RAY-MART to Hold First Location on Friday the 13th, October in Denver
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
Ray-Mart will arrive for the first time in Colorado. We invite you to participate in this ammersive experience of installations by the artist and team.
DENVER, CO - OCTOBER 13th, 2017 - Ray-Mart has made it official: the alien satirical store will be opening one popup location on Friday, Oct 13th at The Temple / PlatteForum in Denver for the first time. It has been over 5 years since the last show in Denver by founder Ray Young Chu.
The opening will be in the 4000 sf space of PlatteForum, which is a non-profit residency and youth program in The Temple. The theme of Ray-Mart #7 is Swap Meet Halloween Edition Style on Oct, Friday the 13th. The many new smells, sounds and aromas of Ray-Mart #7 will be there with representation by Birdy Magazine and food by Five Points Falafel Club, Kayvan Khalatbari and Sexy Pizza and Bar Proceeds will go to the Solar Panel Fund for The Temple space. This historic Temple space formerly was a synagogue which later hosted raves where Black Flag and Nirvana performed at. It will be filled with store items, large paintings, merchandise and things you would find at a swap meet for aliens and ghosts.
Featured Guest Artists include: Mark Bueno and Harrison Nealy. Some of the spaces throughout the 21,000 sf The Temple will participate as well. Costumes welcome. This insulation will be up for one night only.
Ray-Mart is a living art sculpture. It organically changes as people walk into the installation. The store grows as it interacts. Customers get the emotions, smells, tastes, sounds and reality visuals of each Ray-Mart. It is an 'ammersive' interactive experience feeding from its surroundings and giving to all the senses. Enjoy Refreshing Ray-Mart.
To describe Ray-Mart, it is like a North meets South Korean swap meet mixed with a Christian Thrift and bong store found in space. It is a human gift shop for aliens. Every single item is for sale including the shelfs and for "the right price, not the cheapest price" you can purchase the whole installation. It's not a convenient store but rather an inconvenient store. There may be many questions. They may or may not be answered. Also featuring the soundtrack of Ray-Mart. What does a store play for aliens who like human auditory art? This is the soundtrack of Ray-Mart.
Ray after taking too many edibles: (At RAY-MART 2017-09th-Sept)
Made by Wesley Trung Nguyen (@abluerdonjuan)
RAY-MART #6 OPENING NIGHT (for 24 Hours)
W: 2017, Oct. 06th, 5PM through Oct. 07th, 5PM.
E: Installation will be up for till Oct. 15th Only. Contact Dateline Art Space for appointment.
L: 3004 Larimer St Denver, Colorado, CO 80205
P: (303) 505-2127
RAY-MART #7 OPENING NIGHT
W: 2017, Oct. 13th, 8PM through 11PM.
E: Installation will be up for One Night Only.
W: The Temple
L: 2400 Curtis Street, Denver, CO 80205
P: (720) 236-6662
OUR CURRENT SPONSORS:
- BIRDY MAGAZINE
- 5 POINTS FALAFEL CLUB: Vegan. Life preserving.
- SEXY PIZZA: High quality pizza with social activism.
- THE TEMPLE: Bar Proceeds go to the Solar Panel Fund for The Temple space.
- APOTHECANNA: To spread the wisdom of traditional plant medicine.
ABOUT RAY YOUNG CHU
Ray Young Chu's grandfather was a missionary from North Korea and was taken away by North Korean soldiers when his dad was six. They never saw him again and migrated to South Korea. Ray was later born in 1978 and raised in Thornton, Colorado when it was a small suburban town. In high school he got expelled for doing an illegal graffiti mural on the school. After high school while getting his B.F.A. for communication design from Metro State College of Denver (now University) he worked at a Nuclear power plant. During this time is when he wanted to become an overseas missionary. Years later, Ray is currently living and working in Los Angeles, CA. At this time, he's not sure about the universe.
Ray's art work can be seen on "Workaholics" television show and NCIS: Los Angeles where Ray and his girlfriend are acting as fans in the gallery with all of his work.
Ray Young Chu Studio Visit 2017-08-01
HISTORY OF RAY-MART
Ray Young Chu started selling his collectibles online in 2010 as Ray-Mart. In December 2016 the first physical inception was born. Each Ray-Mart is numbered chronologically not by theme or location.
RAY-MART #1a: Table Stand. Super Chief Gallery popup at Platform in Culver City, CA. 2016-December 15.
RAY-MART #1b: Wall with Sign and Product. The Hive Gallery, downtown Los Angeles, CA. 2017-May
RAY-MART #2: Wall with Lightbox Sign and Product. Bloodygums Room at Super Chief Gallery 5 Year Anniversary, Skid Row, Los Angeles, CA. 2017-June 03.
RAY-MART #3: Outdoor Table Stand. "Meet Grimey" Infinity Room at Delicious Pizza, West Adams, Los Angeles, CA. 2017-July 01.
RAY-MART #4: Wall Display. Deladeso's "Grimey's Room" at Leimin Space, Chinatown, Los Angeles, CA. 2017 July 15.
RAY-MART #5: 300 SF Store. Drinkin' Smokin' Westcoastin' at Thinktank Gallery, Garment District Downtown, Los Angeles, CA. 2017 August 19th - September 23rd.
RAY-MART #6: 300 SF. Dateline Art Space, Rhino District, Denver, CO. 2017, October 06. First opening for
RAY-MART #7: 4000 SF Halloween Edition. The Temple, Five Points, Denver, CO. 2017, October 13.
WHAT OTHERS ARE SAYING
"I Betcha' Got it At Ray-Mart!" - @Abars from @BloodyGums Collective.
"You can get lifted in Ray-Mart, but don't lift in Ray-Mart." - Jacob Patterson of Thinktank Gallery
"One of the installations comes from Korean-American artist Ray Young Chu. The surreal street artist has built a full-scale version of a Korean liquor store from 1992, but replete with satire and extra-terrestrial influence (he has appropriately dubbed the piece "Ray-Mart")." - Annie Lloyd for LAist
Korean-American artist Ray Young Chu’s Ray-Mart installation is a satirical re-creation of a Korean liquor store, filled with a bizarre array of found objects... - Ethan Varian for LA Weekly
"It's Glitchy!" - Carlos Ramirez
"It's an Inconvenience Store." - I Forget Their Name
"It's like a store for aliens but selling items for humans." - Wesley @ABluerDonJuan
"It's a Human Gift Shop!" - B
"Its a bootleg of a bootleg!" - Randal Kirk II
"Ray-Mart taught me to follow the light inside the darkness and turn it off because it's wasteful." - @deladeso
"It's a store inside a store" - CM
"It's like entering into a Plot Line!" - Jed
"Give it away, give it away, give it away now" - @Abars of @BloodyGums
"Give it away, give it away, give it away now...With some purchases at Ray-Mart." - revised by Ray
"Give it to Ray, Give it to Ray, Give it to Ray Now" - revised by Dino Nama
"Reminds me of a Bushwick NY Bodega on Ray Standard Time (RST)" - HotDana
"The wall of Ray-Mart" - HotDana but revised by Ray
"Have a great life at Ray-Mart" - Coby Ashpis, Lead Demonstrator Engineer at Ray-Mart
PICTURES BELOW BY WILLIE GOMEZ
FOR MORE INFORMATION:
Contact Details: Ray Young Chu, info@RayYoungChu.com
Social: @RayYoungChu / @StartYourCartwithRayMart