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BLOW UP II: Inflatable Contemporary Art

February 8 - April 30, 2022


BLOW UP II: Inflatable Contemporary Art explores the imaginative ways that air is used as a tool to create large-scale sculptures. The artists 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. 


BLOW UP II: Inflatable Contemporary Art was organized by Bedford Gallery at the Lesher Center for the Arts, Walnut Creek, CA.


Nicole Banowetz (Denver), Sharon Engelstein (Houston), FriendsWithYou (Los Angeles), Joshua Harker (Ann Arbor, Mich.), Susan Lee-Chun (Miami), Matt Ritchie (San Francisco), Lizabeth Rossof (Denver), Jen Stark (Los Angeles), and Max Streicher (Toronto). 



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