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TOKYO

“SYNTHESIS”

Museum of Contemporary Art Tokyo

by Jae Lee

“Synthesis” is conceptual artist Kohei Nawa’s first large-scale solo exhibition. Recently, Nawa’s work has been gaining attention both in Japan and overseas. His Sandwich studio in Kyoto, an old sandwich factory that has been renovated into an art studio, has also become well-known for producing numerous collaborative works of Nawa and other artists in various genres.

This exhibition brings together sculptures and drawings created using six mediums that Nawa is famous for: beads, prisms, liquids, glue, polyurethane foam mist (which he calls “scum”) and ink droplets. Using these materials, Nawa expresses his concept of “cell” — an encapsulated space or vessel — his most noted interpretation being his stuffed animals that appear pixelated by a layer of clear beads; till Aug. 28.

Museum of Contemporary Art Tokyo, (03) 5245-4111, 4-1-1 Miyoshi, Koto-ku; 9-min. walk from B2 Exit, Kiyosumi-Shirakawa Station, Hanzomon, Toei Oedo lines. 10 a.m.- 6 p.m. ¥1,100. Closed Mon. and July 19. www.mot-art-museum.jp.