Victionary’s latest release is a normal-sized book dealing with a giant theme. Oversize takes an in-depth look at large-scale art occupying public spaces, showcasing the work of 40 of its foremost practitioners. They say: “Oversize investigates how size functions as a delightful tool to make a statement, break the routine or shrink us – to take us back to a time where everything else was much larger than us.” The inclusion of so many enlarged children’s toys throughout the book certainly confirms these artists’ obsessions with inducing a childlike sense of wonder in the viewer, but don’t let the furry exteriors and cute plastic eyes fool you, there’s more to big art than just child’s play.
Over 200 pages Victionary have succinctly and stylishly explored projects that range from thought-provoking fine art to bold, punchy advertising as well as pieces that simply make us think about the spaces we inhabit – it’s easy to take the environments we occupy for granted until there’s a giant red ball obstructing your route to the office. After reading Oversize one thing becomes abundantly clear; that Claes Oldenburg inadvertently sparked an entire movement of exciting practitioners keen to make everyday objects massive, and now we’re sold on the idea that bigger is definitely better.