Ki Ho Park | Everything Must Go
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Everything Must Go

During my MFA studies in 2008-2010 at RISD, I started documenting empty storefronts from the economic decline in the United States. Of course the stores represented economic failure, but beyond that, they evoked the poetry of human sorrow. These empty stores awaited a new purpose, seeking new occupants, but unfortunately, the waiting was far longer than anyone expected. These vacant buildings began to show premature signs of decay and created the “dying urban landscapes.”

Photographing empty storefront in St. Louis

Exit, Wheeling, WV

Reflection, New Bedford, MA
Ducks, Las Vegas, NV
Boat’s Word, Warwick, RI

Linens’n Things, Bangor, ME
Cadillac Dealership,  Wheeling, WV 
Vacant Store, New York City
Locker room, Pawtucket, RI
Everything Must Go, Seekonk, MA
Pinetree Reflection, Las Vegas, MV
Meat Cutter, Pawtucket, RI
eAuto Dealership, Closed for two years, East Providence, RI
Red Chair, Columbus, OH
Everything Must Go Exhibition, Kayafas, Boston, MA 2011

During my MFA studies in 2008-2010 at RISD, I started documenting empty storefronts from the economic decline in the U.S.. The stores spoke with a poetic trace about the businesses that closed their doors. These empty stores were at in vain, desperately looking for a new occupancy. Unfortunately, the waiting was far longer than anyone expected. And these vacant buildings began to show premature signs of decay and created the “dying urban landscapes.”