Another very interesting collective of artists to consider when thinking about scale is the Boyle Family. This short film by the Tate gives a good introduction to their work. You can learn more about them via their website: www.boylefamily.co.uk
Cited as the leader of a contemporary Californian psychedelic-pop aesthetic, Los Angeles–based artist and designer Steven Harrington is best known for his bright, iconic style that encourages a two-way conversation between the artist and viewer. There’s a timeless quality to his playful yet contemplative work, which is inspired by California’s mystique, vastly diverse landscape, and thriving mix of cultures. Embracing a multimedia approach, Harrington’s portfolio includes large-scale installations made of plaster and stone, handscreened prints, limited-edition books, skateboards, and sculptures. Alongside his commercial work, Harrington has exhibited artwork in Los Angeles, New York, Paris, Berlin, Milan, Barcelona, Tokyo, San Francisco, Chicago, Philadelphia, Montreal, Melbourne, and Dallas.
Morning Breath Inc (aka Doug Cunningham and Jason Noto) are a design and illustration duo based in Brooklyn, NY. Their bold, irreverent style has been applied to skateboard/snowboard graphics, music packaging, apparel, advertising, poster design and more. Take a look here: http://www.morningbreathinc.com/work
The BPandO website is an excellent resource, showcasing the best examples of contemporary branding and packaging design. http://bpando.org/
I feel I have to work a lot harder to broaden my horizons and not just consider things from a Western, white male perspective. It’s a tough challenge and always going to be a work-in-progress, but stumbling upon website like CreativeRoots is helpful. They’re mission is to feature art and design from across the world – there’s some lovely project on the site. Take a look here: http://creativeroots.org
If you ever feel like zooming right out and changing your perspective you could take a look at Galaxy Zoo or the series of space exploration projects from Zooniverse (see below).
Zoom in with these open source microscopy projects online.
The Jefferson Grid is one of my favourite Instagram accounts – a project by photographer and visual artist, Shabtai Pinchevsky. Shabtai has been exploring satellite images of the USA from above trying to identify human-made interventions in the landscape that arose since Thomas Jefferson proposed a land planning system based on square miles over two centuries ago. Read more about the project via the New York Times here.
“This short animation transports us from the farthest conceivable point of the universe to the tiniest particle of existence, an atom of a living human cell. The art of animation and animation camera achieve this exhilarating journey with a freshness and clarity. Without words.”
I discovered this incredible animation around the same time as I the equally impressive Powers of Ten by Charles and Ray Eames. Both pieces were inspired by Cosmic View: The Universe in 40 Jumps an essay by Dutch educator Kees Boeke.