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Bedford Blows Up

A special exhibit at the Walnut Creek gallery is full of hot air.


Somehow I Don’t Feel Comfortable, 2000, by Momoyo Torimitsu, photo by Kioku Keizo, Courtesy of Misa Shin Gallery


Following the lead of Andy Warhol’s 1960s Silver Clouds—a room full of floating pillowlike objects—Bedford Gallery Curator Carrie Lederer is bringing the whimsy of inflatable sculptures to the museum this spring. The exhibit, Blow Up: Inflatable Contemporary Art, runs through June 21 and then will set out on a three-year national tour.

“This concept of inflatable has always been a part of our lives, and it’s something we all love and want to interact with,” Lederer says.

The works—produced by eight artists from around the United States—include a cushiony seascape (specially commissioned for this exhibit), a pair of giant pink bunnies created in Japan, and a huge hot rod created by Bay Area native Guy Overfelt.

You can even sit on some of the inflatables: Lederer has collected blow-up chairs for guests visiting the exhibit. Think balloon dogs that are four-feet tall and able to support an adult, plus blow-up dog toys. bedfordgallery.org


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