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Exhibitions

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

 

Local Sponsor

River Region Parents

Laurie J. Weil DVM and Dr. Tommy Wool

Carolyn and Alfred J. Newman, Jr.

Co-Sponsors

Peggy and Maurice Mussafer

Camille Elebash-Hill and Inge Hill

Harmon Dennis Bradshaw, Inc.

Exhibition preview

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