From KERA’s Art&Seek:
Dallas’ Southwest Center Mall is unconventional. It doesn’t have a bunch of anchor stores like Dillard’s or Macy’s. Those places have closed up shop. Instead a variety of mom and pop stores sell urban streetwear, cell phones and jewelry.
“Let’s be real,” says Nguyen. “It’s not super fancy or anything like that.”
She’s right. The mall’s not that fancy, but that’s okay because “Super Fantasy Mercado” is about inserting the work of Dallas artists into places they wouldn’t normally be.
“I think it’s really fun to take an audience that is used to a certain environment, feels safe, let’s say, in a certain environment, and take them out of the norm,” Nguyen says.
The pop-up shop has work from more than 40 Dallas-based artists and makers. Artwork hangs on walls in front of a former department store. Merchandise is displayed atop jewelry cases purchased from that store when it closed. You can pick up a zine. Or have an artist paint a sign just for you.