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4th Kochi-Muziris Biennale: Possibilities for a Non-Alienated Life Ocula Report 4th Kochi-Muziris Biennale: Possibilities for a Non-Alienated Life 15 Feb 2019 : Natalie King for Ocula

'Poems are like sentences that have taken their clothes off.' Marlene Dumas' poetic and sensual refrain accompanies her figurative watercolours on view in Possibilities for a Non-Alienated Life, the fourth edition of the Kochi-Muziris Biennale (KMB) in the southern state of Kerala, India (12 December 2018–29 March 2019).Dumas' new series...

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Ellen Altfest Ocula Conversation Ellen Altfest

The paintings of Ellen Altfest are ethereal in their detail. Fields of minutiae come together as pulsating images; small brushstrokes of oil paint accumulate over a series of months to single out seemingly innocuous subjects, such as a hand resting atop patterned fabric (The Hand, 2011) or a deep green cactus reaching upwards from beneath a bed of...

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Colomboscope 2019: Cross Currents and Dissonance Ocula Report Colomboscope 2019: Cross Currents and Dissonance 8 Feb 2019 : Nada Raza for Ocula

On the rooftop of the former Rio Hotel complex in Colombo, it was hard to ignore the high-rise buildings, still under construction, blocking all but a sliver of what used to be an open view over Slave Island, once an island on Beira Lake that housed slaves in the 19th century, and now a downtown suburb. The hotel was set alight during the...

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Kohei Nawa

b. 1975, Japan

The young Japanese artist Nawa Kohei works with sculpture and space under the concept of 'cell'. His concept of 'cell' is a combination of the word 'pixel', which defines the degree of digital precision, and the biological word 'cell'. The representative works from his PixCell series are the sculptural works in which clear beads cover things like taxidermy animals and everyday objects. The surface of the objects covered in beads seems magnified and distorted due to the light being refracted off each bead, and each bead suggests a separate unit, like an individual cell.

Kohei Nawa has rapidly risen to prominence as a leading contemporary artist in Japan. Kohei Nawa received his BFA, MFA, and Ph.d. in Fine Arts from the Kyoto City University of Art, and is currently 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.

Featured Artworks

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Moment#70 by Kohei Nawa contemporary artwork Kohei NawaMoment#70, 2015 Acrylic on paper
90 x 60 x 4.4 cm
Pace Gallery
Villus-Deer(Black) by Kohei Nawa contemporary artwork Kohei NawaVillus-Deer(Black), 2016 Mixed media
135 x 90 x 60 cm
Pace Gallery
Trans-Koji (Stroke) by Kohei Nawa contemporary artwork Kohei NawaTrans-Koji (Stroke), 2012 Mixed media
123 x 38 x 45 cm
Arario Gallery
Villus-Nike (Black) by Kohei Nawa contemporary artwork Kohei NawaVillus-Nike (Black), 2015 Mixed media
39.5 x 22.1 x 21.7 cm
Arario Gallery
Villus-Kannon (Black) by Kohei Nawa contemporary artwork Kohei NawaVillus-Kannon (Black), 2015 Mixed media
67.8 x 27.2 x 23 cm
Arario Gallery
PixCell-Violin #3 by Kohei Nawa contemporary artwork Kohei NawaPixCell-Violin #3, 2018 Mixed media
60.5 x 43 cm
Arario Gallery
Velvet #2 (Moss) by Kohei Nawa contemporary artwork Kohei NawaVelvet #2 (Moss), 2018 Mixed media
94.2 x 63.7 x 11.5 cm
SCAI The Bathhouse
Particle-AJMMNN#2 by Kohei Nawa contemporary artwork Kohei NawaParticle-AJMMNN#2, 2018 Mixed media
158 x 185.2 x 142 cm
SCAI The Bathhouse

Recent Exhibitions

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Contemporary art exhibition, Kohei Nawa, Biomatrix at SCAI The Bathhouse, Tokyo
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10 October–8 December 2018 Kohei Nawa Biomatrix SCAI The Bathhouse, Tokyo
Contemporary art exhibition, Kohei Nawa, Force at SCAI The Bathhouse, Tokyo
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7 March–25 April 2015 Kohei Nawa Force SCAI The Bathhouse, Tokyo
Contemporary art exhibition, Booth K 04, Art Basel Miami Beach 2012 at SCAI The Bathhouse, Tokyo
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6–9 December 2012 Booth K 04 Art Basel Miami Beach 2012 SCAI The Bathhouse, Tokyo

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'Mission [Spacexart]: Beyond Cosmologies' And 'Chronicle 1995' At The Museum Of Contemporary Art, Tokyo Ocula Report 'Mission [Spacexart]: Beyond Cosmologies' And 'Chronicle 1995' At The Museum Of Contemporary Art, Tokyo 29 Jul 2014 : Annabel James for Ocula

Too many Tokyoites miss the Museum of Contemporary Art Tokyo (MOT) altogether. Beyond both the Ueno museums and the network of newer art spaces in Roppongi, this institution of first-class exhibition facilities, a vast pubic art library and one of the most significant global collections of contemporary Japanese art takes you by surprise in Old...

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Japanese Art, on Its Own Terms Related Press Japanese Art, on Its Own Terms The New York Times : 30 October 2017

METZ, France — French and Japanese flags flap in tandem at the Pompidou Center here, hailing the fall program at this sister venue of the Paris museum of contemporary art. Its exhibitions include one about Japanese architecture from 1945 to the present day, and the recently opened Japanorama, a survey of Japan's contemporary art since 1970,...

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Japanese Art After 1989 Related Press Japanese Art After 1989 Asian Art Newspaper / 21 October 2014 : 22 November 2014

CHRONICILING THE art of the Heisei era, which commenced in 1989 with the ascension of Emperor Akihito, this exhibition features major works by artists including Yayoi Kusama, Takashi Murakami, Yasumasa Morimura, Daido Moriyama, Yoshitomo Nara, Hiroshi Sugimoto and Yukinori Yanagi. The era coincides with the peak of the Japanese economic boom and...

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ASIA NOW 2018 || Yuko Hasegawa (Curator) and Kohei Nawa (Artist) Related Video & Audio ASIA NOW 2018 || Yuko Hasegawa (Curator) and Kohei Nawa (Artist) ASIA NOW : 22 November 2018

Yuko Hasegawa, Artistic Director of the Museum of Contemporary Art, Tokyo, and Kohei Nawa discuss the artist's recent sculptures and installations, including Throne, on view under the Louvre Pyramid until January 14, 2019.

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