Kohei Nawa "Gush"

SCAI The Bathhouse

poster for Kohei Nawa "Gush"

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Kohei Nawa was born in Osaka in 1975. Since completing his Ph.D in fine art sculpture from Kyoto City University of Art in 2003, he has won several awards including the Kirin Art Award 2003, confirming his reputation as an up-and-coming young artist whose work is highly regarded both in Japan and overseas. Together with the influence of British sculpture derived from his experience as an exchange student at the Royal College of Art, one can also discern in Nawa's works the development of the Japanese sculptural approach of focusing on the "outer layer".
Nawa's sculpture series include works consisting of various objects purchased in Internet auctions, such as toys and stuffed animals, that the artist has covered with transparent glass beads or placed in prism boxes. His first contact with an object is through a keyword search on the internet when he comes face to face with its picture (its digital representation). Next, once the object has come into his hands, he experiences its actual physical presence. Then, by adding the effect of glass beads or a prism box, the object is presented as a work emerging from the new order of the information society. These works reveal the uncertainty of the position of reality between seeing and perception.
This solo exhibition at Scai the Bathhouse will feature an enhanced and newly developed version of the work "Scum", which was first exhibited at the 3rd Valencia Biennale, Spain, last year. Using materials such as polyurethane foam and glue, the work gushes out and wells up with such force that it seems to engulf the whole exhibition space.

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From 2006-01-20 To 2006-02-25

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Kohei Nawa

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