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PLASTMATIKS Takes Over Galeria Melissa

While you’re holiday shopping in Soho, be sure to stop by the fantastic Galeria Melissa store at 102 Greene St (those amazing plastic shoes that do crazy collabos with famous designers affordably) to see the latest from the brilliant brain of curator Natalie Kates– PLASTMATIKS, an all-encompassing exhibition that has taken over the store.

Melissa shoes presents: PLASMATIK - an art show curated by Natalie Kates

Inspired by the unconventional decadence of Melissa’s candy colors, PLASMATIKS transforms Soho’s Galeria Melissa into a burst of sculptural works that are a feast for the senses. Harmonizing withdc the collections around the store, the exhibition’s color palette is bold and juicy, sizzling with electricity. Each artwork chosen strays from the traditional, amped up and electrified to create a truly vivacious environment.

Melissa shoes presents: PLASMATIK - an art show curated by Natalie Kates Melissa shoes presents: PLASMATIK - an art show curated by Natalie Kates

PLASMATIKS is an all encompassing experience, greeting visitors at the door, and popping up in swirls of sparkling color throughout the store. In light of Melissa’s dedication to making fashion-forward footwear from an eco-friendly, innovative material like MELFLEX plastic, artists using new forms and new materials were chosen to echo the store’s dynamic designs. By straying from traditional painting, these artists use off beat elements like zip ties, neon, scanned crystals, pigmented resin and illuminated prisms to realize fantastical artist visions.

Melissa shoes presents: PLASMATIK - an art show curated by Natalie Kates

George Kroenert’s Big Bang Theory illuminates the window, and can be enjoyed by passersby long after the store is closed for the evening. Sam Tufnell’s Power Gnomes guard the door in luscious colors that look good enough to eat, while Sean Augustine March’s neon sculptures add punches of eye candy around the room. Tying in a decadent crystalline fantasy are Kirsten Kay Thoen’s sculptures, which includes a scanned-crystal pendulum that spirals to the lower level. Tapp Francke’s neon sign, The Rent Can Wait, reminds us why we’re all here- because nothing makes us feel better than a new pair of shoes.

Melissa shoes presents: PLASMATIK - an art show curated by Natalie Kates

PLASMATIKS celebrates all that is splashy and scintillating, the perfect complement to Melissa’s designer collections.

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