Blow Up: Inflatable Contemporary Art – Opening Reception
Celebrate the opening of Blow Up: Inflatable Contemporary Art exhibition featuring giant blow-ups, including bunnies, Buddha, Trans Am, elephant, and more! Refreshments and balloon animals by “The Balloon Guy” Jim Perry will be provided. Free and open to the public.
This exhibition features artists who use air as a sculptural medium. While inflatable objects are typically associated with advertising, children’s entertainment or holiday decorations, the format has been appropriated by a diverse group of artists to explore complex subjects such as identity, materialism, and war. Playing with scale, color, and the inherent light-heartedness of balloons, the selected artists produce a wide variety of sculptural forms from Lewis deSoto’s Sleeping Buddha to Claire Ashley’s colorful abstract shapes. This traveling exhibition includes major works by Claire Ashley (Chicago), Lewis deSoto (Napa), Patrick Flibotte (New York), Billie Grace Lynn (Miami), Guy Overfelt (San Francisco), Momoyo Torimitsu (Tokyo), and Christo and Jean-Claude.
Where: The Muskegon Museum of Art
296 W Webster Ave, Muskegon, MI 49440
When: Thursday at 5:30 PM – 8 PM
The exhibit will be on display at the Muskegon Museum of Art from February 23rd to April 23rd.
Inflatable structures connote fun and whimsy, and challenge our everyday, feet-on-the-ground perspective. Blow Up: Inflatable Contemporary Art 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.
Visitors to the gallery will encounter a life-size inflatable Trans Am, 14 foot tall pink bunnies, and a 25 foot long reclining Buddha-inspired figure, to name just a few of the dynamic and wildly engaging inflatable sculptures installed in the gallery.
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