Johnny Dollar is obviously not my real name, but pseudonym, a handle. I sign my paintings with my real name then cover my name with masking tape and sign it Johnny Dollar. The masking tape is a form of “encryption.” The “masking tape encryption” can always be removed to reveal my real identity, and is a metaphor for the false sense of privacy that we have in this brave new digital world.
The art has been called Post-Pop Surrealism, cryptoanarchy and cypherpunk inspired art exploring themes of privacy, surveillance, copyright, hive-mind thinking, virtual-reality, and identity. Questioning humanity’s ever increasing interplay with technology whether that be digital, mechanical, pharmaceutical, or neuro-linguistic.