“Where’d you grow up?” Noah Dillon asked from the floor of the ArtPark gallery space in Miami’s Design District.
“Like a middle-class family? Parents? You know how they frame some achievement on the wall, like you graduated from high school or college? We had that idea for money.”
Shortly past 6:30 p.m., a line of creative youth had formed outside the gallery, eager to see the much-promoted exhibition “Free Money” from Dillon and Luka Sabbat, who together call themselves “Hot Mess” and who were making their Art Basel Miami Beach debut. Only they didn’t exactly seemed thrilled about it.
“Free Money” is an installation of 300 framed $100 dollar bills, an ATM that spewed random amounts of real money, and a merch drop with items like a sweatshirt that read “not Switzerland.”
“It’s kind of a troll on Art Basel,” Sabbat said. “We’re professional pessimists so we kind of don’t think Art Basel is, like, the greatest. So it’s a good troll; we basically proxied and finessed one bill from every country in America. It also plays on American consumerism and stuff.”
Luka Sabbat and Noah Dillon
“Because the bills are priced,” Dillon said. “The Chateau Marmont one is like $4, but the one that’s