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1st “1_WALL” Graphics

Today, modes of artistic expression are becoming increasingly diversified, and together with artists who wholeheartedly seek to express themselves in new ways, Guardian Garden aspires to be a venue for considering new expressive modes. This aspiration derives from our hope that artists will overcome any hurdles in their way by offering them a gallery wall where they can express themselves freely, through their works.

Judging Results

Final Round of Judging

Grand Prize

Isamu Gakiya
Born in 1974 /
The American action and horror films I saw as a child left me traumatized, and even now a crazed and somehow humorous world seems blinding to me. It’s a sensation I want to express as I am today.

Final Round of JudgingThu. July 09, 2009

The third and final round of judging is conducted open to public viewing. The six finalists give presentations of their works on display and their plans for their solo exhibition if they win the Grand Prize. The judges discuss the merits of each finalist’s portfolio, works shown, and presentation, and together decide the winner of the Grand Prize.

“1_WALL” ExhibitionMon. July 06, 2009 - Thu. July 30, 2009

A group exhibition is held spotlighting the six finalists to emerge from the second round of judging. Each finalist is allocated a gallery wall (approx. 3.85m wide and 2.5m high) to display their works. Besides the works themselves, the judges also take into consideration how the finalists use their overall display space and how they show their works.

Success in the Second Round of Judging



    Isamu Gakiya

    Born in 1974

  • "Happy birthday"

    Mitsunori Kitsunai

    Born in 1977

    Graduated from Hokkaido University of Education,Department of Arts.

  • "simulation – pop – micro – nism (roughly cut)"

    Norio Takamatsu

    Born in 1978

    Graduated from Inter-medium Institution, master degree course for photography.

  • "child drop-off point 152"

    Takeru Toyokura

    Born in 1978


  • "one after another"

    Sayo Nagaba

    Born in 1982

    Graduated from Tohoku University of Art and Design, Department of Fine Arts Oil Painting.


    Takeshi Matsugami

    Born in 1980

Second Round of Judging

A portfolio review is held one-on-one between each entrant and a judge. Here, the entrants are given the opportunity to directly explain the motives behind their works or their production process. After all portfolio reviews are completed, the judges assemble to discuss their assessments and select the six finalists.

Success in First Round of Judging

Entrants Who Successfully Passed the First Round of Judging

Portfolio Judging

Judging is performed based on entrants’ work files and data. The judges, all prominent in their respective fields – design, illustration, photography, etc. – plus members of the secretariat, render their judgments from various perspectives. Thirty entrants are selected to continue on to the second round of judging.


  • Jun Kosaka


  • Kenjiro-Sano

    (Art director)

    Art director born in 1972. President of MR_DESIGN Inc. His major work includes Toyota ReBORN, Suntory BOSS, LISMO!, Nyanmage, S.T. Corporation’s Air Counter, T Boo! S for TBS (Tokyo Broadcasting System), Mizkan’s Toromame, etc. Nico products and the “Earth Garbage Bag” of his design are sold at the Museum of Modern Art in New York (MoMA), Collette in Paris, London’s Design Museum and la Rinascente in Milan. www.mr-design.jp

  • Kazunari Hattori

    (Graphic designer)

    Graphic designer Kazunari Hattori was born in Tokyo in 1964. After graduating from the Department of Design, Faculty of Fine Arts, of Tokyo National University of Fine Arts and Music, he initially worked for Light Publicity before going freelance. His major works include art direction of the magazines “Ryuko Tsushin,” “here and there” and “Mayonaka”; and, for Hermès Japon, art direction of “Hermès Bespoke Objects” and “L’atelier petit h.” He also performed VI planning for the Hirosaki Museum of Contemporary Art.

  • Naomi Hirabayashi

    (Art director, Graphic designer)

  • Hiro Sugiyama

    (Art director, Artist)