Kohei Nawa, ‘Moment#76’, 2015, Japan Society Live

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Courtesy of the artist and SCAI THE BATHOUSE

Kohei Nawa is widely recognized for his highly empirical projects exploring “information, matter and energy” involving practices such as taxidermy and chemistry. His well-known PixCell-Deer #24 was featured in the Japan Society exhibition Bye Bye Kitty!!! (2011) and later in the collection of The Metropolitan Museum of Art. This painting from the Moment series, his first foray into two-dimensional work, was painted with the power of gravity. The artist applied black pigment that through the tip of a needle attached to a bottle, adjusting speed and density of the flow only by the pressure applied to the bottle in his hand. This exploration with speed of movement, direction and gravity is linked to Nawa’s Direction and Force series, where elements of physical phenomena and material existence are reduced to the variety of lines, curves and swirls. Like his PixCell series, these images also capture the way that fragmented information affects our sense of reality, space and time.
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About Kohei Nawa

In his distinctive practice, Kohei Nawa uses glass beads, prisms, glue, plaster, and spray foam to cover found objects, such that their original contours become variously distorted and magnified. The artist explains that through this process, “the existence of the object itself is replaced by ‘a husk of light’, and the new vision, ‘the cell of an image,’ is shown.” Fittingly his most recent series is titled “PixelCell” (2009-), for which the artist has used taxidermy animals, including deer, cheetahs, rabbits, and coyotes. Nawa has also founded an artist collective space dubbed “Sandwich,” through which he takes on mutli-disciplinary design projects. In 2011, he was approached by Rei Kawakubo to design headwear for Comme des Garcons’ Spring/Summer 2012 runway show.

Japanese, b. 1975, Osaka, Japan