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Anne Ferrer’s ‘Blow Up’ Beauties Take Over Red Arrow Contemporary

by Danielle Georgiou 17 May 2013 11:47 AM

Guest blogger Danielle Georgiou writes that “she’s blowing up” takes on a whole new connotation when referencing Paris-based installation artist Anne Ferrer.


Guest blogger Danielle Marie Georgiou is the artistic director and choreographer of DGDG: Danielle Georgiou Dance Group. She also serves as the Assistant Director of the UT Arlington’s Dance Ensemble. And she’s a member of Muscle Nation.

Photos: Red Arrow Contemporary

“She’s blowing up” takes on a whole new connotation when referencing Paris-based installation artist Anne Ferrer. Her inflatable sensorial sculptures—and her watercolor paintings that will be included in this exhibition—speak to her nomadic lifestyle of late. She can pack up her entire show in a single suitcase; not many artists can claim that.

This summer, she’ll call Red Arrow Contemporary’s large box space home, as her show “Blow Up” moves in and her dainty beauties begin breathing, growing and evolving into the fantastical creatures they are meant to be. Red Arrow is the perfect boyfriend du jour. The freshman gallery and D Magazine nominee for Best Art Space is making a name for courting fresh new artists and curating shows that are expanding the art scene in the city.

Ferrer’s work has been heralded as “lush and sensuous, sensitive and bold, mysteriously animated, Parisian,” by Ed Rubin, who curated her 2011 “Billowing Beauty” show at New York’s LAB Gallery.

Now, 2013’s “Blow Up” might just knock our socks off, or at least have us kicking our feet up and laying down on a bed of balloon goodness. But her sculptures, which use sailboat material, are much more than just blown up round things.

There are trench coats whose stuffing explodes through the seams:

Cheerfully colored figures dancing to undulating fans:

Cartoon-like shapes flirting with our eyes:

Ferrer lives and works in Paris and was raised in a small rural town in southern France. She studied in the U.S., receiving her BFA from the University of Oklahoma and her MFA from Yale. She has shown throughout France, at the Musée d’Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris, the Centre Pompidou, and the Chateau d’Avignon, at the Ho Ham Museum in Seoul, la Casa de Americas in Madrid, the French Institute in Rome and Naples. She’s also recently built a monumental installation for the Dumbo Art Festival in Brooklyn and exhibited at the LAB Gallery in New York.

While she has shown in Texas before, at Blue Star in San Antonio, her first show in Dallas promises to be a good time (just what you want from your inflatable friends, right?), and promises to be Red Arrow’s most memorable show of 2013.

“Blow Up” opens Saturday with a reception from 6-9 p.m. The exhibition runs throughl June 22.