Flat Like Me explores the bizarre and beautiful natural world. Natural phenomena has always been a strong interest for the Planktons, who recently completed drawing 400 animal identification key illustrations for the refurbished Hall of Ocean Life at the American Museum of Natural History. Using the oddities of nature as their inspiration, the exhibition will feature 12 new works. Their work is a juxtaposition between rich, textured surfaces and crisp, bold contours. Self-described “unfashionable Modernist holdouts,” The Planktons maintain a flatness to their work and relish the challenge of paring things down to their most basic, recognizable form.
Originally studying to become marine biologists, Allen and Susan Crawford launched Plankton Art Company in 1999 to broaden the scope of their work, which has included painting, illustration, graphic design, typeface design, assemblage, collage, animation and video/performance projects.