Ginza “RICOH ART GALLERY” “Kohei Nawa Solo Exhibition Focus” to be held from Tuesday, December 13

Title: "RICOH ART GALLERY" "Kohei Nawa Solo Exhibition Focus"
Date: December 13, 2022 (Tuesday) to December 24, 2022 (Saturday)
Time: 12:00-19:00 *Ends at 18:00 on the last day
Closed days: Sundays, Mondays, public holidays

* Due to the government and Tokyo Metropolitan Government's policies to prevent new coronavirus infection, the business hours and exhibition period may change.
* Due to the declaration of a state of emergency to prevent the spread of new coronavirus infection, the exhibition period and business hours may change. Please note.
*We ask for your cooperation in temperature measurement and alcohol disinfection in the gallery. We look forward to welcoming you.

©Kohei Nawa

Ricoh Art Gallery will be closed in December 2022. Kohei Nawa's solo exhibition "Focus" will be held as a commemorative exhibition that concludes the activities so far. This exhibition presents 12 new works by three-dimensional prints.

This time, between Nawa and Ricoh, we produced a large number of test prints, including not only straightforward expressions, but also irregular usage methods that were not originally envisioned as a function of the printer, and pursued that possibility. I'm here. The new work completed in this way is a sculptural work that gives a sense of three-dimensionality even though it is a two-dimensional work. The three-dimensional layers are delicately and rhythmically formed on the screen, creating a strong visual effect and materiality.

We hope that you will take a look at this exhibition where you can feel the current location of StareReap.

This exhibition is an experimental attempt to re-edit the relationships that exist behind Nawa's works and project them onto UV prints through Ricoh's printing technology. While using the stars and the earth as motifs, the focus is on the power that connects them.

Nawa cites childhood memories of astronomical observations and his interest in astronomy and physics as one of the roots of his creative work. In fact, he has often used gravity and other invisible forces that shape the world as the theme of his works. This time, by using a medium called UV printing, which has a texture intermediate between two-dimensional and three-dimensional, printmaking and three-dimensional modeling, I express this as a boundary existence between information and material. The masses of solid black ink that make up his works capture the myriad aspects of power, such as the light of the stars, the universal gravitational force acting between them, the perspective of the people who observe them, and the movement of the earth that formed the ground on which they stand. is included.

Kohei Nawa |
sculptor. Representative of Sandwich Inc. Professor at Kyoto University of the Arts. Born in 1975. Based in Kyoto.
In 2003, completed the doctoral course in sculpture at the Graduate School of Fine Arts, Kyoto City University of Arts. 2009 Established “Sandwich”.
In 2002, Nawa unveiled PixCell, a symbol of the information age, focusing on the "skin" of sculpture as an interface that connects to the senses. Based on the theme of the relationship between life and space, sensibility and technology, the painting "Direction" draws with gravity, "Force" silicone oil pours down into the space, "Biomatrix" shows bubbles and grids that appear on the surface of the liquid, and the bubbles themselves are gigantic. He has flexibly interpreted the definition of sculpture, such as "Foam," which grows into volume, and has created a perceptual experience that reveals the physical properties of the material to the viewer.
In recent years, he has also been involved in architectural projects such as the art pavilion “Koutei”. Belgian choreographer since 2015/
The performance work "VESSEL" in collaboration with dancer Damien Jalet is being performed in Japan and overseas. In 2018, he held a special exhibition of his sculpture “Throne” at the Pyramid of the Louvre Museum in France.

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