September 2 – October 2, 2016
RedLine, Denver, Colorado
‘Blow Up’ is a exhibition by Black Cube Alumni Chad Person, the exhibition is the first major solo project to be devoted solely to the artist’s inflatable sculptures.
These works span over a decade long relationship with the material for Person. ‘Blow Up’ features seven large-scale inflatables. Tracing the development of the artist’s reconfiguration of inflatable advertising inflatables, the exhibition features one of Person’s earliest works, Ozymandias Weeps, 2005, a sad vinyl blow-up version of the Big Boy icon sitting and weeping with his burger on his lap.
“The Inflatables are a long running body of work that attempts to illustrate a loss of prowess of select iconic characters at the end of their cultural relevance. Each reduces the magnanimous idealism of the character to the pathetic form of a cold air inflatable - a form popularized by the used car dealership gorilla.” – Chad Person
These works also participate in the art historical dialogue; 1960s, artists such as Andy Warhol and Claes Oldenburg used pneumatic forms to challenge conventional assumptions about the role of materials in artworks.