Frank Hyder’s works presented in Mash Gallery’s À GOGO Exhibition are all elements of “The Janis Project”. The first element in the Janis Project are the inflatable heads. Hyder’s involvement with inflatables comes from ten years of installations. His early inflatables were more or less thirty feet tall.
The Janis Project represents a focus of the inflatables . Artistically they are designed to travel easily, expanding the notion of a monumental sculpture in a few ways. One is in the choice of material, being made in Denier nylon. Second, in how and where they are set up. The Janis figures are self-contained inflatables. They are monumental in scale but temporary in placement. They have two distinct faces presenting in different directions. Each face is a different color, representing the different skin colors that humans have. They have ornamental face painting which represents the cultural differences globally. They carry their concepts in their form; and when encountered in a pop-up situation, they imitate real-life encounters with diversity. They, as well, have a lightness which comes through their air filled nature. For the past four years Hyder has been traveling around the world doing set ups and engaging people in this Project.
Frank Hyder has participated in more than 200 group shows and over 100 solo exhibitions throughout the Americas, Asia and Europe, including 10 individual exhibitions in New York City. Solo museum exhibitions in Venezuela at the Museum of Modern Art Caracas, Museo Jacobo Borges, Museum of Modern Art Zulia, Museo Universidad de Los Andes and Museum of Modern Art Coro. Other solo museum exhibitions: Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Art, Carnegie Museum CA, La Salle Museum of Art, National Museum of Catholic Art and History and The Noyes Museum.
Collections: Library of Congress, Philadelphia Museum of Art, Pennsylvania Convention Center, Grand Rapids Museum of Art, Woodmere Museum, La Salle Museum, James A. Michener Museum of Art, Museum of Modern Art, Caracas, Museum Jacobo Borges, Caracas, Museum of Contemporary Art Zulia, Maracaibo, Venezuela and Norwegian Cruise Line Oceania and Regent Collections.