What We Love This Week, Volume IV
The Magnificent Seven
You might think that it is only Ron Paul who views printed money as some absurd art form, but you’d be wrong. Meet French artist Philippe Petremant, whose series “The Magnificent Seven” transforms traditional currency into comical portraits so incredible that even those of us who don’t seek to return to the gold standard can’t help but love them. In so doing, Petremant converts printed paper into priceless art, and thus forces us to question how we determine value. To see more priceless printed paper, be sure to visit Design Boom.
“I’m Not There”
In Franz Kafka’s classic The Metamorphosis, protagonist Gregor Samsa cries that “[he] cannot make you understand…what is happening inside [him],” and that he “cannot even explain it to himself.” But in Barcelona-based designer Pol Ubeda Hervas’ “I’m Not There” series, we come a little bit closer to giving those distressing feelings some kind of form. Whether we wake up as a giant insect or another year older, the words “Who am I?” are bound to escape our lips at some point. It is precisely that question that inspired Hervas to create this spectral series on fleeting identity. Said Hervas in an interview regarding his work, “I don’t recognize myself anymore. These photos express this feeling.”
Why keep the shoes? Hervas believes that regardless of our current mental state and disappearing sense of self, there still remains some semblance of our shared humanity. To experience more of this Kafka-esque take on reality, hit up The Roosevelts for a full gallery.
Simple Ideas That Are Borderline Genius
No matter how coddled your existence, there is always going to be a handful of first-world grievances in “need” of fixing. Case in point: not being able to fully protect yourself from an afternoon deluge without walking into a tree, light post or small child. Or, say, having a dinner party for six and not knowing the right amount of al dente noodles to prepare for your ravenous guests. Or worse, purchasing a bag of chips and not being able to close it in a way that ensures its future, fresh-out-of-the-bag crispness. But for whatever material hazard that might threaten your privilege, the folks at Dump a Day have got you covered with their list of simple yet borderline-genius ideas.