BLOW UP II: Inflatable Contemporary Art
October 31 through January 31, 2021
On view in Atrium, Blackmon, and Weil Galleries
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.
Organizers and sponsors
BLOW UP II: Inflatable Contemporary Art was organized by Bedford Gallery, Lesher Center for the Arts, Walnut Creek, CA
River Region Parents
Laurie J. Weil DVM and Dr. Tommy Wool
Carolyn and Alfred J. Newman, Jr.
Peggy and Maurice Mussafer
Camille Elebash-Hill and Inge Hill
Harmon Dennis Bradshaw, Inc.
Sharon Engelstein, Seeker, 2012, nylon fabric, electric fan, 14 x 9.4 x 18.6 feet
Jen Stark, Cones, 2019, nylon fabric, electric fans, variable dimensions
FriendsWithYou, Never Ending Story, Spider Man’s Eye, 2019, ripstop nylon fabric, electric fan 12.5 x 9 x 14 feet; Matt Richie, rat 136, 2019, nylon fabric, electric fan, 9.4 x 6.5 x 9.8 feet; and Lizabeth Rossof, 5 XI’AN AMERICA WARRIORS, 2019, nylon fabric, electric fans, variable dimensions
Featured image credit:
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