Blow Up — Inflatable Contemporary Art

I recently visited the Bedford Gallery at the Lesher Center for the Arts in Walnut Creek and enjoyed Blow Up — Inflatable Contemporary Art. From the moment I approached the door to the gallery I was smiling and so was everyone else I saw in the gallery that day. Here are just a few reasons why:

Billie Grace Lynn created White Elephant 1 in 2007 from ripstop nylon, chiffon and a fan. This lovable elephant is 8 x 6 x 10 feet and he begs to be hugged — but I didn’t. Click on an image for a larger view.

Blow Up, White Elephant 1

Paranirvana (Self Portrait) was created by Lewis deSoto in 2012 using painted nylon and a fan. At 6 x 26 x 7 feet, this quietly resting piece takes a lot of space in the gallery.

Blow Up, Paranirvana (Self Portrait)

I’m certain that you are smiling broadly now! These delightful figures can’t help but lighten your day. Momoyo Torimitsu created Somehow I Don’t Feel Comfortable in 2000 using inflatable nylon balloons. Each figure is 15.8 x 6.5 x 6.5 feet. The man in the photograph is 6′ 3″ tall.

Blow Up, Somehow I Don't Feel Comfortable

In the final room of the gallery viewers played with Andy Warhol’s Silver Clouds, created in 1966 of silver plastic film, helium and air. Dimensions of the clouds were variable.

Blow Up, Silver Clouds

This exhibit took me back to those summer days when the carnival came to town. If you are anywhere near this exhibit, don’t miss it. The creations are light as air, but they provide a ton of fun!

The exhibit continues through June 21, 2015
Bedford Gallery

10 replies
    • Franki Kohler
      Franki Kohler says:

      You are welcome Gay. This is the kind of exhibit that you, Carol and I would hoot about for weeks. Wish you were closer.

    • Franki Kohler
      Franki Kohler says:

      Ahhhh, inspiration! It comes from the most unlikely places. Do circle back and let me know what you create.

    • Franki Kohler
      Franki Kohler says:

      Ha! I smile just remembering our visit. It was so fun to play with other adults at this exhibit. And with Andy Warhol art no less!

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