With approximately six new exhibitions each year, there is almost always something new to see at the Gregg. These engaging shows present diverse artists, cultures, media, and techniques and examine the regions where art and design intersect with science, engineering, math, and technology. Many originate at the Gregg, while traveling exhibitions from other institutions are sometimes brought in to broaden the range of perspectives offered. Each offering is enhanced by related programming, and many are accompanied by thought-provoking publications.
BLOW UP II: Inflatable Contemporary Art explores the imaginative ways that air is used as a medium to create large-scale sculptures. The artists in BLOW UP II translate everyday materials and imagery into larger-than-life, yet nearly lighter-than-air art that is rich with meaning, resulting in a wide array of works that are figurative, conceptual, or abstract. Inflatable works are often initially regarded as whimsical or humorous, yet they can convey serious critiques of pop-culture, social norms, or the politics of space. This exhibition explores the complex relationship between the familiarity of the material and serious commentary, encouraging dialogues that promote reinterpretation. BLOW UP II is organized by Bedford Gallery in Walnut Creek, CA.