2016 POP Austin International Art Show

About POP Austin International Art Show

The POP Austin International Art Show hosts its third annual show in Austin TX at Fair Market, October 13–16, 2016. Since its conception, POP Austin has showcased some of the world’s most talented artists, creating an experience that transcends art to become that of a conversation-starting social movement. The unique model combines style, spectacle, cultural education, and taste to present today’s most compelling art in an accessible and engaging format. This year, four days of meticulously curated programming will entertain art enthusiasts and inspire attendees.

About POP Austin

POP Austin is more than an art event.  It is a movement.  Over the years, POP Austin has carefully and thoughtfully designed architectures of experience.  By developing fully curated events in immersive and engaging environments, POP Austin has given birth to meaningful programming found nowhere else on earth.  Artists and art enthusiasts travel from around the world to enjoy a fusion of lifestyle and creative expression, which transcend all creative mediums and genres.

This year, POP Austin is excited to launch its new online art commerce platform, which will allow collectors to choose from an expertly curated selection of art.  POP Austin also offers art advisory services in addition to art investment and asset management consulting.

Photography: Jennifer Adams

POP Austin 2015: Illumination

Showing Austin the Light

Written by: Sweta Vakani

POP Austin International Art Show returned to impress the F1 crowds and Austin locals alike with their newest exhibit “Illumination”. POP Austin once again transformed the Fair Market venue on East 5th St. into a world-class art exhibition. Featured artists from around the globe harnessed the power of light and electrified the Austin art scene for the weekend.

Entering the gallery, it took only a moment to adjust to the darkness of the space before vibrant splashes of neon light came into focus. “Illumination” concentrated on artists using light as their main medium. Though the artwork photographs beautifully, this work is absolutely meant to be experienced firsthand. 

The exhibition featured local artists like Todd Sanders known for his Roadhouse Relics gallery on S. 1st St. and his neon Luchador masks. International artists were also represented with the works of Hans Kotter’s and his hypnotizing “Tunnel View,” which used mirrored glass and wings of light to transport the viewer into a rabbit hole. The Swiss artist Lori Hersberger’s obsidian dream scape “Constellation” consumed viewers with warm pink light light on the wall reflecting off the glassy black cracked stone on the ground. 

NONOTAK, a collaborative art duo comprised of Takami Nakamoto and Noemi Schipfer, featured an audio visual installation called “Daydream V.2” which enveloped the viewer in an array of light and sound. The multimedia composition ebbs and flows in speed and shape, manipulating the viewers senses of reality. 

After showcase hours, the venue stayed open to play host to Apex Nights. The exhibition closed down around the main bar and a dance floor opened up Friday through Sunday evening. DJs like Austin’s own Orthy played into the night with the light from the surrounding artwork pouring over the tops of the dance floor walls.

Partnering with the Circuit of the Americas, POP Austin featured a satellite show at the racetrack called POP! at the Races. The exhibit was a beautiful refuge from the rain. POP! at the Races featured works by Jean-Paul Basquiat, Andy Warhol, Bale Creek Allen among several other artists. As disconcerting it was to be in a metal tent during a torrential downpour, it was a pleasure to talk to artists Matthew LaPenta and Ugo Nonis about their work in the exhibit. LaPenta brings common digital social media symbols into the physical world in the form of his art as exemplified by his emoji sculptures and his piece "Keep it 100" which was displayed at Illumination. Nonis' playful work used abstract shapes and colors to elicit hazy memories and times that have passed. 

The POP Austin International Art Show team cares deeply for their cause of making Austin a hub for the arts. The POP Austin events are not to be missed and, in time, will become a staple within Austin’s creative scene. POP Austin is illuminating the path for Austin to become the cultural capital it’s surely meant to be. 


For more information about POP Austin International Art Show and the featured artists of 2015, please visit their page POP Austin

Photography by: Chisum Pierce

POP AUSTIN : Opening Night

POP AUSTIN International Art Show

The RAD Austin Magazine team had the great pleasure of attending the first POP AUSTIN Art show. Gathering the art community under one roof, the weekend consisted of a fantastic mixture of “art” themed lectures and beautifully curated mediums of art. Featuring artists from around the world, we knew it would be a great night when walking into the scene at Fair Market and seeing the first sculptor, Made In China by Sui Jianguo, a Chinese sculptor. Throughout the weekend, the Austin elite was out in full force and kicked it off with the VIP party. Setting the bar high for future Art Show events, the scene was set with music, artisan cocktails, and a raffle.

A few of the notable artists featured were Beb Deum, a painter from France who had many incredible pieces shown at the event including his work called Chinese series “Shunga.”

Beb Deum: http://www.popaustin.com/portfolio/beb-deum

The sculptor out of Los Angeles, Desire Obtain Cherish (DOC), provided pieces throughout the exhibit. Two of which included his Meltdown lollipop piece and the Designer Drugs Four Pack; a showcasing of Hermes, Louis Vuitton, and Yves Saint Laurent.

Desire Obtain Cherish: http://www.desireobtaincherish.com / Art Inquiries: http://www.popaustin.com/portfolio/d-o-c

Arno Elias, a Parisian painter and photographer, uses a mixture of photography and painting for his pieces, similar to his works The Stallion and Tembo 9.

Arno Elias: http://www.arnoelias.com / Art Inquiries: http://www.popaustin.com/portfolio/arno-elias

Another world-renowned photographer, Gerard Rancinan, was on display. From Fidel Castro to Pope John Paul II, he has covered world events and photographed some of the most influential people of our time. Capturing the Le Festin des Barbares, he featured, to what I believe, was definitely a showstopper and possibly the highlight of the show.

Gerard Rancinan: http://www.rancinan.com / Art Inquiries: http://www.popaustin.com/portfolio/gerard-rancinan

Surprisingly the art was not the only thing drawing in enthusiasts. In addition to the exhibit, Saturday and Sunday held a series of lectures called POPTALKS from some of the artists themselves as well as influential business owners throughout the Austin community. A few included HomeAway CEO Brian Sharples and Tito Beveridge of Tito’s vodka.

It was a great weekend for not only POP Austin, but for the entire Austin Art Community. In displaying such an innovative team, we can’t wait to see what they will bring next. Some of the pieces can still be purchased, for more information please contact POP AUSTIN.

For Inquires: http://www.popaustin.com

Written by: Kathryn Leffingwell                                                                                                                                                                               Photography by: Chisum Pierce - http://www.getchisumed.com