Kohei Nawa | Japan b.1975 | PixCell-Double Deer#4 2010 | Taxidermied deer, glass, acrylic, crystal beads | Purchased 2010 with funds from the Josephine Ulrick and Win Schubert Diversity Foundation through the Queensland Art Gallery Foundation | Collection: Queensland Art Gallery | © The artist/Photograph: Nobutada Omote/Image courtesy: The artist and SCAI The Bathouse, Tokyo
Acquisitions of works by leading artists from each of the Gallery’s five contemporary collection areas are on display to celebrate the fifth anniversary of the Gallery of Modern Art.
Contemporary Asian Art Collection
PixCell-Double Deer#4 2010
Taxidermied deer, glass, acrylic, crystal beads
One of Japan’s most significant young artists, Kohei Nawa is renowned for his PixCell sculptures, one of which featured in The 6th Asia Pacific Triennial of Contemporary Art exhibition and on the catalogue cover, proving enormously popular with visitors. In this later work from the series, two taxidermied deer are fused together and covered in glass and acrylic beads. The mutated form of the animals is fractured and distorted through the images captured inside the spheres, transforming it into particles of deconstructed light and dramatically changing our perception of the original creatures.