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BLOW UP: Inflatable Contemporary Art
April 26 - June 21, 2015

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BLOW UP explores the imaginative ways that artists use air as a tool for creating large-scale sculpture. Inflatable structures connote fun and whimsy, and challenge our everyday, feet-on-the-ground perspective. The show creates a spectacular, immersive environment and taps into our fascination with inflatables with artworks that are surreal, humorous and poetic.


Claire Ashley • Chicago, IL
Lee Boroson • Brooklyn, NY
Lewis deSoto • Napa, CA
Patrick Flibotte • Brooklyn, NY

Billie Grace Lynn • Miami, FL
Guy Overfelt • San Francisco, CA
Momoyo Torimitsu • New York, NY
Andy Warhol • 1928-1987



BLOW UP will include a video component featuring documentation of inflatable works by Christo and Jeanne-Claude and Joshua Allen Harris.


BLOW UP in the news

Hi-Fructose Magazine: "'BLOW UP' Inflatable Group Show at Bedford Gallery"

Diablo Magazine: "Bedford Blows UP"
San Jose Mercury News: "Airy Art"

The Bay Area Reporter: "Best in the April art galleries"

Walnut Creek Magazine: "This Month: Culture and Coming Attractions"

KQED Arts: "Day Trippin'; Summer Art Destinations Around the Bay Area"



exhibition sponsors

This exhibition was supported with generous funding from the Lesher Foundation, JP Morgan Chase, Diablo Regional Arts Association, and the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA).





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