10 Years ago Ray Young Chu quit his day job to pursue what he felt he was put on earth to do… Create. 10 years before that I met Ray in elementary school and then was later reintroduced to him in High school. Over the years we’ve shared many things including graffiti crews, bourbon, and a love of art. Like many friends it was sad to see him leave Denver, but it has been even more fulfilling watching him flourish and crush new opportunities that wouldn’t have presented themselves had he not done so. I try to catch Ray every time I’m out in his hood, but am even more excited to have him back in ours.
December 3rd at Super Ordinary Gallery, Ray will be opening his first solo show in Denver since moving west. The show entitled ‘Beginning Before’ will be filled with work that spans a ten year career as a professional rad maker. Work from his early days created in Denver, after making a transition from being a fairly prominent graffiti artist. Work that was made in collaboration with others under ‘The Yummies’ moniker. Work from his design art collective ‘Chule’. And newer pieces created while the oceans breeze blew threw his magnificent hair along the coasts of southern Cali. Ray’s work has always made me laugh, made others laugh, and in a few rare but highly calculated instances pissed a few people off. Ray’s work is created with his heart, using his head and hands. His art is witty and sarcastic while still being fun or more often humorous. Beginning Before is just as much a visual journal as it is an artshow. Many of the pieces have not been exhibited publicly before, including photographs and other odds and ends that document his travels, adventures, and pursuits of the last ten years.
Beginning Before : Compilation artwork by : Ray Young Chu
Official Opening : December 3rd 7:00pm – 11:54pm
Super Ordinary Gallery : 3126 Larimer Street Denver, CO