Have you ever wondered what the story behind the One Dollar stores is? Two artists, Daniel Delisle and Benoit Paillé, have got a bold answer for you with their Dollar Store Project. The artist duo approached the cheap toys of One Dollar stores in a quasi-sculptural, nearly kitsch aesthetic, melting those little animal figurines and covering them with bright hues and modern graphics.
The artists created a crucial discussion about the never-ending stupidity of consumerism and remind us one more time about the human exploitation problem in China which mass-produce those $1 items for One Dollar stores.
One of the artist’s explains: “I applied myself to magnify to the extreme the aesthetic potential of these $1 plastic trinkets, rendering them aggressively kitsch, in order to show the absurdity of their existence, with the hope – perhaps illusory – of generating a reflection, or even to transform consumers’ attitudes about them, and also to act in a practical way to transform the working conditions of the makers of these very vulgar objects.”