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Esquisse #E - 001

Kohei Nawa


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silkscreen on Japanese paper

The drawings "Esquisse" was created around 2000 when Nawa was enrolled in the sculpture course at Kyoto City University of Arts Graduate School. This time, we revived nine of them as silkscreen prints. You can discover the fundamental elements that lead to Nawa's various series of works.

Kohei Nawa

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Sculptor / Director of Sandwich Inc. / Professor at Kyoto University of the Arts

Born in 1975, and based in Kyoto, Japan, Kohei Nawa received a PhD in Fine Art/Sculpture from Kyoto City University of Arts in 2003, and established Sandwich in 2009.
He is now a professor at the Kyoto University of the Arts. 

Focusing on the surface “skin” of sculpture as an interface connecting to the senses, Nawa began his PixCell series in 2002 based on the concept of the cell, symbolizing the information age. Adopting a flexible interpretation of the meaning of sculpture, he produces perceptual experiences that reveal the physical properties of materials to the viewer through works addressing themes related to life and the cosmos and to artistic sensibility and technology, including Direction, in which he produces paintings using gravity, Force, in which silicone oil pours down through a space, Biomatrix, in which bubbles and grids emerge on a liquid surface, and Foam, in which bubbles form enormous volumes. 

Recently, Nawa has also worked on architectural projects, including the art pavilion Kohtei. VESSEL, a performance work produced in conjunction with Belgo-French choreographer and dancer Damian Jalet, has been presented around the world since its premiere in 2015. In 2018, his sculpture Throne was exhibited under the Pyramid at the Musée du Louvre in Paris, France.

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