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名和 晃平

Trans-figure

Installation view, "Kohei Nawa: Trans-figure," Jan 18 – Feb 25, 2018, Pace Gallery, Palo Alto, photography by Johnna Arnold of JKA Photography © Kohei Nawa, courtesy Pace Gallery.

Installation view, "Kohei Nawa: Trans-figure," Jan 18 – Feb 25, 2018, Pace Gallery, Palo Alto, photography by Johnna Arnold of JKA Photography © Kohei Nawa, courtesy Pace Gallery.

Installation view, "Kohei Nawa: Trans-figure," Jan 18 – Feb 25, 2018, Pace Gallery, Palo Alto, photography by Johnna Arnold of JKA Photography © Kohei Nawa, courtesy Pace Gallery.

Installation view, "Kohei Nawa: Trans-figure," Jan 18 – Feb 25, 2018, Pace Gallery, Palo Alto, photography by Johnna Arnold of JKA Photography © Kohei Nawa, courtesy Pace Gallery.

Installation view, "Kohei Nawa: Trans-figure," Jan 18 – Feb 25, 2018, Pace Gallery, Palo Alto, photography by Johnna Arnold of JKA Photography © Kohei Nawa, courtesy Pace Gallery.

Installation view, "Kohei Nawa: Trans-figure," Jan 18 – Feb 25, 2018, Pace Gallery, Palo Alto, photography by Johnna Arnold of JKA Photography © Kohei Nawa, courtesy Pace Gallery.

Installation view, "Kohei Nawa: Trans-figure," Jan 18 – Feb 25, 2018, Pace Gallery, Palo Alto, photography by Johnna Arnold of JKA Photography © Kohei Nawa, courtesy Pace Gallery.

Installation view, "Kohei Nawa: Trans-figure," Jan 18 – Feb 25, 2018, Pace Gallery, Palo Alto, photography by Johnna Arnold of JKA Photography © Kohei Nawa, courtesy Pace Gallery.

Installation view, "Kohei Nawa: Trans-figure," Jan 18 – Feb 25, 2018, Pace Gallery, Palo Alto, photography by Johnna Arnold of JKA Photography © Kohei Nawa, courtesy Pace Gallery.

Installation view, "Kohei Nawa: Trans-figure," Jan 18 – Feb 25, 2018, Pace Gallery, Palo Alto, photography by Johnna Arnold of JKA Photography © Kohei Nawa, courtesy Pace Gallery.

Installation view, "Kohei Nawa: Trans-figure," Jan 18 – Feb 25, 2018, Pace Gallery, Palo Alto, photography by Johnna Arnold of JKA Photography © Kohei Nawa, courtesy Pace Gallery.

Installation view, "Kohei Nawa: Trans-figure," Jan 18 – Feb 25, 2018, Pace Gallery, Palo Alto, photography by Johnna Arnold of JKA Photography © Kohei Nawa, courtesy Pace Gallery.

Installation view, "Kohei Nawa: Trans-figure," Jan 18 – Feb 25, 2018, Pace Gallery, Palo Alto, photography by Johnna Arnold of JKA Photography © Kohei Nawa, courtesy Pace Gallery.

Installation view, "Kohei Nawa: Trans-figure," Jan 18 – Feb 25, 2018, Pace Gallery, Palo Alto, photography by Johnna Arnold of JKA Photography © Kohei Nawa, courtesy Pace Gallery.

Installation view, "Kohei Nawa: Trans-figure," Jan 18 – Feb 25, 2018, Pace Gallery, Palo Alto, photography by Johnna Arnold of JKA Photography © Kohei Nawa, courtesy Pace Gallery.

Installation view, "Kohei Nawa: Trans-figure," Jan 18 – Feb 25, 2018, Pace Gallery, Palo Alto, photography by Johnna Arnold of JKA Photography © Kohei Nawa, courtesy Pace Gallery.

Installation view, "Kohei Nawa: Trans-figure," Jan 18 – Feb 25, 2018, Pace Gallery, Palo Alto, photography by Johnna Arnold of JKA Photography © Kohei Nawa, courtesy Pace Gallery.

Installation view, "Kohei Nawa: Trans-figure," Jan 18 – Feb 25, 2018, Pace Gallery, Palo Alto, photography by Johnna Arnold of JKA Photography © Kohei Nawa, courtesy Pace Gallery.
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About 名和 晃平

名和晃平(出生于1975年,大阪)工作和生活在日本京都。2003年,他在京都市立艺术大学获得了美术雕塑的博士学位。他著名的个人展包括:2009年在东京的在银座的爱马仕的“L_B_S”,2011年在东京Museum of Contemporary Art的“Synthesis”和2013年在雾岛市的Open-air Art Museum的“SCULPTURE GARDEN”。2009年他参加了在澳大利亚布里斯班举办的第6届亚太三年展,2010年参加了在孟加拉国的孟加拉国达卡举办的第14届亚洲艺术双年展并获得了总冠军,2013年参加了在日本名古屋举办的爱知三年展,和一些其他的展会。Nawa目前是京都造型艺术大学的副教授。
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Press Release

  • Kohei Nawa: Trans-figure

    Palo Alto— Pace Gallery is pleased to present the first U.S. solo exhibition by Japanese artist Kohei Nawa and his second exhibitionwith the gallery. For Trans-figure, Nawa has created works that draw on the physical and sensory properties of skin to question and explore thedistinction between material and intangible experiences. The exhibition will be on view at 229 Hamilton Ave. from January 18 through February 25, 2018 with an opening reception on Wednesday, January 17 from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. Pace Gallery will also highlight Nawa’s works at the FOG Design + Art Fair booth 301, held in San Francisco from January 11 to 14, 2018.

    Moving fluidly between different media, Nawa’s work explores themes of science and digital culture while challenging viewers’ sensory experiences. Interested in industrial mass-production, Nawa often works with synthetic compounds, using them to consider the ideas of the real and the virtual, and perception versus illusion. Trans-figure will include new works from four of Nawa’s ongoing series: Direction, Ether, PixCell and Villus.

    “We’re thrilled to present Kohei Nawa’s first solo exhibition in the U.S. and to introduce our Bay Area community to his incredibly thought-provoking practice,” says Elizabeth Sullivan, President of Pace Palo Alto.

    A highlight of the exhibition will be a PixCell sculpture of a taxidermied maral deer. Like much of his practice, the process of creating a PixCellsculpture begins with the artist collecting images from the Internet. After he encounters a particularly engaging group, Nawa sources the actual object – whether a taxidermied animal or inanimate object — and encapsulatesthese into different sized cells, which are created through the use of glass beads. The glass bead encasement produces a lens effect, with multiple details of the object presented simultaneously. Similarly, the works in the Villus series include a variety of objects upon which the artist applies a Polyurethane foam, creating a mist that masks the irregularities of thesurface and dulls the contours and textures.

    In pieces from the Direction and Etherseries, Nawa explores the physical manifestations of gravity. In his Directionpaintings, Nawa pours black paint onto a vertically set canvas. He offsets the grain of the canvas on the stretcher by fifteen degrees, and then allows the paint to slowly drip down the face of the canvas, allowing the force of gravity to produce the lines of the painting. Works from the Ether series, which can be presented outdoors as well as indoors,translate highly viscous liquids into a solid state at the moment they drip downward. Appearing as a three-dimensional sculpture, the iterative forms of the droplets appear as an endless column and visualize the force of gravity.

    Presented together, the works in Trans-figure highlight Nawa’s extensive artistic range and showcase his powerful meditations on sensation and materiality.

    Kohei Nawa(b. 1975, Osaka) lives and works in Kyoto, Japan. He received a Ph.D. in Fine Art Sculpture from the Kyoto City University of Arts (2003). Notable solo exhibitions include: L_B_S at Ginza Maison Hermes, Tokyo, 2009; Synthesisat the Museum of Contemporary Art, Tokyo, 2011; and SCULPTURE GARDEN at Kirishima Open-air Art Museum, Kagoshima, 2013. He has participated in the 6th Asia Pacific Triennial in Brisbane, Australia, 2009; the 14th Asian Art Biennale Bangladesh in Dhaka, Bangladesh, 2010 (Grand Prize winner); Aichi Triennale in Nagoya, Japan, 2013, amongst others. Nawa is currently an Associate Professor at the Kyoto University of Art and Design.

    Paceis a leading contemporary art gallery representing many of the most significant international artists and estates of the twentieth and twenty-first centuries. Founded by Arne Glimcher in Boston in 1960 and currently led by Marc Glimcher, Pace has been a constant, vital force in the art world and has introduced many renowned artists’ work to the public forthe first time. Pace has mounted more than 900 exhibitions, including scholarly shows that have subsequently traveled to museums, and published over 450 exhibition catalogues. Today, Pace has eight locations worldwide: one gallery in Palo Alto, California, located at 229 Hamilton Avenue; three galleries in New York; one in London; one in Beijing; and spaces in Hong Kong and Seoul. Pace will open its second gallery in Hong Kong in March 2018, and will open a new flagship gallery in New York, anticipated for completion in fall 2019. In 2016, the gallery established Future\Pace, a cultural partnership between Pace and Futurecity innovating multidisciplinary projects for art in the public realm. Pace opened its permanent location in downtown Palo Alto, California, in 2016.

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