FÌDATY 25 CAPSULE AT ROSSANA ORLANDI GALLERY, MILAN

FÌDATY 25 CAPSULE AT ROSSANA ORLANDI GALLERY, MILAN

FÌDATY 25 CAPSULE AT ROSSANA ORLANDI GALLERY, MILAN
On the occasion of 'Milano Design City', a hand-knotted rug created in collaboration with American artist Mickalene Thomas, will be on view at RO Gallery. Part of the exhibition FÌDATY 25 CAPSULE, curated by Rossana Orlandi. 

Titled Racquel Come to Me, the rug is adapted from a unique photo drawing collage created for specifically this project. The shape is irregular and free-form and combines visual elements that create a landscape of references from art history, popular culture and politics.

Thomas’ work stems from her long study of art history and classical genres of portraiture, landscape, and still life. Inspired by various sources that range from the 19th century Hudson river school to Édouard Manet, Alice Neel, and Romare Bearden, she has created a true signature style and continues to explore notions of beauty from a contemporary perspective infused with the more recent influences of popular culture and pop art, redefining contemporary ideas of portraiture. In combining traditional genres with African American female subjects, Thomas makes a case for opening up the conventional parameters of art history and culture. Thomas’s layered process of fragmentation, in which she begins with a photographic portrait and moves to collage and then on to painting, is the result of discreet borrowings from our twenty-first century language of mass culture. Strategically placed objects in her photographs come into sharper relief during the collage stage as deliberately exposed tape and abrupt lines between forms frame our perspective, focusing us on the distinct cultural languages that she puts on view. Mickalene Thomas first rug for Henzel Studio, titled Candy Crush, was unveiled at Barneys New York Madison Avenue during Frieze Art Fair in 2014.


Mickalene Thomas
Rossana Orlandi Gallery
Milano Design City

Rossana Orlandi Gallery
Via Matteo Bandello 14 / 16, Milan
September 28th - October 10th

Image: MICKALENE THOMAS, Racquel Come to Me, 2019, Hand knotted carpet, Wool, Lyocell, Linen & Silk