BLOW UP: Inflatable Contemporary Art

Apr 26 - Jun 21, 2015


BLOW UP: Inflatable Contemporary Art

April 26 – June 21, 2015

BLOW UP explores the imaginative ways that artists use air as a tool for creating large-scale sculpture and includes imagery that is figurative and abstract. Accessible, yet rich with meaning, these pieces use perception of space to open a dialogue about pop culture and social norms.

Organized by Bedford Curator Carrie Lederer, BLOW UP features several large-scale artworks by a diverse roster of internationally renowned artists. “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,” says Lederer. BLOW UP will open at the Bedford on April 26, 2015 and then tour nationally for two years (see below for full tour schedule).

BLOW UP Artists:

Claire Ashley (Chicago, IL), Lee Boroson (Brooklyn, NY), Lewis deSoto (Napa, CA and New York, NY), Patrick Flibotte (Brooklyn, NY), Billie G. Lynn (Miami, FL), Guy Overfelt (San Francisco, CA), Momoyo Torimitsu (New York, NY), Andy Warhol (1928-1987)

BLOW UP will also include a video component featuring documentation of inflatable works by Christo (New York, NY) and Jeanne-Claude (1935-2009) and Joshua Allen Harris (New York, NY).

This exhibition was funded with a generous grant from the National Endowment for the Arts