Recap: Art City Austin 2017
March 31st – April 2nd, welcomed the 67th year of Art City Austin, the city’s largest art fair and festival, produced and curated by Art Alliance Austin. Over 4,000 Austinites assembled at the Palmer Events Center welcome over 125 individual artists from across the country and 23 galleries from across Texas to showcase their works on the beautiful festival grounds of the Palmer. Art City Austin has evolved from a local street fair to a premier annual event for world class artists and art enthusiasts. Throughout the three-day event, Art Alliance Austin gained over 40 new members while introducing collectors and art lovers to the exhibiting artists & galleries.
New to the festival this year was a Community Preview Night and VIP Collectors Preview Reception Sponsored by West Elm, Vault Fine Arts Services and Sterling Events. Art Alliance Austin raised funds through their Amplify Austin campaign to share 2,000 complimentary tickets with various community organizations in Austin to attend the event and kick off the Art City weekend.
Art City Austin welcomed over 125 individual artists from across the country to showcase their works on the beautiful festival grounds of the Palmer. Visit our blog for interviews with a few featured Art City Austin Artists.
Curated Tours and Art Talks took place throughout the weekend at the Art City Fair located inside of the Palmer Event Center and featured work from galleries across Texas including Art Palace, Bale Creek Allen Gallery, Cindy Lisica Gallery, CAMIBAart Gallery, Cinnabar Gallery, Circuit 12 Contemporary, Co-Lab Projects, The Public Trust, Yard Dog Art Gallery, Dimension Gallery, Hello Studio, Modern Rocks Gallery, OFG.XXX, David Shelton Gallery, Photo Méthode Gallery, Wally Workman Gallery, ICOSA, Steidel Fine Art, Yvonamor Palix Gallery, Devin Borden Gallery, and grayDuck Gallery.
Juan DeLeon’s Omission
In addition to our feature galleries and artists, the grounds were adorned in Artist Installations commissioned by Lucid Audio and the City of Austin’s Art in Public Places program, within the Economic Development Department’s Cultural Arts Division, as part of TEMPO 2016.
XYZ Altas by Jennifer Chenoweth
Artist Jennifer Chenoweth of Fisterra Studio Projects makes contemporary art in any material that fits the idea, from drawings to large sculpture to interactive collaborative projects. Her artistic inquiry parallels the philosophic inquiry of becoming and being. She works backwards from an idea and forwards from studio process — the art manifests somewhere in the middle. She works actively in her studio and in her community to create change through inspiration and connection.
Yuliya Lanina is a Russian-born American multimedia artist. Her paintings, animations, interactive sculptures and performances portray alternate realities that fuse fantasy, femininity, and humor.
Lanina’s work has been displayed at the Seoul Art Museum (Korea), Moscow Museum of Modern Art (Russia), Ludwig Museum (Cologne, Germany), SIGGRAPH Asia (Japan), El Museo Cultural (Santa Fe, NM), Cleveland Institute or Art (OH), 798 Beijing Biennial (China), Seoul International Media Art Biennial (Korea), and numerous national and international galleries and artfairs.
Lanina’s work has been reviewed by many publications, including Brooklyn Rail, Houston Press, Art Review, Wagmag, Bloomberg News, Austin-American Statesman, Australian Art Review, NYArts Magazine, ART on AIR.com (MOMA, PS 1) and Bejing Today. Revolt Magazine chose Lanina as one of their top ten New York City artists of 2013.
Juan is a registered Architect. He considers himself to be a new artist with a developing perspective. His current interest is in creating elements that allude to the relationship between people, scale, volume, weight, mass & space. He is drawn to the manipulation of the recognized place to transform an understood reality & create a sense of a semi-surrealistic environment. He hopes to create an experience that provokes self-awareness about place & the relationship to reality.
Omission is the deletion of open space.It is made up of 10′-0″ inflatable white spheres arranged in several configurations. By using a large-scale sphere, the relationship of man & common object has been altered to man & sur-real object. The inflatable spheres are abstract & have an ephemeral presence. It manipulates the park land by consuming the openness; nothing-ness has become a “something”. The visual landscape changes. The sense of place is altered and becomes abstract as the landscape is obscured and “omitted” by the large forms.
Lucid Audio Installation by Matt Winters
Teetering with metaphor, iconically depicted, and touching subjects of mass consumption, complex designography, the stupid, and the sublime. It was at this point that I basically told ya’ll to buy his work because he is dedicated and you would be happy with the investment.” –J. Haley, art writer
In their 3rd year with the festival, live music from a wide variety of local musicians was showcased in coordination by Black Fret.
Black Fret Stage Saturday Lineup
11:00am – Beto & the Fairlanes
12:10pm – Peterson Brothers
1:20pm – Abram Shook
2:30pm – Dana Falconberry
3:40pm – Harvest Thieves
4:50pm – Akina Adderley
Black Fret Stage Sunday Lineup
11:00am – The Gospel Stars
12:10pm – Ray Prim
1:20pm – The Digital Wild
2:30pm – Dawn & Hawkes
3:40pm – Cowboy Diplomacy
4:50pm – Money Chicha
As always, Art City Austin is a family friendly event, offering a children and family areas featuring arts and crafts, an photo-booth, hula-hooping and bubbles with Circus Picnic, as well as other interactive activities with support from community partners including Austin Children’s Theatre, Jerry’s Artarama, Art Amore, The Contemporary Austin, Circus Picnic, and Bastrop County Tourism.
Art Alliance Austin would like to thank the bounty of volunteers that helped make Art City Austin happen, as well as the patrons that attended the event. Your appreciation for the Arts keeps this city and our organization thriving.
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Art City Fair Sponsors & Partners
Artist Installation Sponsors & Partners
Family Interactive Sponsors & Partners