New Mexican artist Chad Person brought Blow Up, his depressive exhibition of pneumatic corporate icons, to Red Line Gallery in Five Points. Denver Startup Week partnered with pop-up gallery Black Cube for a Tuesday showing.
Person’s exhibit featured inflatable, larger-than-life mascots of formerly hegemonic corporations: Big Boy, Mayor McCheese of McDonalds, the Mobil Pegasus,Mr. Monopoly, NBC’s Underdog and Stinky Pete from Toy Story. There is also a beached whale. The experience was intended to be as eerie in its melancholy as it was comical in its familiarity.
And just in-time for Denver Startup Week. The exhibit reflects on Person’s conception of a widespread disillusionment with long-time dominant corporations, through the lens of their hapless icons.
“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,” Person said in a statement. “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.”
Person has been working with inflatable sculptures throughout the past decade. Blow Up is the first to showcase exclusively these works. The exhibit will be on display at Red Line Gallery in Five Points until Oct. 2.