Inflatable structures connote fun and whimsy, and challenge our everyday, feet-on-the-ground perspective. BLOW UP explores the imaginative ways that artists use air as a tool for creating large-scale sculpture and includes imagery that is figurative, conceptual, and abstract. Accessible, yet rich with meaning, these pieces use perception of space and unexpected materials to open a dialogue about pop culture and social norms. Images of select artworks are here.
BLOW UP was funded with a generous grant from the National Endowment for the Arts.
Artists Claire Ashley, Lee Boroson. Christo & Jeanne Claude, Lewis DeSoto, Patrick Flibotte, Joshua Allen Harris, Billie G. Lynn, Guy Overfelt, Momoyo Torimitsu, Andy Warhol
Venues Vision Gallery, Chandler, AZ | Sept. 1 - Oct. 31, 2015 Huntsville Museum of Art, AL | Dec. 1, 2015 - Jan. 31, 2016 Roberson Museum and Science Center, Binghamton, NY | Mar. 1, 2016 - May 1, 2016 Benton Museum of Art at UCONN | June 1, 2016 - July 31, 2016 Elmhurst Art Museum, IL | Sept. 10, 2016 – Nov. 27, 2016 Muskegon Museum of Art, MI | Mar. 1, 2017 - Apr. 30, 2017 Loveland Museum, CO | June 1, 2017 – Aug. 20, 2017 Image: Momoyo Torimitsu, Somehow I Don't Feel Comfortable, 2000, nylon, 15 x 9 x 6.5 feet each.