Would you consider these gigantic blow-up sculptures art?
FriendsWithYou - Light Cave, The Standard High Line Plaza, NYC, USA 4

FriendsWithYou - Happy Rainbow, Tuen Mun Town Plaza, Hong Kong, 2012
FriendsWithYouHappy Rainbow, Tuen Mun Town Plaza, Hong Kong, 2012

Highly interactive visual art has forged its way into the hearts and minds of the public. This new caliber of art is quirky, but it manages to so effortlessly fuse art, technology, and fashion in a trendy way that has us all captured.

One such collective is run by Samuel Borkson and Arturo Sandoval III, who were born in Florida and Havana respectively. The Los Angeles based duo is more commonly referred to by their moniker, FriendsWithYou. The pair has collaborated since 2002 to produce joyful pieces of work intended to “spread Magic, Luck, and Friendship.

FriendsWithYou brings a flair of kid-friendly fun to any proceeding with its bouncy castles, smiling and at times, glowing celestial bodies, brightly colored balloons and blow up structures. The pair uses a broad range of pop-infused media including extensive experiential installations, sculptures, paintings, playgrounds, published artwork, as well as live performances to exhibit their installations.

The two collaborative artists embrace play while subtly highlighting themes of technological innovation, iconography and religion. Their works challenge the progression of mechanical innovation while effectively juxtaposing human feelings such as delight and gratification. This art is effectively bringing change to how people socially experience places, spaces and other people around them, therefore supplying individuals with an enriching experience every time.

Often, Samuel Borkson and Arturo Sandoval have been aptly described as progenies of Takashi Murakami and Yayoi Kusama. Since their work is so calculatingly playful, it might be difficult for some people to classify it as fine art. Instead, the artists represent their art disguised as bouncy castles or as anthropomorphized items. Recently, the crew introduced the first wave of a virtual reality experience aimed at giving people the opportunity to explore their emotions. For instance, their virtual reality ‘Light Spirit’ piece occurs in a metaphysical plane designed to affect people’s sentiments.

When asked why the size of their installations matter, the pair feels that size is essential as it dwarfs the audience, which helps in cultivating a sense of serenity and peace. At the end of it all, their pieces are intended to inspire emotions such as love, magic, and peace into the hearts of the audience. The pair continues to produce art that creates a blur between reality and imagination. Their focus remains to supply people with an active experience that is also interactive at the same time. So if you feel the need to undergo a calming and delightful experience that makes you yearn for light and love, watch out for the duo’s next installation.

FriendsWithYou - At This is not a toy exhibition Design Exchange - Toronto, 2014 2
FriendsWithYou – at This is not a toy exhibition, Design Exchange, Toronto, Canada, 2014

FriendsWithYou - Super Moon, 2016, Seokchon Lake, Seoul, South Korea
FriendsWithYouSuper Moon, 2016, Seokchon Lake, Seoul, South Korea

FriendsWithYou - Super Moon, 2016, Seokchon Lake, Seoul, South Korea 3
FriendsWithYouSuper Moon, 2016, Seokchon Lake, Seoul, South Korea

FriendsWithYou - Super Moon, 2016, Seokchon Lake, Seoul, South Korea 2
FriendsWithYouSuper Moon, 2016, Seokchon Lake, Seoul, South Korea

FriendsWithYou - Starry Eyes - Inflatable by FriendsWithYou 15 feet H x 10 feet W, 2006
FriendsWithYouStarry Eyes, 2006, inflatable, 15 feet H x 10 feet W

FriendsWithYou - Mafli heads- Inflatable, 8 feet x 8 feet, 2006
FriendsWithYouMafli heads, 2006, inflatable, 8 feet x 8 feet

FriendsWithYou - Starburst, Inflatable Sculpture- Ripstop Nylon, 300 inch diameter, Unique Piece, Brookfield Place Toronto 2013, Photo Ernesto DiStefano 4
FriendsWithYouStarburst, 2011, inflatable sculpture, ripstop nylon, 300 inch diameter, Brookfield Place Toronto, Canada, 2013
Photo: Ernesto DiStefano

FriendsWithYou - Starburst, Inflatable Sculpture- Ripstop Nylon, 300 inch diameter, Unique Piece, Brookfield Place Toronto 2013, Photo Ernesto DiStefano 2
FriendsWithYouStarburst, 2011, inflatable sculpture, ripstop nylon, 300 inch diameter, Brookfield Place Toronto, Canada, 2013
Photo: Ernesto DiStefano

FriendsWithYou - Starburst, Inflatable Sculpture- Ripstop Nylon, 300 inch diameter, Unique Piece, Art Basel Miami Beach 2010
FriendsWithYouStarburst, 2011, inflatable sculpture, ripstop nylon, 300 inch diameter, Art Basel Miami Beach, 2010

FriendsWithYou - Starburst, 2011
FriendsWithYouStarburst, 2011

FriendsWithYou - Somewhere Over the Rainbow, Art Basel Miami, USA, 2013 2
FriendsWithYouSomewhere Over the Rainbow, Art Basel Miami Beach, USA, 2013

FriendsWithYou - Somewhere Over the Rainbow, Art Basel Miami, USA, 2013 1
FriendsWithYouSomewhere Over the Rainbow, Art Basel Miami Beach, USA, 2013

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FriendsWithYouLight Spirit

FriendsWithYou - Rainbow city, Miami Basel 3
FriendsWithYouRainbow city, Art Basel Miami Beach, USA

FriendsWithYou - Rainbow city, Miami Basel 1
FriendsWithYouRainbow city, Art Basel Miami Beach, USA

FriendsWithYou - Rainbow city, Highline
FriendsWithYouRainbow city, Highline, NYC, USA

FriendsWithYou - Rainbow city, Highline 3
FriendsWithYouRainbow city, Highline, NYC, USA

FriendsWithYou - Light Cave, The Standard High Line Plaza, NYC, USA
FriendsWithYouLight Cave, 2014, inflatable, 55ft x 25ft x 14ft, The Standard High Line Plaza, NYC, USA

FriendsWithYou - Light Cave, The Standard High Line Plaza, NYC, USA 4
FriendsWithYouLight Cave, 2014, inflatable, 55ft x 25ft x 14ft, The Standard High Line Plaza, NYC, USA

FriendsWithYou - Light Cave, The Standard High Line Plaza, NYC, USA 3
FriendsWithYouLight Cave, 2014, inflatable, 55ft x 25ft x 14ft, The Standard High Line Plaza, NYC, USA

FriendsWithYou - Light Cave, The Standard High Line Plaza, NYC, USA 2
FriendsWithYouLight Cave, 2014, inflatable, 55ft x 25ft x 14ft, The Standard High Line Plaza, NYC, USA

FriendsWithYou - Light Cave, The Albright-Knox Art Gallery
FriendsWithYouLight Cave, 2014, inflatable, 55ft x 25ft x 14ft, The Albright-Knox Art Gallery, Buffalo, NY, USA

FriendsWithYou - Light Cave, The Albright-Knox Art Gallery 1
FriendsWithYouLight Cave, 2014, inflatable, 55ft x 25ft x 14ft, The Albright-Knox Art Gallery, Buffalo, NY, USA

FriendsWithYou - Light Cave, 2014, inflatable approximately 55ft x 25ft x 14ft, Photo Alyssa Ringler
FriendsWithYouLight Cave, 2014, inflatable, 55ft x 25ft x 14ft
Photo: Alyssa Ringler

FriendsWithYou – Inflatable by FriendsWithYou,
FriendsWithYou – 2006, inflatable, 10 feet x 8 feet

FriendsWithYou - At This is not a toy exhibition Design Exchange - Toronto, 2014
FriendsWithYou at This is not a toy exhibition, Design Exchange, Toronto, Canada, 2014

FriendsWithYou - Wish Come True Festival, Luminato 2010, Toronto, Canada 2
FriendsWithYou – at Wish Come True Festival, Luminato 2010, Toronto, Canada

FriendsWithYou - Wish Come True Festival, Luminato 2010, Toronto, Canada 2
FriendsWithYou – at Wish Come True Festival, Luminato 2010, Toronto, Canada

FriendsWithYou - Wish Come True Festival, Luminato 2010, Toronto, Canada 2
FriendsWithYou – at Wish Come True Festival, Luminato 2010, Toronto, Canada

 

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