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The 11th “1_WALL” Graphics Competition Grand Prize Winner

Akane Nakajima "Leisure"

  • DATES : Mon. June 29- Thu. July 16, 2015
  • HOURS : 11:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.
  • * On July 11 (Sat), the exhibition area will be closed to visitors from 3:50 p.m. to approximately 5:30 p.m. as the gallery will be used for a talk event featuring the artist.

Akane Nakajima won the Grand Prize in the 11th “1_WALL” Graphics Competition for her works expressing “something” before it becomes words. She created the prize-winning works by scanning simple line drawings, converting them to data, and then adding color using photo editing software. Her works were highly acclaimed by the judging panel for their interesting abstract shapes that at a glance appear to be living creatures but correspond to none, and for their subtly attractive pale hues.

Nakajima’s lines are by no means haphazardly drawn: they are the product of repeated introspection. Her lines have no clear destination and harbor the possibility to develop any which way. In accumulation they attract the viewer to strange, undefinable sensations.

For her very first solo exhibition, coming roughly one year after she took the Grand Prize in the 2014 graphics competition, Ms. Nakajima will be displaying her prize-winning works along with new creations.

Message from the Artist
When I began creating these works last year, my self-imposed “rule” was to depict things that don’t actually exist. Today, a year later, I almost never keep to this rule anymore. Why? Because when you continue doing the same thing for a long time, what’s important to you changes over time. What I do is to repeatedly think things over a lot and keep my hands in motion, trying to see what lies beyond the serial works I’ve done until now.
Relying on the serial works I have spun like thread, like an explorer setting out for some uncertain place what I look for are encounters with the unknown. This is why I chose “Leisure” as my exhibition title.

Akane Nakajima

Comment from one of the Judges

“Captivated” is the perfect word to describe my reaction on seeing Ms. Nakajima’s graphics for the very first time. What are these works all about, I asked myself. Searching for their meaning, the more I attempted to define them in words, the more they slipped through and defied description. So I tried to draw in the same way myself. Needless to say there was no resemblance. Ms. Nakajima’s lines seem so simple to draw, yet there is an overwhelming reason for the lack of similarity. What she draws here are not so much depictions as attempted depictions, traces of works in progress.

Daijiro Ohara (graphic designer)

Talk Event: “Leisure Sheet”

July 11 (Sat), 2015 4:00 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.

* “Leisure sheet” is a Japanese coinage referring to a plastic sheet spread on the ground when having a picnic, etc.

Opening Party
June 29 (Mon), 2015 7:00 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.

Akane Nakajima

Born in 1992.
2014 grand prize for the 11th graphics “1_Wall” competition, Guardian garden gallery
2015 graduated from Musashino Art University, Collage of Art and Design, Dept. of Visual communication design.

Organizer: Guardian Garden