Discovering the Next Generation of Young Graphic Artists
In late summer Guardian Garden hosted the 5th “1_WALL” Graphics Exhibition. The exhibition, the culmination of an open competition, featured works by the six finalists after two rounds of judging. The first round focused on all entrants’ portfolios, while the second round evaluated the portfolio presentations of the 30 graphic artists selected in the initial round. The final round of judging took place on September 2 (Fri), i.e. while the exhibition was in progress. During this round, which was open to the public, the six finalists each gave a presentation of his or her works, based on which the judges selected the Grand Prize winner: Ryohei Saito. Mr. Saito’s prize is the privilege of mounting a solo show at the gallery one year later, with full assistance in preparing an exhibition pamphlet.
“1_WALL” is an open competition launched in 2009 to replace the previous “Hitotsubo” series. The fifth exhibition in the new incarnation brought together a kaleidoscope of unconventional works transcending the boundaries of earlier graphic artistry. These included, among others: laughter-inducing works seemingly scribbled in pencil with captions; animation-like characters placed together with story-like illustrations; and humorous works in which everyday “tweets” are transformed into visual representations of dolls and toys. As always, the judges had quite a task narrowing this remarkable field down to just one Grand Prize winner.
The 6 Finalists
Born in 1984. Graduated from Tohoku University of Art & Design with a concentration in printmaking.
Born in 1989. Graduated from Seian University of Art and Design with a concentration in photography. Currently a research student at the same institution.
Judges (in Japanese syllabary order)
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.
Editor-in-chief of “IDEA” design magazine. Born in Niigata Prefecture in 1975. Graduated from The University of Tokyo with a concentration in Aesthetics and Art Theory. At Seibundo Shinkosha Publishing Co., Ltd., he is involved in editing “IDEA” and design-related books. He is also involved in educational activities at Musashino Art University, Tokyo University of the Arts, MeMe Design School, etc.