Thomas Bils: Still Cheaper Than Paying

May 15 – Fall 2021

Thomas Bils, #17, 2019. Oil on Miami Dade parking citation. Courtesy of Jeffrey Noble

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NSU Art Museum
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Top Image: Thomas Bils, #43, 2020. Oil on Miami Shores Auto Repair Inc. bill. 11 in x 8 1/2 in x 21.59. Courtesy of Matthew Chevallard

Side Image: Thomas Bils, #17, 2019. Oil on Miami Dade parking citation. Courtesy of Jeffrey Noble

Thomas Bils: Still Cheaper Than Paying

Still Cheaper Than Paying is a project by artist Thomas Bils to turn the artifacts of his financial obligations into something beyond inert monetary transactions. As he receives items such as parking citations and insurance bills he adopts them for use in his studio. Instead of a sketchbook, these papers become the substrate in which Thomas works uncoupled from his curated practice of painting about his upbringing in suburban Florida. The resulting images range anywhere from first drafts of future works, meta references to the practice itself and even memes. Each work is then sold for the exact price of the original cost of the bill, either on a first-come basis through social media or by pre-arranged commission depending on the value. Thomas likes to refer to this as crowdsourcing his own bills as he works to expand the project closer to living at net-zero. The title, “Still Cheaper Than Paying” refers to his sentiments about receiving parking tickets, the original catalyst to the project, deducing that it was cheaper to pay the fines than it was to pay the meter. The exhibition is curated by Bonnie Clearwater, Director and Chief Curator and Ariella Wolens, Bryant-Taylor Curator, NSU Art Museum Fort Lauderdale.

 
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Exhibitions and programs at NSU Art Museum Fort Lauderdale are made possible in part by a challenge grant from the David and Francie Horvitz Family Foundation. Funding is also provided by the City of Fort Lauderdale, AutoNation, Community Foundation of Broward, the Broward County Board of County Commissioners as recommended by the Broward Cultural Council and Greater Fort Lauderdale Convention & Visitors Bureau, the State of Florida, Department of State, Division of Cultural Affairs and the Florida Council on Arts and Culture. NSU Art Museum Fort Lauderdale is accredited by the American Association of Museums.

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