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BLOW UP II: Inflatable Contemporary Art
October 31, 2020 - January 27, 2021
Tuesdays–Saturdays, 10 AM–5 PM
Sundays, Noon to 5 PM
Last entry at 4:45 PM
ADMISSION: Free! With ample, free parking!!
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. MMFA Curator Jennifer Jankauskas says, “This exhibition feels particularly timely as it is a much needed salve for the incredibly tumultuous year, we have all experienced. We are excited to showcase these whimsical and imaginative sculptures filled with humor and wonder and feel confident that the exhibition will delight our visitors.”
Chromaforms (Oakland, CA), Sharon Engelstein (Houston, TX), FriendsWithYou (Los Angeles, CA), Joshua Harker (Ann Arbor, MI), Susan Lee-Chun (Miami, FL), Matt Ritchie (San Francisco, CA), Lizabeth Rossof (Denver, CO), Jen Stark (Los Angeles, CA), and Max Streicher (Toronto, Canada).
BLOW UP II: Inflatable Contemporary Art was organized by Bedford Gallery, Lesher Center for the Arts, Walnut Creek, CA
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.