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Camille Rose Garcia, “Down the Rabbit Hole” Exhibition

Walt Disney Family Museum

One of our most popular projects, Blow Up Lab enlarged, printed and installed four ceiling-to-floor wall murals at the Walt Disney Family Museum for the exhibition of original paintings by Camille Rose Garcia published in the book Down the Rabbit Hole, a contemporary rendition of Alice in Wonderland. Exhibition installation designed by Henni Yama.

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Fletcher Benton Museum Exhibition

Fletcher Benton

Blow Up Lab Owner and photographer, Frank McGrath, went on location to photograph artist/sculptor Fletcher Benton’s studio and outdoor sculptures. He then created huge files to enlarge with clean resolution at enormous dimensions, printed on vinyl and canvas, built and stretched each panel on wood bars, packed and crated for travel to multi-city museum exhibitions, which, so far, have been featured at 6 museums in the US and Berlin. These murals are single images printed on panels at following the dimensions: “Studio Panoramas”10x36 feet each; “Alphabets” 8x32 feet; “Doughnut” 10x16 feet; “Sculpture” 3x4 feet each. We loved working with Fletcher, an exceptional artist and person.

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Allen Ginsberg Exhibition

Contemporary Jewish Museum

Blow Up Lab printed and installed these large murals from scans of original photographs by writer, poet and photographer, Allen Ginsberg, featured in a one-man exhibition at CJM. The image of his grandmother, “Rebecca Ginsberg”, is printed 10x15 feet on poly-fabric and installed onto freight elevator metal doors, which stayed fully functional as well. “Jack Kerouac Wandering” and Allen on NYC roof (“Myself seen by William Burroughs”) were printed on matte wall covering at approximately 11x9 feet and 16x26 feet.

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Herman Miller Exhibition

Museum of Craft+Design

For this exhibition’s title wall, designed by Theodore Cohen, Blow Up Lab produced all elements seen in this image at the entrance to the Herman Miller exhibition at the SF Museum of Craft+Design. Chair and Sofa were printed on photo satin paper, laminated, mounted to gator board, custom cut in our finishing shop, cleated on the backs for installation. Other pieces were printed on poly-fabric wall-covering and enhanced matte papers. We also resourced the large, red push-pins!

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Brian Wall Sculpture Exhibition

Brian Wall

Blow Up Lab Owner and photographer, Frank McGrath, went on location to photograph artist Brian Wall’s sculptures in his enormous Emeryville studio, then created two huge vertical files to enlarge with clean resolution, printed 4x12 feet per image on matte, vinyl wall-covering, packed and shipped to Flowers Gallery in London, England. Carol and Frank followed the murals to London for the installation and several exceptional events celebrating the opening of Wall’s "New Works" exhibition. They met many of (British) Brian’s distinguished art colleagues from his teaching years at London’s Central St. Martins College of Art and Design before he moved in the 1970s to teach sculpture at Cal Berkeley. It was an amazing exhibition and experience. Brian and Sylvia are wonderful people to work with and know.

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Maurice Sendak, “50 Years, 50 Reasons, 50 Works” Exhibition

Walt Disney Family Museum

One of our really fun projects, we worked with Exhibition Designer Henni Yama to produce 5 huge “Where the Wild Things Are” characters from the imagination and original drawings of Maurice Sendak. We printed on poly-fabric, contour-cut and installed each character on glass or sheet rock at approximately 5x9 feet per image. All display elements in this wondrous exhibition of original paintings and drawings featuring 50 years of Sendak’s art.

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Roberto Soncin Gerometta: Riflessi Veneziani

Arte Italia and Museo Italo Americano

Venice native but now San Francisco based photographer, Roberto Soncin Gerometta asked Blow Up Lab to print, mount and frame his one-man exhibition for two museums, featuring his photographs of “Venetian Reflections”. Also an old friend of ours, we enjoyed helping Roberto and Curator, Mary Steiner produce this beautiful show. Each image was ink-jet printed on photo satin paper with archival inks, UV laminated, mounted to gator board and framed with dark wood float molding. A display of contemporary Murano glass was included as an accent to the exhibition.

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Houdini: Art & Magic

Contemporary Jewish Museum

Blow Up Lab had a big challenge with this historical exhibition on the life the famous magician, Houdini, as the old photographs were so difficult to enlarge to such big dimensions and hold resolution. But our technicians are Photoshop wizards and were able to work their magic on scanned photo files, then print on matte wall-covering media at ceiling to floor, wall to wall scale, for this unique museum exhibition.

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Squeak Carnwath “Painting is No Ordinary Object”

Oakland Museum of California

This photo of Artist Squeak Carnwath, painting in her studio, was taken by photographer M Lee Fatherree for the entrance to her one-woman museum exhibition produced by Curator Karen Tsujimoto. Blow Up Lab was hired by exhibition designer, Ted Cohen, to print Fatherree’s photograph at 5x10 feet on vinyl and stretch on wood bars for installation. We were able to take some fun snaps of Squeak in her fabulous green attire in front of the mural at the opening night reception… and what a great show!

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New West Coast Design

Museum of Craft+Design

Blow Up Lab helped exhibition designer, Ted Cohen resource and create this west coast “map” of the U.S. as a very tall wall mural, used as a back-drop to the neon title sign of this museum exhibition, featuring the avant-garde works of “left coast” based designers. The large mural was printed on poly-fabric. Blow Up Lab also printed all signage graphics throughout the exhibition on matte photo paper mounted to white sintra. The contents of this exhibition were phenomenal.

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