Billie Grace Lynn, White Elephant 1, 2007, ripstop nylon, chiffon, electric fan, 10 x 6 x 8 feet
Patrick Flibotte, Inflatable Superheroes, 2007, Ripstop nylon, electric fan, 18 x 5 x 4 feet each
Momoyo Torimitsu, Somehow I Don’t Feel Comfortable, 2000, inflatable nylon balloons, 6.5 x 6.5 x 15.8 feet each, photo by Kioku Keizo, Courtesy of Misa Shin Gallery, Tokyo, Japan
Guy Overfelt, Untitled (1977 Smokey and the Bandit Trans Am replica), 1999, inflatable nylon and electric blower, 4.5 x 17 x 7 feet, Courtesy of Ever Gold Gallery, San Francisco, CA
Lewis deSoto, Paranirvana (Self-portrait), 2012, painted nylon, fan, 6 x 26 x 7 feet, courtesy of Chandra Cerrito Contemporary, Oakland, CA
Claire Ashley, Beauwoahzeau One & Two, 2012, spray paint on PVC coated canvas tarpaulin and fan, 12 x 12 x 12 feet each, Courtesy of Galleri Urbane Marfa + Dallas, TX
Blow up: inflatable Contemporary Art
July 21 - November 25, 2018
Entrance, Shuford & Coe Galleries
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 and unexpected materials to open a dialogue about pop culture and social norms.
“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 the exhibition organizer Carrie Lederer, Curator of Exhibitions, Bedford Gallery.
This traveling exhibition includes major works by Claire Ashley (Chicago), Lewis deSoto (Napa), Patrick Flibotte (New York), Billie Grace Lynn (Miami), Guy Overfelt, Momoyo Torimitsu (Tokyo), and Lee Boronson (Brooklyn).
- United Arts Council of Catawba County
This project was supported by the United Arts Council of Catawba County through the North Carolina Arts Council, with funding from the State of North Carolina and the National Endowment of the Arts.
- City of Hickory
- Unifour Foundation
This project was funded in part by a grant from the Unifour Foundation, which is administered by the North Carolina Community Foundation.
- It's My Party Rental
BLOW UP: Inflatable Contemporary Art was organized by Carrie Lederer, Curator of Exhibitions, Bedford Gallery, Lesher Center for the Arts, Walnut Creek, CA.
This exhibition was made possible by a grant from The National Endowment for the Arts.
Local artist Series: Connie BoStic
August 11 - November 4, 2018
Asheville, North Carolina artist Connie Bostic presents her paintings as part of HMA’s Local Artist Series. Often working in a series, her work explores timely social themes. Bostic exhibited in the Museum’s 2012 exhibition Waking Up with Van Gogh and maintains a studio in Asheville’s River Arts District.