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BLOW UP II: Inflatable Contemporary Art explores the imaginative ways that air is used as a medium to create large-scale sculptures. The artists in BLOW UP II translate everyday materials and imagery into larger-than-life yet nearly lighter-than-air art that is rich with meaning, resulting in a wide array of works that are figurative, conceptual or abstract. Inflatable works are often initially regarded as whimsical or humorous, yet they can convey serious critiques of pop culture, social norms or the politics of space. This exhibition explores the complex relationship between the familiarity of the material and serious commentary, encouraging dialogues that promote reinterpretation. Bedford Gallery at the Lesher Center for the Arts in Walnut Creek, California, organized BLOW UP II: Inflatable Contemporary Art.

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