Hanae Kawai & Jia Zeng
City Storage River Street
May 11 – 13, 2018
Cell, is a two-person exhibition featuring the work of Hanae Kawai and Jia Zeng that runs from May 11th – 13th, 2018 in addition to May 18th and May 25th from 11:00 am – 5:00 pm. The opening reception will take place on May 11th from 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm. The location is City Storage River Street at 560 Indian Street, Savannah, GA. This event is free and open to the public.
*Boxes and plants may be taken away if you promise to take care of them for the rest of your life.
A Cell is the smallest unit of animals and plants. Another definition is that it is an embryo that has its own life. It also could mean an isolated and enclosed space. The industrial, climate-controlled storage warehouse, containing this exhibition, is a big space divided into small spaces with standard sizes and appearance. The walls are armored with steel. It is a depersonalized volume. The two artists exhibit their work in two of these cells in response to this idea of compartmentalization and captivity. They challenge the idea of exclusively storing things in these sealed rooms as well as the idea of museums as storage containers for art. Each artist exhibits an installation in separate storage units that includes plants, boxes, drawings, and diaries. Although their installations are aesthetically different, they have worked with a similar idea. The building is compartmentalized into smaller storage areas, of which ours contain even smaller units – mimicking the division and replication of cells within the confines of a larger organism. HK has made 200 boxes and JZ has acquired and cultivated a collection of flowerpots. HK started Gift Box project for her family and friends who live in Japan. All boxes are filled with collages of artwork, memories, and messages to them and people who have supported her in these four years. JZ has worked with planting wildflowers in and moving plants from the land to a pot every day. She wants to see whether the fresh plants will grow or die in the cell. The idea is to draw a contrast of the industrialized space and the nature.