Many people come home from work and relax for a few minutes.
Won Kim isn’t one of them.
Neither are several artists whose works will be displayed in an exhibit that Kim is curating called “Multitaskers.”
The exhibit will debut at Nicky’s of Beverly on Friday, May 14.
Kim, a Beverly resident, said the exhibit will feature artists “from all walks of life,” who have full-time jobs and also create art full time.
Kim is a cook, DJ and passionate graffiti artist—and if he needs to have an extra cup of coffee to stay energized, he does it.
“You name it, I use it to my advantage,” Kim said. “That’s just the way my brain is wired. I just like doing things. I like being active and involved in things.”
“Multitaskers” will be displayed during the next three Friday evenings in the pop-up gallery in the garage at Nicky’s, 10500 S. Western Ave. The opening is from 5 to 9 p.m., with DJ John Simmons performing, and the following two Fridays, the exhibit will be open from 6 to 9 p.m.
It is also available by appointment.
The exhibit is part of Alliance Contemporary, a Beverly Area Arts Alliance gallery at Nicky’s that continues through September.
Kim will sell his works alongside Brian Morris, Lisa Gray, Anne Heisler, Katherine McCarthy, Raul Deleon and Sammy Faze.
They come from different facets of life, but they have the same passion for art.
“They’re full-time graphic designers and mixologists,” Kim said. “It’s a good mixture of media and fine art and different genres.”
Kim is a cook at Kimski, a Korean-Polish restaurant he operates in the Bridgeport neighborhood, and his artistic works can be seen throughout the city. He recently painted a mural on the patio at Horse Thief Hollow Brewing Co., 10426 S. Western Ave., and his works have been displayed at Two Mile Coffee Bar, on 99th Street and Walden Parkway. His murals also beautify outdoor dining areas in Wicker Park.
Kim might work for six or seven hours, head home, then serve as a DJ at a party that evening.
He said his interest in graffiti art came from growing up on the North Side, where he also developed a love for hip-hop. Those hobbies now help him make money.
“It’s something that’s viable and something that can help pay the bills,” Kim said. “The more time you put in, the better the outcome, in my opinion. I just like a lot of things.”
Kim became acquainted with The Alliance through Sal Campbell, who co-founded the non-profit seven years ago. He also participated in The Alliance’s winter “Pandemograms” exhibit, in which art was displayed on businesses’ front windows to inspire and comfort people during the pandemic. He said Campbell has been amazing in involving him in projects.
Campbell said Kim is a welcome addition to Alliance endeavors.
“He’s just so endlessly creative,” she said. “He has so much creative energy and is always willing to do these cool projects.”
She’s looking forward to the vibrant styles that will be part of “Multitaskers.”
“I’m excited to see it,” she said. “I know it’s going to be amazing.”
Alliance Contemporary will also host a blues festival and art show at Nicky’s called “Let’s Get Funky” on June 12.
An exhibit titled “Pushing Boundaries” will debut on July 17.
Alliance Contemporary opened with an exhibit called “This Place,” featuring works by Beverly resident Chantala Kommanivanh, in April. The garage space features two doors, as to create an open-air feel, and visitors can socialize both inside and out.
Nicky’s moved in at 105th and Western after completing renovations in January, and it has given the garage a music theme, with blues murals on the exterior.
Campbell said visitors have been pleasantly surprised with how the garage has been transformed.
“It’s been there a long time. It just needed to be looked at in a different way,” she said. “It kind of changes how you look at things around the neighborhood.”
For more information on Alliance Contemporary, visit The Beverly Area Arts Alliance website at beverlyarts.org.