The Selects x Cava Life
An exploration of art and design in SoHo!
The Selects’ roster of talent–ten up-and-coming Korean fashion designers–as well as a selection of Korean artists represented by CAVA, an art commerce group that the supports young Korean artists, have created a capsule of items that explore the concept of “packaging,” or “covering.” Each of the designers and artists has created objects interpreting their understanding of the concept, like a trench coat constructed with food packaging materials, a wearable garment bag, or pillow/cushion cases constructed out of sweatshirts. The items on view at the “Covered” installation will also be available for purchase, both at the exhibition and online following the opening event. The exhibition will be open to the public following the launch, through November 22nd.
THE SELECTS X CAVA LIFE Capsule Collection
Visitors will experience and interact with the collections at the exhibition, which is meant to create a thoughtful exploration of social and environmental issues surrounding packaging. The exhibit allows visitors to appreciate items that have become artwork in the hands of artists and designers. The Selects x CAVA LIFE exhibition has three components: The Art Pieces, The Digital Snack and The Bojagi. There will also be a micro-website (http://ca-va.city/) where guests will find an audio and visual guide for the experience.
THE ART PIECES
The ten fashion designers from The Selects, as well as eight CAVA artists, from different cultures and backgrounds in design, art, photography, architecture, and music, have worked under the concept of “Cover.” The result is a collection of art pieces that display each’s reinterpretation of this concept through their individual stories and colors.
THE SELECTS: 10 Korean Fashion Designers
Tae Yong Ko (Beyond Closet) – Tae Young Ko has designed a trench coat constructed with food packaging materials used for US military rations.
Jina Um & Byungmun Seo (Bmuette) – The designers have created a collaborative series called “Sounds” – graphic images by Meltmirror, which have been printed out and then vacuum-packed.
Ji Hyun Hwang & Sung Jun Cho (Hidden Forest Market) – The designers have created a suitcase covered by excess materials from the Spring-Summer 2020 collection.
Hye Young Shin (Wnderkammer) – Hye Young Shin created a travel-themed jacket, crafted using bubble wrap, for protecting things most fragile.
Dong Ho Ha (SWBD) – Dong Ho Ha has created a garment bag, for covering one’s most precious garments, featuring motifs from the SWBD Spring-Summer 2020 collection.
Chung Chung Lee (Lie) – Chung Chung Lee has created a wearable garment bag, emphasizing his masterful tailoring.
Seunghee Lee (Leyii) – Seunghee Lee has created a shoe case / travel kit constructed from fabrics and PVC materials.
Kathleen Kye (Kye) – Kye has created a cowboy hat intended to be worn over the face, as well as a series of embroidered face masks/scarves which conceals the wearer’s face.
Noah Nam (Nohant) – Noah Nam has created a series of cushions with coverings constructed out of current season sweaters and knitwear.
Hwan Heo (Heohwan) – Hwan Heo has created an exquisite jacket, covered with poured-on silicon.
THE DIGITAL SNACK
The digital snack zone lets visitors buy 22 digital works from a vending machine, including the sound works from musicians and video files of video artists. The vending machine carries the variety of “digital snacks”–which, when purchased, reveal the download codes for the sound/video files.
The Bojagi is a traditional Korean wrapping cloth commonly made from silk or ramie. Folklore suggests that Koreans believed that wrapping an object protected and brought good luck. Although a seemingly simple square fabric, bojagi can be used to wrap things, or used as a bag or scarf. A collection of 15 artists included painters, graphic designers and photographers had their work printed on a collection of bojagi for the event.
ABOUT: THE SELECTS
The Selects represents the top ten up-and-coming Korean designers and provides them with maximum exposure in the U.S. market. This initiative goes beyond fashion and will encompass Korean Creative Content in general. The Selects space in Soho hosts special events, pop-up stores, artistic collaborations ad exhibitions and more. With the combined mission of promoting Korea’s fashion talent while also creating a vibrant “go-to” location to experience Korean culture in NYC, this initiate is supported by the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism of the Republic of Korea (MCST) and the Korea Creative Content Agency (KOCCA) CAVA CAVA, an art commerce group bringing together young Korean artists that explores new artistic collaboration through technical innovation and works with over 96 select artists, who work in various medium. The work of the artists is available for purchase at CAVA’s online selects shop (www.ca-va.life).
During the opening on November 4th hours are 5-8pm; afterwards, opens starting at noon.Venue: The Selects
62 Greene St. Map
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