Décopolis: the talent of others is a new pop-up shop organized by Mickalene Thomas and The Proposition. The installation showcases work by several artists surrounded by Mickalene’s customized furniture and decorative objects with shag rugs and wood paneling. While viewing the exhibition and installation you can try on shoes designed by Mickalene. She teamed up with Brother Vellies to create a limited edition five piece collection of handmade desert boots. The boots, called vellies, have colorful and elaborate combinations of patterned fabrics, fur and hides.
The pop-up shop is located at 2 Extra Place, New York, NY, the hours are 12-6pm, it will be open until February 24th.
The group of artists working in various mediums include:
David Antonio Cruz presents two paintings from his Chocolate series in addition to a collection of small drawings merging the infamous Roger Casement’s body and the subjects of his long time photo documentations, which were taken during his stay in the Congo and Brazil
Roddy Fitzgerald combines realism and classicism to create stories that represent the contemporary human experience.
Jayson Keeling creates artwork that provokes and dismantles pop iconography and the accepted politics of sex, gender, race, and religion by pitting them against the aggressiveness of youth culture.
Elisabeth Gaffaney photographs her surrounding environment focusing on texture, composition and the opulent natural colors that occur in the everyday.
Vincent Oquendo extracts and pieces together makeup looks from different iconic women and reinvents them in a modern way on his muse.
Brother Vellies present Velskoen, pronounced “fell-skoon” and known colloquially as “vellies,” — the ancestor of the modern-day desert boot. Their velskoen are made in the coastal town of Swakopmund, Namibia, where a small group of eight Damara gentlemen assemble every shoe by hand, turning out just 20 pairs an afternoon.
Nina Ziefvert (NINA Z) reintroduces the iconic Swedish clog to the metropolitan market. Her raw yet feminine and functional designs are inspired by her Swedish heritage, global travels and life in Brooklyn.