Installation, Sculpture

Kohei Nawa

Japan 1975

Installation, Sculpture

Kohei Nawa
Kohei Nawa
March 2, 2015
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Kohei Nawa is a famous Japanese artist who uses glass beads, prisms, glue, plaster, and spray foam to cover found objects, such that their original contours become variously distorted and magnified.

Nawa was born in 1975, in Osaka. Kohei Nawa received his BFA, MFA, and Ph.d. in Fine Arts from the Kyoto City University of Art. He is currently the Assistant Professor in Department of Fine Art at Kyoto University, and the director of the platform SANDWISH, a production house for art, design and architecture.

Kohei Nawa is acclaimed for his PixCell series, which is a word that integrates ‘pixel’, which demonstrates digital image resolution, and the biological ‘cell’. While the subject in each work connotes its own attributes such as weight, smell and color, its essence is lost or distorted through the production process in which glass, crystal and urethane coats covers its surface. PixCell-Deer, the representative work of the PixCell series, is the most celebrated work from the BEADS series that cover taxidermied animals with clear crystal beads.

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.

Having launched his artistic career in 1999, Nawa has participated in various group exhibitions including a show at SCAI The Bathhouse in 2004, Galerie Kashya Hildebrand in Switzerland in 2008, The Ueno Royal Museum in 2009, and Saatchi Gallery in London in 2010.

Nawa currently lives and works in in Kyoto, Japan.

YearExhibition TitleGallery/MuseumSolo/Group
2013Kohei NAWA 'MANIFOLD Arario Gallery, CheonanSolo
2012Kohei - TRANS, Cheonan Cheongdam, Arario Gallery, Cheonan; Cheongdam, KoreaSolo
2011Synthesis SCAI THE BATHHOUSE, Tokto, JapanSolo
2011Artists with ARARIO; part 1, 2012 Arario Gallery, Seoul cheongdam, KoreaGroup
2011Bye Bye Kitty Japan Society, New York, USAGroup
2010Busan Biennale Busan, KoreaGroup
2010Franks-Suss Collection Saatchi Gallery, London, UKGroup
2010Bangladesh Biennale BangladeshGroup
20096th Asia Pacific Triennale BrisbaneGroup
2009Cell Vera Munro, Hamburg (solo)Group
2009L_B_S Maison Hermes, Tokyo (solo)Group
2008Parallel World Museum of Contemporary Art TokyoGroup
2008Great New Wave: Contemporary Art from Japan Art Gallery of Greater Victoria, Art Gallery of Hamilton, CanadaGroup
2008Contemporary Museum Honolulu, HawaiiGroup
2008Miro Foundation Barcelona, SpainSolo
2008TORSO Nomart EditionProject Space, Osaka, JapanSolo
2007PixCell ierimonti gallery, Milan, ItalySolo
2007ArtScope 2005-2006 Daimler Chrysler Contemporary, BerlinGroup
2007Roppongi Crossing 2007 Mori Art Museum, TokyoGroup
2006AIR, Nomart Edition Project Space, Osaka, JapanSolo
2006Hydridity: The Evolution of Spaces and Spaces in 21st Century Art 21c Museum, Kentucky, USAGroup
2006Selection from the Hara Museumfs Permanent Collection Hara Museum ARC, Gunma, JapanGroup
2006Art Scope 2005-2006 Hara Museum, Tokyo, JapanGroup
2006Let's Go to the Museum! Enjoying Modern Art with Dick BrunaHara Museum ARC, Gunma, JapanGroup
2006Banquet: A Feast for the Senses Pacific Asia Museum, California, USAGroup
2006Rendez-vous project exhibition Spiral, Tokyo, JapanGroup
2006Amuseland 2007 Beautiful Dreamer Hokkaido Museum of Modern Art, Hokkaido, JapanGroup
2005show window art direction Maison Hermés, Tokyo, JapanSolo
2005Drawings studio J, Osaka, Japan (solo)Group
2005Diverse Ways of Happiness Japan Art Program Exhibition EXPO 2005 AICHI, Aichi, JapanGroup
2005Visualize-The history and the futurescape of visual mediaTokyo Metropolitan Museum of Photography, JapanGroup
2005ISCP open weekend ISCP studio, New YorkGroup
2005Nimbi and Penumbrae d.u.m.b.o. arts cente, New YorkGroup
2005Valencia Biennal Agua sin ti no soy Valencia, SpainGroup
2004multiples Nomart Edition Project Space, Osaka, JapanGroup
2004Sotto Kyoto Art Center, Kyoto, JapanGroup
2004Hi-energy field KPO KIRIN PLAZA, Osaka, JapanGroup
2004Cafe in Mito 2004, Art Tower Mito Contemporary art gallery, Ibaraki, JapanGroup
2004Hi-energy field Temporary contemporary, Tokyo, JapanGroup
2004Have We Met? Japan Foundation Forum, Tokyo, JapanGroup
20040409 science fiction INAX GALLERY 2, Tokyo, JapanSolo
2004catalyst, Nomart Edition Project Space, Osaka, JapanSolo
2004OSAKA - ART - KALEIDOSCOPE OSAKA 04, CASO, Osaka, JapanGroup
2004Premonition-S Gallery SOWAKA, Kyoto, JapanGroup
2003KIRIN ART AWARD 2003 Osaka KPO KIRIN PLAZA, Osaka, JapanGroup
2003Take Art Collection Spiral, Tokyo, JapanGroup
2003KIRIN ART AWARD 2003 Tokyo HILLSIDE FORUM, Tokyo, JapanGroup
2003Art Court Frontier 200 ARTCOURT Gallery, Osaka, JapanGroup
2003OMAMORI Gallery MARONIE, Kyoto, JapanGroup
2003trans- Kyoto Art Center, Kyoto, JapanGroup
2003Selected Artists in Kyoto Kyoto Cultural Museum, Kyoto, JapanGroup
2003CELL-osmosis UPLINK GALLERY, Tokyo, JapanSolo
2003PixCell Studio J, Osaka, Japan (solo)Group
2003PixCell Nomart EditionProject Space, Osaka, JapanSolo
2002Kyoto Art Map NAWA Kohei, Gallery MARONIE, Kyoto, JapanSolo
2002CELL, Nomart Edition Project Space, Osaka, JapanSolo
2002Art in CASO CASO, Osaka, JapanGroup
2001Image and Materiality, Nomart Edition Project Space, Osaka, JapanGroup
2001Boomerang Art Project Exhibition Saw You, GAK, Bremen, GermanyGroup
2001NOMART 01 CASO, Osaka, JapanGroup
2001Boomerang Art Project Report Gallery SOWAKA, Kyoto, JapanGroup
2001Art Synapse, NAWA Kohei Gallery MARONIE, Kyoto, JapanSolo
2000ANIMAZUMO Gallery SOWAKA, Kyoto, Japan (solo)Group
2000Boomerang Art Project First Throw, Galerie WeissRaum, Kyoto, JapanGroup
2000Art Synapse 2000 Gallery MARONIE, Kyoto, JapanGroup
2000Wool in Wool IWATE Koiwai Farm, Iwate, JapanGroup
2000Boomerang Art Project in Kyoto Kyoto Art Center, Kyoto, JapanGroup
2000FEEDBACK Gallery SOWAKA, Kyoto, JapanGroup