Art aficionados gathered at Fair Market on Thursday to kick off the second annual Pop Austin International Art Show weekend. The "Illumination" exhibit wowed VIPs with extraordinary light-based work from local, national, and international artists. With hand-crafted cocktails, gourmet bites, and captivating installations, the highlight of the evening was a live performance from renowned Paris duo Nonotak, who showcased a part visual art installation, part electronic music performance, which entranced guests with mesmerizing lights matched to hard-hitting beats.
Pop Austin's "Illumination" will open to the public at 10 am Friday through Sunday of F1 weekend. Tickets are $40 and still available.
Spencer Greenwood stares into Hans Kotter's Tunnel View, which was inspired by Dan Flavin's early light works. The piece utilizes mirrors and color-changing LEDs to get its never-ending tunnel effect.
Pop Austin's "Illumination" exhibit opened to VIP guests on Thursday night with light installations from artists all over the world.
Artist Lisa Schulte poses with her neon Conversation piece which depicts emoticons with various feelings.
Guests enjoyed hand-crafted cocktails from Bombay Sapphire, Grey Goose Vodka, and Patrón Tequila.
Nash and Brooke Garrison.
Sharon Keshishian's neon race car is apropos for this weekend's Formula 1 events.
Adela Andea's sprawling Lux Aeterna was made from flex neon, CCFL, computer power supplies, LED fans, and various plastics.
Matthew Lapenta's emoji-inspired Keep It 100.
Lola Blu, Jasmina Delic.
Paris-based Takami Nakamoto and Noemi Schipfer perform together as Nonotak.
Lili Lakich took inspiration from an Austin legend for her Soul to Soul: Portrait of Stevie Ray Vaughn piece.
Dallen Terrell, Ashley Reed.
Another massive installation by Nonotak, Daydream V.2 utilizes layered fabrics and projectors.
These pieces might seem familiar if you've ever driven down South First Street. The artist of White Luchador and Red Luchador is Todd Sanders, owner of Roadhouse Relics.
Kate White, Micah Rapisand.
Jeongmoon Choi used UV lights, threads, and strings to create this large glowing installation.
Crucifence by Bale Creek Allen.
Madison Snelling, Jasmine Brooks.
Sean Ripple, Dr. Feelgood.
White Noise by Austin artist Evan Voyles.
Louis Delone, Peter Croft, Rebecca James, Colin Jenkins.
Lori Hersberger's Constellation consisted of neon tubes which were reflected in broken shards of black glass.