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For the First Time, RAY-MART to Hold Two Popup Locations on Oct. 06 and 13th in Denver


Ray-Mart will arrive for the first time in Colorado and will be opening two popup locations. We invite you to participate in this immersive experience of installations by the artist and team. 

DENVER, CO - OCTOBER 6 and 13th, 2017 - Ray-Mart has made it official: the alien satirical store will be opening two popup locations on Friday, Oct 6th at DATELINE and Friday the 13th at The Temple in Denver for the first time. It has been over 5 years since the last show in Denver by founder Ray Young Chu.

The first opening of Ray-Mart (#6) will be at DATELINE planned to be open for the first 24 hours starting at Friday, Oct 6, 2017 at 5pm. The previous chronological Ray-Marts (#1-5) were all opened in Los Angeles. At DATELINE, there will be a strong theme on dinosaurs. The venue will be selling Ray Young Chu Dinosaur Art including: Dino DJ, Dino Haircuts, Dino Surfers, Dinobots, Dino Laser Cat Cone, Reading Dinosnug, Baby Dinosnug and more intermingled with lizards and other bizarre items. This installation will be up till October 15th, 2017 only. Please contact DATELINE for appointment / admission info. 

The second opening will be in the 4000 sf space of PlatteForum in The Temple with a theme of Swap Meet Halloween Edition on Oct, Friday the 13th. The many new smells and aromas of Ray-Mart (#7) will be there with vegan falafels by Five Points Falafel Club, Sexy Pizza, Aireloom Catering and Bar Proceeds will go to the Solar Panel Fund for The Temple space. This historic space that was a synagogue which later hosted raves and Black Flag and Nirvana performed at will be filled with store items, large paintings, merchandise and things you would find at a swap meet for aliens Halloween Edition. Featured artists include Mark Bueno, Jared David Paul, Harrison Nealy. Some of the spaces throughout the 21,000 sf The Temple will participate as well. This installation will be up for one night only. 

Ray-Mart is a living art sculpture. It organically changes as people participate in the installation. One may influence the owner to add items that were not yet imagined. The store grows as it lives. Customers get the emotions, smells, tastes, sounds and visuals of each Ray-Mart. It is an immersive interactive experience feeding from its surroundings and giving to all the senses.  

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 music soundtrack by Ray-Mart. What does a store play for aliens who like human music? This is the soundtrack by Ray-Mart. 


 LA WEEKLY Video Tour of RAY-MART #5: 2017 August 25th Friday Afternoon


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
W: http://ddaatteelliinnee.com/
P: (303) 505-2127

FREE with RSVP. After RSVPs are sold out, $5 at the door.


W: 2017, Oct. 13th, 8PM through 11PM.
E: Installation will be up for One Night Only.
W: The Temple
2400 Curtis Street, Denver, CO 80205
W: http://www.thetempledenver.org/ 
(720) 236-6662

FREE with RSVP. After RSVPS are sold out, $10 at the door.



- 5 POINTS FALAFEL CLUB: Vegan. Life preserving.
- BAR PROCEEDS: go to the Solar Panel Fund for The Temple space.


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. 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 (2017), Ray is 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

 Ray Young Chu Studio Visit 2017-08-01


Ray Young Chu started selling his collectibles online in 2010. In December 2016 was the first physical inception. Each Ray-Mart is numbered chronological not by theme or location.

RAY-MART #1: Table Stand. Super Chief Gallery popup at Platform in Culver City, CA. 2016-December 15. 

RAY-MART #2: Wall with Lightbox Sign and Product. Bloodygums Room at Super Chief Gallery, Skid Row, Los Angeles, CA. 2017-June 03. 

RAY-MART #3: Outdoor Table Stand. "Meet Grimey" Infinity Room at Delicious Pizza, West Adams, Los AngelesCA. 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.


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"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" - Dino Nama

"The wall of Shame-Mart" - HotDana

"The wall of Ray-Mart" - revised by Ray

"Have a great life at Ray-Mart" - Coby Ashpis, Lead Demonstrator Engineer at Ray-Mart





Contact Details: Ray Young Chu, info@RayYoungChu.com, 303-589-3131
Social: @RayYoungChu / @StartYourCartwithRayMart