BLOW UP II: Inflatable Contemporary Art explores the imaginative ways that air is used as a tool to create large-scale sculptures. The artists of the 10 inflatable sculptures in BLOW UP II translate everyday materials and imagery into larger-than-life, yet nearly lighter-than-air, art that is rich with meaning, resulting in a wide array of works that are figurative, conceptual, and abstract. Inflatable works are often initially regarded as whimsical or humorous, yet they can contain serious critiques of pop culture, social norms, and the politics of space. BLOW UP II explores the complex relationship between the familiarity of the material combined with serious commentary, creating a dialogue around reinterpretation.
Above: Installation of Sharon Engelstein, Seeker, 2012, nylon fabric, electric fan, 14 x 9.4 x 18.6 feet and Lizabeth Rossof, 5 XI’AN AMERICA WARRIORS, 2019, nylon fabric, electric fans, variable dimensions
The artists of the 10 inflatable sculptures translate everyday materials and imagery into larger-than-life, yet nearly lighter-than-air, art that is rich with meaning.
This exhibition was sponsored locally by River Region Parents; Laurie J. Weil, DVM, and Dr. Tommy Wool; and Carol and Alfred J. Newman, Jr., with additional support provided by co-sponsors Peggy and Maurice Mussafer, Camille Elebash-Hill and Inge Hill, and Harmon Dennis Bradshaw, Inc.