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PixCell-Deer#24

Kohei Nawa (Japanese, born 1975)

Period:
Heisei period (1989–present)
Date:
2011
Culture:
Japan
Medium:
Mixed media; taxidermied deer with artificial crystal glass
Dimensions:
H. 80 11/16 in. (205 cm); W. 59 1/16 in. (150 cm); D. 78 3/4 in. (200 cm)
Classification:
Sculpture
Credit Line:
Purchase, Acquisitions Fund and Peggy and Richard M. Danziger Gift, 2011
Accession Number:
2011.493a–j
Rights and Reproduction:
© Kohei Nawa
  • Description

    This taxidermied deer has been completely transformed through the artist’s use of variably sized “PixCell” beads, a term he invented. PixCell is a portmanteau word combining the idea of a “cell” with that of a “pixel,” the smallest unit of a digital image. Whether intentionally or unintentionally on the artist’s part, PixCell-Deer#24 resonates with a type of religious painting known as a Kasuga Deer Mandala, which features a deer—the messenger animal of Shinto deities—posed similarly with its head turned to the side, and with a round sacred mirror on its back. For painters of the Rinpa school, the deer was depicted often as a companion of ancient sages and had auspicious or poetic associations.

  • Provenance

    [ SCAI The Bathhouse , Tokyo, 2011; sold to MMA]

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