Scai the Bathhouse, turned into an art gallery in 1993 and located in Yanaka, Tokyo, is currently hosting contemporary artist Kohei Nawa’s solo exhibit titled “Force.” Open from Mar 7 to Apr 18.
Nawa’s work is defined by the prism films, polyurethane foam and glass beads he uses for his creations. The artist fuses modern technology and science to bring out the textures of the materials to the utmost. While proposing state-of-the-art methods, Nawa poses a question on the existence of tangible objects in an increasingly digital world.
The current exhibit showcases three new pieces by the artist. The installation with the same name as the exhibit is a sculptural arrangement designed with dripping black silicon oil moving in a fixed direction at high speed. The stickiness and weight of the mineral substance generates a unique composition.
Vertically aligned canvases decorated with dye, which was dropped from the top of the canvases to create abstract designs, is a part a series of works titled “Direction.” The gradation of colors designed with a monochrome color scheme is simple yet powerful. For the piece titled “Moment,” a tank filled with dye moving like a pendulum was used to make circular ink stains in intricate patterns on a moving canvas.
Venue: Scai the Bathhouse
Address: Kashiwayu-Ato, 6-1-23 Yanaka, Taito-ku, Tokyo
Dates: Mar 7 to Apr 18
Hours: 12 pm to 6 pm
Closed: Sundays and Mondays (open on Mar 21)