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The 15th “1_WALL” Graphics Competition Grand Prize Winner

Sawako Kageyama Exhibition: “Tapir’s room on the basement”

  • DATES : Tue. May 30 - Fri. June 16, 2017
  • HOURS : 11:00a.m. - 7:00p.m.
  • Closed Sundays and Holidays. Admission free.

Sawako Kageyama won the Grand Prize in the 15th “1_WALL” Graphics Exhibition competition (2016) for “Hellish,” her illustration of a story that takes place in one day, depicted in the format of a 40-meter-long picture scroll. Kageyama won high acclaim from the judging panel for her innovative potential outside the framework of conventional media and for her profound works, described as fresh and clear but by no means simple.

Using a colorful pop style, Kageyama depicts girls, animals, food, and things that occur in her imagined rooms. By combining vivid colors in unique ways, she draws individual still scenes on paper as a continuum, infusing the paper with a dynamic sense of time, creating an illustration that unfolds in the manner of a movie. The fantasy world that she invents there expands outward spatially, expressed with joy and boundless freedom. But on close inspection, she also includes elements of the grotesque, composing a story of multiple layers.

For this exhibition, the gallery will be filled with Kageyama’s works, including new works created since she captured the Grand Prize last autumn.

Sawako Kageyama

Born in 1993. Graduated from the Graphic Design course of Tama Art University. Currently studying in...

Message from the Artist

Second by second, I set myself into still images that, with the passage of time, I flexibly change in form. I make spaces in which each one exists comfortably, without my vanishing at any time. For this exhibition, I created a space of dreams in which tapirs can’t get their fill. Dark carrot fields, secret food factories, and more—the synopsis of various worlds can be enjoyed. They await you in the basement.

Sawako Kageyama
Message from One of the Judges

A continuum of afterimages, or traces, or perhaps multiple lookalikes doing something at the same time, like poses in an animation, spins a continuing tale in space like a horizontal scroll. The lines are alluring—precarious lines that, if cut, would seem to overflow with blood, leaving the eyes no place to look at in comfort. The color spaces that compete against these vivid lines have a stiffness like newly spread bedsheets and the softness of a down quilt, and while one’s eyes are captured by the depth, all sense of time is also lost. In the matte space colored completely using image editing software, the eyes swim (or drown) effortlessly.

Daijiro Ohara (graphic designer)

Organizer: Guardian Garden