Kohei NAWA: PixCell-Red Deer

Art Artwork. Published by anonymous on Tuesday 22 July 2014.

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Year: 2012

PixCell-Red Deer is a stunning work from Nawa’s celebrated series, Beads, where he covers the entire surface of an object with clear glass beads.

The artist describes this process as transforming the object into a ‘shell of light’. The process results in the texture and colour of the object’s surface being absorbed and fragmented into countless cells, which become a collection of image elements, in other words, image cells or ‘PixCell’.

The title of the series integrates ‘pixel’, which demonstrates digital image resolution, and the biological ‘cell’. While the subject of each work in the series incorporates its own attributes such as weight, and colour, its essence is lost or distorted through the production process in which glass, crystal and urethane coats cover its surface.

Kohei Nawa is part of Japan’s new generation of artists. Over the last several years Nawa has exhibited at the Saatchi Gallery in London, the Joan Miro Foundation in Barcelona, The Mori Museum in Tokyo and SCAI the Bathhouse, also in Tokyo. Nawa was the subject of a large survey show at The Museum of Contemporary Art Tokyo in 2011, and his work was featured in the the 6th Asia Pacific Triennial of Contemporary Art, Gallery of Modern Art | Queensland Art Gallery. PixCell-Red Deer was recently presented at 2012 Art Basel Miami Beach.

PixCell-Red Deer is the most recent work to be donated from the bequest of Alfred Felton (1831–1904), one of the greatest benefactors in Australia’s visual arts history. Many of the NGV’s great works came to the NGV Collection through the generous legacy of the Felton Bequest managed by ANZ Trustees. From 1904 to 2013, more than 15,000 works have been purchased by the Felton Bequest for the NGV, with a current value of approximately $2 billion.

Kohei Nawa
Japanese born 1975
PixCell-Red Deer 2012
taxidermied Red deer, glass, acrylic, crystal beads
209.0 × 163.0 × 194.5 cm
National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne
Felton Bequest, 2013
© Kohei Nawa, courtesy Sandwich, Kyoto