ELMHURST ART MUSEUM PRESENTS THE MIDWEST PREMIERE OF BLOW UP: INFLATABLE CONTEMPORARY ART
Elmhurst Art Museum proudly presents the Midwest premiere of BLOW UP: Inflatable Contemporary Art, an exploration of air as a sculptural medium. The exhibition, organized by California-based Bedford Gallery, investigates the imaginative ways that artists use air as a tool for creating large-scale sculpture and opens a dialogue about pop culture and social norms. The exhibition will be on display from .
said Jenny Gibbs, Elmhurst Art Museum executive director. Inflatables allow artists to think big with the medium's ease of transport, lightness and relative low cost. Several of the works in 'Blow Up' explore serious issues within gender roles, spirituality and politics, contrasting the weightiness of the content with the lightness of the material. Patrick Guy Overfelt’s 'Untitled' is a life-size inflatable replica of the iconic car in 'Smokey and The Bandit', literally making light of the overblown masculinity of American pop culture. Momoyo Torimitsu’s 'Somehow, I Don’t Feel Comfortable' expresses her discomfort with Japan's 'Hello Kitty' culture by forcing two enormous smiling bunnies into a space which is too small for them, a comment on the constricting cultural expectations of Japanese women in what the artist describes as "the cuteness syndrome."