Artist Talk by Kohei Nawa

Award-winning artist, Kohei Nawa, is currently one of the most prominent names in the world of contemporary art. His iconic PixCell series – sculptural installations in which objects such as deer are overlaid with transparent glass beads – stormed the world at the beginning of the century, with Nawa becoming a well-known name among prestigious exhibitions, in either solo or group shows. His work entitled Foamwas presented at the Aichi Triennale 2016 in Japan, featured in the FUKAMI exhibition held at Hôtel Salomon de Rothschild, Paris in 2018, while his monumental Throne was housed at the Musée du Louvre, Paris, until last February, to list only a few prominent projects. 

After graduating from Kyoto City University of Art, he attended a sculpture course at the Royal College of Art in London where he was exposed to stimulating contemporary influences such as Antony Gormley. Ever since, Nawa has been a forerunner of his generation of creators, not only due to his mind-bending sculptures but also through his constant experimentations as an artist pushing the boundaries of his own comfort zones. This may be witnessed in his collaborations with like-minded and cutting edge artists, in the spheres of design, architecture, fashion, and performing arts.

Celebrating his involvement in the expressive dance piece VESSEL at Sadler’s Wells on 16th and 17th April, the Japan Foundation is proud to host a very special artist talk where Kohei Nawa will introduce his most representative concepts to date, his inspiration, as well as some pioneering works inspiring a new generation of Japanese creative minds. Divulging his aims in rejecting popular stereotypes linked to Japanese contemporary arts such as manga and anime, he will also explain his method of transforming lifeless industrial materials into dynamic, aesthetically pleasing works of art, sometimes offering delightful sensory experiences.

Date: 18 April 2019 from 6.45pm
Venue: Royal Society of Arts (RSA) | Durham House Street – off The Strand | WC2N 6HG London

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