8th “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.
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.
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.
Born in 1985
Born in 1983
Graduated from Toyo Institute of Art & Design with a concentration in graphic design.
Born in 1988
Fourth year student in the painting program at Musashino Art University.
Takeshi K. Hayashi
Born in 1991
Third year student at Musashino Art University with a concentration in painting.
Born in 1983
Attended Nagoya University of Arts majoring in design, then graduated from Nagoya Zokei University of Art & Design with a concentration in oil painting.
Born in 1978
Graduated from Kyoto Saga Junior College of Arts.
Selected by Koji Iyama
Selected by Ichio Otsuka
Selected by Masahiro Kakinokihara
Selected by Atsuki Kikuchi
Selected by Jun Tsuzuki
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.
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.
(Art director, Graphic designer)
Art director and graphic designer born in 1967. Graduated from Tama Art University with a concentration in Graphic Design. After working at Nippon Design Center, he established Iyama Design. His major clients include Shueisha Inc. (“Natsu Ichi”), Kamoi Kakoshi Co., Ltd. (“mt”) and The Institute of Medical Science of The University of Tokyo. Among the many awards he has won to date are the JAGDA New Designer Award, Cannes Lions International Festival of Creativity Gold Lion, SPIKES ASIA Grand Prix, New York ADC Gold Award, CLIO Gold Award and Japan Sign Design Association (SDA) Award First Prize.
(Illustrator, Art director)
Illustrator and art director born in Niigata Prefecture in 1968. In addition to numerous illustrations created for books, advertising and music-related works, he is art director of “Miitsuketa!,” an educational TV program on NHK. He has published a collection of his works: illustration book, ICHIO Otsuka’s MAGIC! With film director Hirokazu Koreeda he has co-authored the picture book Kuna.
Masahiro Kakinokihara was born in Hiroshima Prefecture in 1970. He joined DRAFT in 1996, and established 10 inc. in 2007. To date he has won a JAGDA New Designer Award, Tokyo ADC Award, One Show Silver Pencil Award and a New York ADC Silver Award. Among his most renowned works are: branding for “Singing AEON”; VI and branding for R.O.U.; “The Smile in Japanese Art” (exhibition at Mori Art Museum); corporate identity for Shizuoka City Museum of Art; and design work for Fuji Chuo Kindergarten and Rocca. Mr. Kakinokihara is a member of JAGDA and Tokyo ADC.
Born in Tokyo in 1974. He attended Musashino Art University, majoring in Sculpture. In 2000 he established Bluemark, and then in 2011 he founded his own design studio. His work areas include brand planning, logo design, signage planning, editorial design, etc., with a strong focus on art, fashion and architecture. He is also the principal of Book Peak, planners and publishers of art books.
Illustrator born in Tokyo in 1962. A graduate of Musashino Art University, between the 1980s and into the new millennium he garnered numerous awards in graphics competitions and for his contributions to advertising. In 2010 he mounted the exhibition “New Eidos,” followed in 2013 by “Jun Tsuzuki x Hideki Nakazawa.” In 2015 he held a lecture on “After New Eidos / An Investigation of 1980-2000.” He supervised and contributed to “Nihon Irasutore-shonshi” [A History of Japanese Illustration]. He also supervises and appears on NHK’s “Art 1” program for high school students.jti.ne.jp