The Bedford Gallery in Walnut Creek has recently announced the news, that they were given their very first grant from the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA). It is in support for an touring exhibition titled BLOW UP: Contemporary Inflatable Art, with a recommended of $20,000 for support of its production.
The exhibition BLOW UP is organized by Bedford Curator Carrie Lederer, and explores the medium of inflatable art, featuring several large-scale artworks from a diverse roster of internationally renowned artists including Andy Warhol, Lee Boronson, and Momoyo Torimitsu. The exhibition taps into the fascination with inflatable structures, and it’s connection with audiences, as well as its imaginative ways artists use air as a tool for creating large-scale sculpture, and imagery as a figurative, conceptual and abstracted state. One such work expected to be featured is Torimitsu’s sculpture of inflatable pink bunnies titled Somehow I Don’t Feel Comfortable.
BLOW UP is not expected to begin its tour until 2015. Bedford Gallery will be the exhibition’s first stop, where it will goes on view in April of that year. It will also be the exhibition’s only Californian venue, as it will tour museums and galleries in other states including Arizona, Oregon, and Colorado. More information is sure to come, perhaps as 2015 approaches, or the first day of its opening.