Pixcell-Red Cell by Kohei Nawa
(NGV Collection 2013 - current at NGV, Melbourne, Australia)
Medium : Red Deer (Cervus elaphus), glass, (crystal glass), vinyl acetate, acrylic urethane, epoxy resin. Measurements : 206.5 × 170.8 × 185.2 cm (overall) .PixCell-Red Deer is the work to be donated from the bequest of Alfred Felton (1831–1904), one of the greatest benefactors in Australia’s visual arts history.
“The artist describes this process as transforming the object into a ‘shell of light’. The process results in the texture and colour of the object’s surface being absorbed and fragmented into countless cells, which become a collection of image elements, in other words, image cells or ‘PixCell’,” said Mr Crothers. The title of the series integrates ‘pixel’, which demonstrates digital image resolution, and the biological ‘cell’. While the subject of each work in the series incorporates its own attributes such as weight, and colour, its essence is lost or distorted through the production process in which glass, crystal and urethane coats cover its surface.
Kohei Nawa is part of Japan’s new generation of artists. Over the last several years Nawa has exhibited at the Saatchi Gallery in London, the Joan Miro Foundation in Barcelona, The Mori Museum in Tokyo and SCAI the Bathhouse, also in Tokyo. Nawa was the subject of a large survey show at The Museum of Contemporary Art Tokyo in 2011, and his work was featured in the the 6th Asia Pacific Triennial of Contemporary Art, Gallery of Modern Art | Queensland Art Gallery. PixCell-Red Deer was recently presented at 2012 Art Basel Miami Beach. (text via NGV).