Thursday, March 27, 2014


Over and under sized things always provokes interest in people, seeing familiar objects in the wrong context. This fascinates me too. Claes Oldenburg, in collaboration with Coosje van Bruggen, is one artist who uses scale in his works, enlarging everyday objects to monumental size in his sculptures, which creates interest, awe and humour.

"The paradox is intensified by the use on a grand scale of small-scale subjects known from intimate situations--an approach which tends in turn to reduce the scale of the real landscape to imaginary dimensions."Claes Oldenburg

‘The Pop artists’ play with transformations of scale and interest in everyday objects and images isolated, typified and intensified their subject matter.” Robert Kaupelis 

I particularly like the ones caught in action. Not only are they taken out of context and enlarged, but they are also frozen in time, which adds an extra element of curiosity. Such as his Dropped bowl, Big Sweep and Flying Pins.

Free stamp
Buried Bicycle

Soft large apple core

Flying Pins
Big Sweep
Oldenburg also has a soft sculptures collection, which turns usually hard objects into soft material sculptures.

Soft Beetle
Soft food sculptures

Radford Wallis is another artist who has upscaled everyday stationary items as an architectural feature in an office building to cleverly divide up the huge space.
Radford Wallis
Similarly with Jun Kitagawa, who has installed giant zippers as installations to "unzip" a space.
Jun Kitagawa- unzipped
Nicola Freeman has made these fun sculptures of oversized lollies with a similar meaning and commenting on consumerism.

It also works the other way, such as bins, paperclips or shopping trolleys shrunk down for use as stationary items.
Uncapped pen and pencil holder

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