Featured Artist: Kohei Nawa
Japanese artist Kohei Nawa has created a surreal and magical installation titled “Foam”, full of floating clouds in the middle of darkened rooms. Impossibly lovely, they conjure up a nebulous heaven – and like an angel, the viewer can walk through them.
The “clouds” are actually piles of soapy bubbles, creating a foam landscape. Nawa spent weeks mixing up various concoctions of detergent, glycerin and water — and experimenting with pumps — to generate foam stiff enough to form the installation’s billowing clouds.
The exhibition was presented in 2013 as part of the Aichi Triennale, an art fair in Nagoya, Japan. You may see recent work by Nawa, in the GLOBALE: New Sensorium exhibit going on now in Germany, thru Sept. 4th, 2016.
“We labored long and hard on this installation, but viewers should not get a sense of that effort from the finished work, they should just feel like they’re walking through clouds.”