Kohei Nawa is a Japanese artist that has emulated the feeling of walking through clouds with his latest installation featured on Aichi Triennale, “Foam”. Visitors that come to see his artwork are immersed into a swirl of foam clouds in the artificial night sky.
Mr. Nawa is part of a new generation of artists whose work is helping to bring a more nuanced view of Japanese art and popular culture overseas, one that moves beyond the cultural stereotypes of candy-cute manga and anime. – Hiroko Tabuchi at the NY Times
Foam is a shapeless installation that he wanted to be a calm experience. After testing various mixtures of detergents, glycerin, and water for weeks, he was able to produce foam that he could shape and hold its form. With the use of pumps and his custom made foam, he transformed a large dark space into a peaceful dreamscape where anyone can be flying in the clouds.