Avant-garde art and design brand Dee & Ricky took over Wallplay’s shop at The Hole, for the opening of their newest installation Luxury Beatdown.
In this new series of work, the twin brothers take inspiration from their childhood in Staten Island by playing with the use of luxury as a weapon. The custom gold dipped, anaconda skinned, fine oaks and powder coated weaponry filled the concept shop November 13th-30th.
Dee & Ricky’s first introduction to the art world occurred out of a chance partnership with Kehinde Wiley. Initially casting Dee & Ricky for a single portrait, the artist be- came so enamored with the twins’ sensibilities that he asked them to cast and style the rest of a series of portraits that would eventually be known as Black Light, an uniquely acclaimed series within Wiley’s work. The twins went on to host The Hole’s booth at Nada in 2011 called Déjà-Booth, where Kathy Grayson created two identical art fair booths right next to each other.
“The Luxury Beatdown series was inspired by fights we saw first-hand growing up in the projects of Arlington, Staten Island. People would use everyday items and turn them into weapons, like baseball bats, kitchen knives and other items of that nature. It wasn’t unusual to see drive-bys and stick-ups which we depicted in our art as well. We wanted to take this part of our life and combine it with the more luxurious part of the fashion world that kept us off the streets and out of trouble, ” says Dee & Ricky.
Luxury Beatdown expands on themes explored in their debut solo exhibition, Heartbreakers at Rox Gallery curated by Laura O’Reilly. Dee & Ricky continue to create their own reality by blurring lines, re-appropriating materials, and reimagining the visual world.