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The Pop Up Project

pop up project logoThe Pop Up Project aims to further the dialogue between NorthPark Center's world-class art collection and the surrounding art community. Inspired by the concept of pop-up stores—temporary spaces that introduce young, up-and-coming brands to a new audience—The Pop Up Project engages a rotating roster of contemporary artists living, working, and/or exhibiting in Texas, providing them with two-dimensional spaces to activate throughout the year. As new, vibrant works continue to "pop up" throughout the year at NorthPark, we hope you enjoy discovering, participating, and interacting with this initiative, including tagging your photos on social media with #PopUpProjectNP.



kalee appleton pop up project

American. Lives and works in Fort Worth, Texas. Instagram: @kaleeappleton
Autumn Leaves, V2, 2015, altered 2021

By manipulating the HEX code of the digital photograph, Autumn Leaves is distorted and skewed creating a chaotic, colorful image. This manipulation speaks to the medium of photography's transition from analog to digital. The digital nature of this "new" type of photography or the basis in which it is composed, digital code, and the manipulation of this code, creates a conversation about our transitioning dependency on digital technology. 

Kalee Appleton is a photography-based artist and assistant professor of photography at Texas Christian University in Fort Worth, Texas. Originally from Hobbs, New Mexico, she attended Texas Tech University, where she received an MFA in Photography in 2014. Kalee’s work deals with the digital technologies and their effects on society and the landscape. She has exhibited her artwork at galleries nationally, including Filter Photo Space, Photo Spiva, Houston Center for Photography, and Fotofest Inc. She is represented by Erin Cluley Gallery in Dallas, Texas.

This piece is located on Level One in Dillard's Court. 

sara cardona pop up project

Mexican. Lives and works in Dallas, Texas. Instagram: @tintaseca
Miles and Miles of Texas, 2021

Miles and Miles of Texas is titled after the classic song by Hank Williams Sr. The work is a composite of fragments of artworks by other twentieth century male artists famously revered for their muscular painting. Accompanying these are detritus from topographical and geological maps, electronic filaments, skyscapes, and other items Cardona associates with the complexity of Texas mythology. It is a homage and assimilation of a space that is real and psychological, which informs her psyche on a daily basis.

Sara Cardona was born in Mexico City and currently lives and works in Dallas, Texas. She uses the analog process of cut-and-paste to create collages in the tradition of early twentieth century assemblage and in a nod to the editing process of film. These collages then become the foundation for large scale sculptures in paper and metal, which are inspired by the idea of distributive human networks of capital and consumption. As an artist who grew up in a family involved in the film and theater industry, her work is informed by the intersection of artifice, spectacle, photography, and scenic construction. Her work is on exhibition in summer 2021 at the Erin Cluley Gallery and in Texas Women: A New History of Abstract Art at The San Antonio Museum of Art. She is a recipient of the 2020 Nasher Artist Grant and a past recipient of the Dallas Museum of Art Kimbrough Award, as well as a C3 Visiting Artist at the Dallas Museum of Art. Cardona studied at the Kansas City Art Institute, received her BA from UT Austin, her MFA from Tyler School of Art in Philadelphia, and attended the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture in Skowhegan, ME.

This piece is located on Level Two between Nordstrom and Macy's.

donofrio pop up project

American, b. 1991. Lives and works in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Instagram: @StephenADOnofrio
Shopping Center Still Life, 2019

In his work, Stephen D'Onofrio explores the relationship between physical spaces and the objects we fill them with. He frequently appropriates the visual language that accompanies mass-produced objects, drawing extensively from domestic decorative elements, such as imported vases or printed wallpaper.

In his most recent series, the artist has taken an interest in still-life painting and its trajectory from 17th century Dutch masters to the present day portrayals of assembly-line production in today's economy. He disassembles the classical composition of a still life, edging toward abstraction. Through his collision and dissection imagery, he offers a critique of the hyper-commodified art object.

This piece is located on Level One near Macy's.

lucia hierro northpark

American. Lives and works in New York City, New York. Instagram: @lucia_hierro_
Kitchen Still Life with Yoryi Morel, 2019

Born and raised in Washington Heights, a predominately Dominican neighborhood that sits above West Harlem, Dominican-American artist Lucia Hierro focuses on her experience in New York City and her Dominican roots. Throughout her body of work, the artist explores themes related to class, ethnicity, gender, taste, and privilege via ordinary objects rescaled and recontextualized. 

Hierro often transforms everyday items consumed by society—magazines, rubber gloves, plastic bottles, apples—into monumental relics. In Kitchen Still Life with Yoryi Morel, Hierro juxtaposes conventional objects that imply a sense of mass production (such as a plastic shopping bag) with highly contrasting items that signify singularity and the handmade (a reproduction of a painting by Dominican artist Yoryi Morel or a hand painted figurine). The intermixing and overlapping of such objects with certain implied signifiers, on view for the public to "consume," perhaps encourages a questioning of our preconcieved notions related to these material objects and, more generally the products that define commodity, consumerism, and culture.

Hierro received a BFA from SUNY Purchase in 2010 and an MFA from Yale School of Art in 2013. Her work has been included in solo and group exhibitions at the Bronx Museum of the Arts, Sugar Hill Children's Museum of Art and Storytelling, and Elizabeth Dee Gallery, all in New York; Casa Quién, Santo Domingo; the Museum of African Diaspora, San Francisco; Jeffery Deitch, Los Angeles; and most recently Sean Horton (presents), Dallas. Her work is a part of the JP Morgan Chase art collection and the Rennie collection in Vancouver.

Hierro debuted her artwork in Texas for the first time during her exhibition at Sean Horton (presents) in 2019. Sean Horton (presents) is the recent project of Sean Horton, who founded and directed galleries in New York and Berlin, beginning with Sunday L.E.S. on the Lower East Side of Manhattan in 2006. Horton Gallery realized more than 150 exhibitions, art-fair presentations, and offsite projects around the world. A native of North Texas, Horton has made Dallas his center of operations. Horton Gallery has been a member of the New Art Dealers Alliance (NADA) since 2008 and has participated in NADA Miami, NADA New York, The Armory Show, Art Brussels, Independent Brussels, Untitled Art Fair, and the Dallas Art Fair, among others. 

This piece is located on Level One in NorthCourt. Read an exclusive interview with Hierro on our blog.


lucas martell northpark

American, b. 1984. Lives and works in Dallas, Texas. Instagram: @l._.martell
Lineage, 2020

Lucas Martell primarily works in traditional paint mediums, using conventional methods. For this digitally collaged piece, he focuses on bold gestural marks from his watercolor paintings. Layers, viscosity, translucence, opacity, and saturation define this composition and highlight detailed fragments of his skillful works. Fluid in ways language cannot be, Martell communicates through paint. He manipulates the medium like a balancing art, influenced by memorized pictures and fantastical scenarios. Elastic imagery is interrupted by paint viscosity, synthesizing or suspending thoughts, like a still frame, accentuating details. 

Martell is a native of Oak Cliff, Texas. He completed his Bachelor of Fine Arts at the University of North Texas and received a Master of Fine Arts from the University of Dallas. Martell's work has been included in numerous exhibitions and is part of public and private collections.

This piece is located on Level Two behind the AMC Ticket Counter. Read an exclusive interview with Martell on our blog.


keer tanchak

Canadian, b. 1977. Lives and work in Dallas, Texas. Instagram: @keertanchak
what's she building in there?, 2020

Combining three separate paintings Keer Tanchak made between 2014-2019, what's she building in there? is a digital collage about theatrical immersion. Toying with themes of audience, subject, and super-cute puppies, Tanchak has placed our heroes inside Drottningholm Theatre, a 260-year-old Swedish opera house known for its original stage machinery.

Tanchak is a Canadian artist whose work consists of hand-cut paintings on aluminum and paper. She received her MFA from the School of Art Institute of Chicago in 2003 and a BFA from Concordia University in Montreal in 2000. Tanchak won the Artist Fellowship Award from the Illinois Arts Council and the Brucebo residency in Visby, Sweden. She has exhibited extensively in Canada and the US as well as London, Switzerland, Dubai, and Mexico. In 2017, she was included in the Texas Biennial and also had a solo exhibition at the Dallas Contemporary. Her next show will be at 12.26 in Dallas in April 2021.

This piece is located on Level One near Dillard's.


shane tolbert northpark pop up

American, b. 1985. Lives and works in Santa Fe, New Mexico. Instagram: @shane__tolbert
After Elsie, 2019
Design credit: Shail Shah

Shane Tolbert's explorations are concerned with the process of materiality of painting, and the way images can be made by relying on chance, unorthodox materials, and gesture. Although his work builds on a premise of color field painting, the techniques Tolbert employs are far from traditional. He begins by thinning down acrylic paint which pools and flows on plastic sheeting. Once dry, the stains imprinted on the sheeting are applied to canvas using more wet paint as a binder. After allowing the plastic to dry on the canvas, Tolbert then removes it and what is left behind is the intact painted gesture, imprinted with the textural language of ripples and folds inherent to the plastic. 

Tolbert's recent work on found objects shows a growing consciousness of the ecological impact of his studio practice, but also a new interest in the signs of embedded meaning and the history of discarded building material and refuse. The rough cuts, sun bleaching, drilled holes, and gear impressions on the face of the honeycomb cardboard boxes become an integral part of the paintings' formal language, as well as suggesting other, more inaccessible past lives of objects. The colors of the New Mexican high desert allude to Tolbert's practice of walks and hikes, and his interest in geological time. 

This piece is located on Level Two between Nordstrom and Macy's. Read an exclusive interview with Tolbert on our blog. 


shane tolbert red northpark

American, b. 1985. Lives and works in Santa Fe, New Mexico. Instagram: @shane__tolbert
Red Composition, 2019
Design credit: Shail Shah

This piece is located on Level One between Nordstrom and Macy's.


carrie mae weems

American, b. 1953. Lives and works in Fort Greene, Brooklyn, and Syracuse, New York. Instagram: @carriemaeweems

This piece is located on Level One near Dillard's. For more information on the RESIST COVID / TAKE 6! initiative, read our blog and download the map.


carrie mae weems

American, b. 1953. Lives and works in Fort Greene, Brooklyn, and Syracuse, New York. Instagram: @carriemaeweems

This piece is located on Level One between Neiman Marcus and Nordstrom. For more information on the RESIST COVID / TAKE 6! initiative, read our blog and download the map.


carrie mae weems

American, b. 1953. Lives and works in Fort Greene, Brooklyn, and Syracuse, New York. Instagram: @carriemaeweems

This piece is located on Level Two near Macy's. For more information on the RESIST COVID / TAKE 6! initiative, read our blog and download the map.


carrie mae weems

American, b. 1953. Lives and works in Fort Greene, Brooklyn, and Syracuse, New York. Instagram: @carriemaeweems

This piece is located on Level Two near Macy's. For more information on the RESIST COVID / TAKE 6! initiative, read our blog and download the map.



leah flook art

American, b. 1993. Lives and works in Dallas, Texas. Instagram: @LeahFlookU
Space Gaze, 2019

Leah Flook is interested in the meanings behind religious tapestries and still-lifes, often exploring and reworking their symbologies within her work. These genres are known for portraying thoughts of mortality. For example, a candle slowly burning marks the passage of time, wilting flowers show our bodies' fragility, and a skull reminds us of our soul's eventual departure from our physical beings. Flook integrates these themes within her work to create what she considers an arena for "battles" to take place between multiple opponents. When creating these arenas, Flook things about a space in which physical confines are eliminated and where thoughts can be explored freely. 


luke herndon northpark pop up project

American, b. 1979 in Dallas. Lives and works in Los Angeles, California. Instagram: @lukeharnden
Garden, 2019

Garden by Luke Harnden integrates themes found in his paintings and sculptural objects into a site-specific, digital mural. Flowers have long been incorporated into artworks in order to address a wide range of themes—from aesthetic beauty, vulnerability, and sentimentality, to symbols of triviality or banality. In Garden, Harnden removes the image of a flower from its original context, as a photograph featured in a National Geographic magazine that classified certain flowering plants; in its repurposed form, the viewer may question whether the floral pattern in Garden refers to an act of cultivation and maintenance, or the playful state of a wild garden.

The image itself is comprised of a complex arrangement of four lenticular layers (cyan, magenta, yellow, and black) that are then combined to loosely recreate the original gray color palette. These layers and their interaction compete with the original imagery of the photograph, creating a prismatic tension between the reception of an overall image and the structure which holds it in place. 

Harnden is an American contemporary artist working in painting, scultpure, and video. Harnden's work incorporates installation, found images, objects, and process-based sculpture and painting. He has exhibited regionally and nationally and was a founding member of the artist run cooperative project known as Beefhaus in Dallas (2013-2016). Harnden received an MFA from the California Institute of the Arts in 2019. 


rachel livedalen

American, b. 1988. Lives and works in Fort Worth, Texas. Instagram: @rachellivedalen
23 Athens, Acropolis. The Erechtheion. View from the south, 2020

In her recent work, Rachel Livedalen interprets Greco-Roman sculpture as a metaphor for the construction of western history and culture, questioning the artificiality, idealization, and romanticism of these representations. On top of art historical images, she superimposes imagery from contemporary "girl" culture by referencing cultural ephemera from her adolescence. These include stickers, makeup palettes, or doodle-like drawings. Her work investigates our understanding of visual information both from academic art history and popular culture relating to beauty and feminine representation.

For her Pop Up mural, Livedalen juxtaposes an image of The Erechtheion in Athens with a haze of floral shapes and color palettes. These palettes reference how color is organized in both commercial art kits and cosmetic products, thus marrying the relationship between two distinct pursuits of beauty. 

Livedalen's creative practice explores representations of femininity through the lens of art history, visual culture, and commodification. She earned her BA from the University of Virginia and her MFA in Printmaking from the University of Iowa. Livedalen is currently an Associate Professor at Texas Christian University and heads the printmaking area. Her work has been supported by residencies at the Kala Art Institute and A&H Museums-Maitlan, as well as by the artist program at Eastern State Penitentiary in Philadelphia. She exhibits her interdisciplinary work widely and is represented by Erin Cluley Gallery.


pop up project negroni

Puerto Rican, b. 1979. Lives and works in Dallas, Texas. Instagram: @_n_e_g_r_o_n_i_
Archipelagos Series, 2015-Ongoing

Since arriving in the United States, Puerto Rican artist Juan Alberto Negroni is often asked where he comes from, why he moved to Dallas, and how his native land compares to Texas. Despite his willingness to explain Puerto Rico's deep political, religious, and cultural history, he frequently finds that there are certain topics that words cannot properly describe. Through his artwork, Negroni has developed a visual language that mimics the multilayering of such answers and the idiosyncrasies of his homeland.

The imagery within the Archipelagos Series evokes a sense of distance inherent to displacement and the loss of one's identity, along with the quest to reclaim and recover it. Negroni states, "While working on this series, I was looking at Puerto Rico from a geographical and ideological distance." Some of the collages suggest an abstracted representation of a bird's eye view of an island, each seeming to float aimlessly atop the ocean's surface, while others may suggest a removed depiction of Puerto Rico's native vegetation. By portraying these concepts with the use of vibrant color combinations and dynamic compositions, Negroni comments on the folkloric, preconceived, often-flawed ideas society maintains toward other countries and cultures.


john pomara northpark

American. Lives and works in Dallas, Texas. Instagram: @johnpomara
Flower-power2, 2020

John Pomara is interested in the human element of technology. His abstracted digital images depict blurs, glitches, and printing imperfections, contradicting our vision of modern technology as seamless, cold, and rational. Inspired by entropy and mechanical failure, Pomara uses apps, disrupted coding, printer errs, and the Internet to create visual representations of error. These new flower forms are disrupted into an abstraction to see beauty in a new way reflective of the vernacular of computer technology.

Pomara's work has been featured in numerous exhibitions both nationally and internationally, including a solo exhibition at Barry Whistler Gallery in Dallas, exhibitions at the Dallas Museum of Art, the Museum of Fine Arts Houston, and the Meadows Museum; he has also shown extensively in solo and group exhibitions in New York, Chicago, Miami, Los Angeles, and London. His work has been written about critically in major art journals and magazines such as Flash ArtARTFORUM, Art in America, Art News, Art Papers, and The New Art Examiner.


carrie mae weems

American, b. 1953. Lives and works in Fort Greene, Brooklyn, and Syracuse, New York. Instagram: @carriemaeweems

This piece is located on Level One near Dillard's. For more information on the RESIST COVID / TAKE 6! initiative, read our blog.


zeke williams art

American, b. 1979. Lives and works in Dallas, Texas. Instagram: @ZekeWilliams
Athor/Laurentia, 2019

Zeke Williams begins his digital creations in the gaming app "Noby Noby Boy" to create unique compositions. The designs continue to evolve in Adobe Illustrator, where the outlines are filled with prints either remixed or originally created by Williams. In his studio practice, each original work is printed onto canvas and presented as a continuous diptych or triptych. In Athor/Laurentia, Williams partnered with a fabricator to produce and install the designs in vinyl. Working in an exclusively digital format, Williams sees the possibilities for his artwork to become infinite, eliminating limitations often present in other classical mediums. 


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