kohei nawa

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Kohei Nawa 名和晃平 (Japanese, b. 1975, Osaka, Japan) - From PixCell series in which an image is encapsulated in a layer of spherical cells. This process homogenizes the surface texture and depth perception for each piece. Each sphere differs in size thus  allowing one to simultaneously see different details within it.

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Kohei Nawa (b.1975, Japan) - Pixcell (2010-13)

Japanese artist 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 composite of taxidermied animal and crystal beads is like a completely new organism that entirely deconstructs the initial color, texture and form of the original taxidermied animal and creates a new experience. While the beads in different sizes seem to interfere with the precise reading of the subject, they gain a new function as lens, maximizing color and form, and seducing the viewer. This reminds the viewer that the world which the human senses perceive as the truth is actually ambiguous and uncertain. Through an extensive medium of expression, Kohei Nawa sheds light on the human desire to embrace, cherish and possess the uncertainty. (src. Arario Gallery) © All images courtesy of the artist

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