Psychedelic Robot 2.0, the immersive pop-up art gallery that just begs you to take a selfie, has landed back in Dallas for a sequel far superior to the original. The brainchild of Karen and Michael Bivins of the Bivins Gallery, the interactive exhibit is tucked away in a corner of Uptown's Crescent Court and isn't afraid to express itself with dazzling color, neon lights and pop culture imagery, creating one-of-a-kind backdrops for the perfect Instagram post (#PsychedelicRobot).
Featuring the mind-altering art of 21 artists from Dallas, New York, Los Angeles, Paris and Moscow, the exhibit showcases well-established artists, like assemblage movement pioneer Robert Hudson and newer artists making a name for themselves, such as the anonymous Omnibus.
Shannon Mcanally, also known as ThanxZoe, is one of several local artists represented in the 13,000-square-foot gallery, and her pieces are among the first your eye catches when you arrive. Take a closer look at the giant mushroom that greets you as you walk through the doors. Made from DVDs, CDs and vinyl records, Shannon's creation reflects light in every possible direction.
"Of all my pieces in the exhibit, that mushroom is my favorite," Shannon said. "It was inspired by a collection of old vinyl records I had left over from another piece and it's absolutely perfect for the psychedelic theme of the show."
Karen and Michael Bivins have always been collectors of art. But it wasn't until they were living in San Francisco about 20 years ago that they turned their passion into a second career for both of them.
"When we moved back to Dallas a few years ago, we were amazed at how much the local art scene had grown," Karen said. "It rivals anywhere else in the country. And we've always been bothered by how stuffy and pretentious art galleries can be. That's one of the reasons we started Psychedelic Robot – to help democratize art and make it available for everyone to enjoy. In the end, we've created this wonderful cultural happening that brings in people from every demographic."
Psychedelic Robot 2.0 is open now through Sept. 29. Tickets are $35 with discounts for military, seniors and children. Hours are Friday 5 to 11 p.m., Saturday 4 to 11 p.m., and Sunday 2 to 6 p.m.
Address: 500 Crescent Court, Suite 154, Dallas, Texas 75201