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Jason Hackenwerth, in his own words:

Year created: 2006Using balloons to make sculptures has magical results, and built in challenges. The works are instantly recognizable as an exuberant celebration of life. They offer joy, hope, and inspiration to anyone at any age, and require no deep understanding of contemporary art to enjoy. As closely related to exotic flowers as they are to deep-sea creatures, or microorganisms, the works communicate about connectivity.

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This becomes literal when a person gets inside a ā€œwearableā€ sculpture called a Megamite to engage audiences or perform choreographed steps.

These interactions are meant to personalize the experience between the viewer and the art. Breaking down barriers between contemporary art and modern life.

The challenge of balloons is their temporality. This work is experiential, not commodity based. Itā€™s offered as a bright smile of hope if only ever briefly. Some works last just weeks or months. This fleeting fact increases its rarity and the urgency to see it while it exists

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Art form: 3-D

Medium: latex balloons

Whimsy requires thoughtfulness otherwise itā€™s just silliness. Using balloons as an art medium made me snort laugh. I love that these giant ballon sculptures are at human levels so you can interact with them. Some pieces, made to appear as flora or fauna, albeit microbial, exhibit distinct personality and emotion. The 2nd from the bottom, the yellow and pink work, looks cornered and fearful. Thereā€™s a real exhuberance in these, a joie de vivre, that makes them accessible and relatable. Hereā€™s a few more pieces and some websites to check out.

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Iā€™d be afraid Iā€™d ā€œPOPā€!

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http://www.jasonhackenwerth.com/read-me/

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