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Kohei Nawa: Sandwich「名和晃平 Sandwich, アーティスト/ 表参道」

Kohei NAWA was born in Osaka in 1975 and he is currently one of Japan’s leading contemporary artists.

The central concept in his work is what he calls “PixCell,” a word that combines the idea of a ‘cell’ and a ‘pixel’.  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.”

For “Pixel Cell”, his most recent series (2009 ~) he covered the surface of taxidermy animals and other items purchased from online auction sites with glass beads of various sizes, distorting and magnifying their original contour.

kohei nawa

Some of his amazing installations:

Foam” Nawa forms a cloud-like landscape made of foam, Aichi Triennale, Nagoya, Japan.

kohei nawa

“Scum” oversized sculptures covered with a polyurethane foam made through the chemical reaction of two solutions, isocyanate and polyols (top image)

“Liquid”, Nawa took silicone oil — usually used as an industrial lubricant — and arrived at just the right consistency for cell-like bubbles generated by air pumps to appear and disappear on the oil’s surface. (bottom image)

kohei nawa

‘Trans’, loose depiction of a human figures whose form has been abstracted through the application of various finishing processes to the surface of the 3D scanned motifs.

kohei nawa

“Manifold” 13 meters or 43-foot-tall steel and aluminum of spheres and pipes. The bulbous form was made in the image of fused cells (data, energy, or otherwise) magnetically pulled inwards and captured right at the moment of combustion, signifying the cross-section of modern civilization and the era of information. Arario Sculpture Garden, Cheonan, Korea.

kohei nawa

kohei nawa

kohei nawa

Nawa has founded “Sandwich” in a renovated old sandwich factory in Fushimi, Kyoto, where he works on cross-disciplinary creative activities involving architects, photographers and designers.

You can see his installations line the interior of Dover Street Market Ginza.

Kohei Nawa

Kohei Nawa

Don’t miss his works and documentaries in Eye of Gyre, Gallery (Gyre Building, Omotesando). Exhibition ends on February 16, 2014.

kohei nawa

kohei nawa

kohei nawa

Definitely, one of Japan’s most inspiring young artists.

How to get there (map via Gyre Official Website)



Kohei Nawa Official Website: 2F 5-10-1 Jingumae, Shibuya, Tokyo, Tel 03-3406-2323, Official Website:  “Kohei Nawa, Creative Platform for Contemporary Art, Eye of GyreEnds on February 16, 2014.

Note: This information was accurate when it was published, but can change without notice. Please be sure to confirm all details directly with the Gallery before planning your visit. All credits, except otherwise state, go to Kohei Nawa. 

All photos on this blog were snapped by me unless otherwise noted. If you see something you’d like to share, please be sure to provide a link back to this space. Thank you!


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