The 12th “1_WALL” Graphics Competition Grand Prize Winner
Aokid won Grand Prize in the 12th “1_WALL” Graphics Competition for his drawing-based installations. He won high acclaim for his unique worldview and for his continuous probing for new methods of expression that incorporate the physical sensation of dancing into his drawings.
Aokid began breakdancing around the age of 14. Today, his scope of activity has expanded to also include drawing and dance performance. He says that in seeking sources of creation he aims to transcend the respective boundaries of individual modes of expression: drawing, dance, music, etc. In his works one can find synchronicity between filling space with fanciful pictures created with free, unconstrained, colorful curves, and filling space with the body through the medium of dance. Aokid’s worldview is never closed: in the blank areas of his works one can find possibilities linked to the outer world, always open to others.
For this, his first solo show since winning the Grand Prize roughly a year ago, Aokid will create an imaginary city in which he likens the gallery to a stage on which to dance. Besides installations centering on new drawings, he will also exhibit his studies showing the processes by which he came up with his ideas for the exhibition’s display and for his specific works. Visitors will surely be entertained by what they see.
Message from the Artist
When I finish my work, I go to the movie theater where it’s screened. Along the way I do some drawing at a café and upload it on the Internet. Walking along, I look around, think a while, get an idea, and my eyes become fixed on something.
I imagine how nice it would be to be lovers with the girl sitting next to me. When I leave the theater, it’s night. I go to practice dancing. When I get home, it’s the middle of the night. Here by the riverside, the moon is in clear view, and I check the distance between myself and the universe. I have a silly idea how to make the world more interesting, and tomorrow I’ll talk to someone about it and give it a try. My body revs up and its extremities touch the future. I live in a place where “Extemporaneous Dance” is screened.
Comment from one of the Judges
Aokid knows all too well the impossibility of forever depicting the sweet bloom of youth, and precisely for that reason he keeps struggling desperately to compensate – dancing using his whole body, sometimes using artless lines, sometimes using faltering words. Traces of his struggle arise and unfold before us as a continuum of scenes made from combinations and transformations of drawing tools that bring back to mind school performances in early childhood or cultural festivals during adolescence. Aokid is always in those scenes.
Daijiro Ohara (graphic designer)
January 30 (Sat), 2016 4:00 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.
January 22 (fri), 2016 7:00 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.
Organizer: Guardian Garden