How Are You?, 2021
Artist Sohhee Oh is showing her work "How Are You?" at our shop!
The public art project, “How Are You?” collects stories of individuals and captures their quarantine places which were greatly altered to accommodate their life and work during this critical time. Transforming these conversations into visual form within the structure of cardboard boxes. They function like miniature diagrams of private lives. Stacked together in a storefront for public view, these open boxes are “visual conversations” as if one might overhear on the street, giving passers-by reason to pause and slow down. Instead of focusing on the emptiness of the store, and the loss of retail activity, it invites us to connect to individuals, even strangers through our imagination and shared humanity.
These theatrical scenes of private places and memories are interpretations by the artist based on interviews with participants and the photographs they provide. The conversations will be documented and posted online, and can be accessed by scanning a QR code on the storefront window. After each conversation the participant has introduced the next person to participate, activating a change of friends, families and acquaintances and highlighting how we are all connected in a wide reaching, diverse, and dynamic set of relationships in the city.
“How Are You?” The gateway question that often leads to conversations, stories, and deepening of relationships. This commonly used phrase is also the name of our current in-store event, and public art project by artist Sohhee Oh. This collection showcases the quarantine settings of individuals in the visual form of cardboard boxes, along with their dialogues. Visitors will be able to access these conversations online by scanning a QR code on our storefront window.
If you’re in the Williamsburg area, drop by, shop with us, and experience our first artist partnership in-person. Otherwise, find out more about “How Are You?” online here.