Solo Exhibition : Oracle
Kohei Nawa presents a solo exhibition Oracle at GYRE GALLERY, Tokyo, Japan.
As an homage to the Kamakura-Period sculpture Kasuga Shinroku Shari Zushi, Nawa will display “Trans-Sacred Deer (g/p_cloud_agyo)” – also known as Kumojika – produced using woodcarving, urushi lacquer, and gold and platinum leaf techniques. This work is part of a project that Nawa has been developing for a few years, and aiming at promoting traditional crafts in Kyoto years. The current pandemic made international travels problematic, but it mostly gave him the opportunity to spend time in the studio and work on a variety of new creations: this show reveals a selection of the pieces born from his latest experimentations, including paintings in which he produced complex materiality and textures by combining multiple art media, paints and oils as well as new works using fog and UV lasers.
Also, GYRE’s atrium features the sculpture installation “Silhouette”, a work that was developed for pianist Koki Nakano’s concert stage in Spiral Hall in Tokyo and ROHM Theatre Kyoto in 2018. Revolving bodies made of curves extracted from melodic sound determine the volumes, while highly reflective silicon carbide beads cover the surface “skin”.
The exhibition coincides with the Centennial Celebration of the Establishment of Meiji Jingu to which Nawa contributes with special exhibitions of “Ho / Oh” and “White Deer (Meiji Jingu)”. These sculptures mark the way from Omotesando to the main shrine and represent hope for a new future.
*The title of the exhibition, Oracle, is a reference to things that provide a divine revelation, divine will, and guidance.
Exhibition Period : 23 October [Fri.], 2020 - 31 January [Sun.], 2021
Opening Hours : 11:00 - 20:00
*Restricted admission to avoid overcrowding
Venue : GYRE GALLERY
GYRE 3F, 5-10-1 Jingumae, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo 150-0001, Japan
Cooperation : SCAI THE BATHHOUSE, GRAND MARBLE, HiRAO INC, Sandwich Inc.
photo: Nobutada OMOTE | Sandwich