POUGHKEEPSIE, NY — “Everything Must Go,” a solo exhibition by Dong Kyu Kim, opens Thursday, Jan. 27, with a reception from 5 to 7 p.m. at the Marist College Art Gallery in the Steel Plant Studios, 11 Beck Place.
Kim is a Los Angeles-based artist and fashion designer. Kim’s work in this exhibition is an exploration of the influence of fashion on the nation’s culture. His work is derived from items purchased weekly over the course of 17 months (from February 2018 to June 2019) from the Supreme boutique in New York City’s SoHo neighborhood.
The series contains garments and other hand-sewn works created with receipts, promotional stickers, clothing, vinyl shopping bags, and artifacts of the shopping experience. For Kim, the Supreme brand epitomizes the current state of the fashion market. After the
collapse of fast fashion, fashion retail has adopted the methodologies and strategies of the art market, such as creating value through deliberate and controlled production. Value is now generated through limited editions and distribution, brand collaborations, and the resale market.
The Supreme products in Kim’s work reflect this phenomenon. In addition, for Kim and other Asian consumers, Supreme has come to represent the ultimate example of New York and American fashion. In creating work for “Everything Must Go,” Kim strives to understand how the capitalist economic system influences people’s dreams and work ethics. He is also exploring his 30-year long fascination with American culture and fashion by questioning the source of his craving for brand-name fashion.
Kim is a mixed-media artist and fashion designer whose works are constructed of paper receipts, tickets, and other materials collected over the past 14 years since relocating to the United States. All his materials are sewn together by hand. Kim’s work explores his relationship to the United States, the concept of the American dream, and how individual lives are affected by transitions in global economic structures.
His work has been shown in museums and galleries throughout the United States and in South Korea. He received a 2021 New Jersey Individual Artist Fellowship Award from the New Jersey State Council on the Arts and his work has received awards from many institutions. They include the Florida State University Museum of Arts, Oklahoma State University, Minot State University in North Dakota and many others. He received a bachelor of fine arts degree in fashion design from Kookmin University in Seoul,
The exhibition runs through Sunday, Feb. 27. Gallery hours are 9 am to 6 pm Mondays through Fridays and 10 am to 4 pm weekends. As per local status, masks are required regardless of vaccination status.
For more information, call (845) 575-3000, ext. 3182.