In terms of our vision, the world is a continuum of surfaces, and what we perceive with our eyes and hands is covered with various layers or skins. We perceive and recognize things through their epidermis. Therefore, the quality of the epidermis is critical in determining whether we feel that something is real or not. The epidermis is the interface between sensitivity and material, and images are born from the exchange between sensitivity and material.
The relationship between the senses of sight and touch becomes the focal point of Kohei Nawa’s work. It can be seen as a kind of intervention or manipulation of reality. The BEADS series takes an object and replaces its presence with a "shell of light" by covering the object's surface with glass beads. The texture and colors of the object are captured and dissected into an infinite number of small chambers (=cells) and presented as an assembly of the image's components (=elements), or in other words, an entirely new vision of the image's cells (PixCells).
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