, posting it on the lawn of the embattled Museum. The project has since grown into an interactive piece (see the stickers, and the instagram #cfyw) that Hargadon has received positive, negative and desperate responses to via its listed phone line. The documentary photographs of the sign installations have become an odyssey of sorts for Geoff, with the images blending into crude landscapes that create a cacophony of rough streets and rural bleakness alike. They are a sardonic reminder that our economic forces are ever present in our visual culture.

Geoff Hargadon is a conceptual artist and photographer from Somerville, MA. His current project, Cash For Your Warhol, was featured by Société Perrier at Pulse Miami in 2011, was the subject of a solo exhibition at Montserrat College of Art in 2010, and has been collected by a number of collectors and institutions, including the Andy Warhol Museum in Pittsburgh, MIT List Visual Arts Center in Cambridge, and the Hood Museum of Art, Hanover, NH. His photography has appeared in a number books and publications. Hargadon is also the creator of The Somerville Gates (2005).


Cash For Your Warhol

CFYW is Geoff Hargadon’s take on art-as-commodity, a reference to the financial crisis and the ubiquitous signage that responded to it. The signs are screen-printed on corrugated plastic, the exact materials used by others trying to buy houses, cars, and gold – deliberately designed to create an ambiguous message when installed on the street. CFYW has also been presented globally in other media, including several billboards in Miami and Boston.


Art Brandeis, ©CFYW Hargo Mar 2009

02_CFYW Presidio

©Geoff Hargadon, CFYW Presidio

03_CFYW Hog Hunts

©Geoff Hargadon, CFYW Hog Hunts

04_CFYW Lincoln (Night)

©Geoff Hargadon, CFYW Lincoln (Night)

05_CFYW Miami Double 2016

©Geoff Hargadon, CFYW Miami Double 2016

07CFYW Santa Fe

©Geoff Hargadon, CFYW Santa Fe

08_CFYW Pizza Box

©Geoff Hargadon, CFYW Pizza Box

09_CFYW Philadelphia Billboard (Day)

©Geoff Hargadon, CFYW Philadelphia Billboard (Day)

10_CFYW Bay Bridge

©Geoff Hargadon, CFYW Bay Bridge

11_CFYW Checks Cashed (Charlotte)

©Geoff Hargadon, CFYW Checks Cashed (Charlotte)

13_CFYW Alhambra

©Geoff Hargadon, CFYW Alhambra

14_CFYW Artesia

©Geoff Hargadon, CFYW Artesia

15_CFYW Woodbine

©Geoff Hargadon, CFYW Woodbine

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