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PixCell-Deer#24

Artist:
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
On view at Not on view
This taxidermied deer has been completely transformed through the artist’s use of variably sized “PixCell” beads, a term he invented. PixCell combines the idea of a “pixel,” the smallest unit of a digital image, with that of a “cell.” 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. In Japanese art, the deer is often depicted as a companion of ancient sages and has auspicious and poetic associations.
[ SCAI The Bathhouse , Tokyo, 2011; sold to MMA]
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