Arts and Eats

Frank launches new public art space on September 1st with work from Jason Archer

Frank launches new public art space on September 1st with work from Jason Archer

For artists looking to gain exposure—and art fans in search of exciting new talent—look no further than the expansive brick exterior at Frank, facing Colorado Street at 4th Street.

Starting September 1st, a 30-foot by 15-foot section of the whitewashed wall will feature monthly installations from local and visiting artists. With anticipated projects ranging from murals to street art to graffiti, this highly visible space in the Warehouse District is a welcome addition to Austin’s growing public art scene.

The series, co-sponsored by Neuro Drinks, will feature new work every month. Artists will have 48 hours to put up their piece, and each installation will be documented in a time-lapse video, creating an archive of the temporary art (which will eventually be removed to make way for the next month’s selection).

A space this awesome could only come courtesy of the folks at Frank, whose décor favors faded prints, classic steel hardware and vintage-inspired equipment. And they’ll be celebrating each new artist in style, throwing a mid-month party complete with DJs and snacks (we’re drooling just thinking about the cheesy fries).

The series kicks off with work from Austinite Jason Archer, a multi-talented illustrator who’s spent time as an art director, graphic designer and short film animator (Waking Life, A Scanner Darkly). He’s also spent time behind the camera directing music videos for David Byrne, White Denim and Juanes and the Black Eyed Peas.

Archer recently earned both the MTV Video of the Year Award and the Latin Grammy for Best Music Video and an an Emmy nomination, for Mexican rockers Molotov’s “Frijolero,” a brightly animated clip with a distinctly Latin flavor. 

The piece Archer debuts this September at Frank will feature Roel, a character from his recent “Jesus Cornbread and the Alcoholics” collection.

Stop by on the 1st for a first look at the installation process (as if you needed another excuse to stop by and sample Frank’s menu of artisan sausage and bacon-infused desserts). 

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Photo by Jessica Pages
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Photo by Jessica Pages