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Thank you, Come again, 2007

Forget dumping your old fashion cast-offs at the nearest consignment store; why not turn them into art? Brooklyn artist Shinique Smith is doing just that, using old clothes to create mixed-media sculptures and installations. In one piece, cheekily coined "Thank You, Come Again," an ex-boyfriend's socks and shirts serve as Smith's raw material. Her solo exhibit, "All Purpose," at New York's Moti Hasson Gallery in Chelsea and will run through Dec. 29. Come February, the former graffiti artist will also participate in the "Recognize: Hip Hop and Contemporary Portraiture" showing at the Smithsonian.

Courtesy of the artist and Moti Hasson Gallery, New York