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Discovering the Next Generation of Young Graphic Designers

12th “1_WALL” Graphics Exhibition

  • DATES : Mon. March 23 - Thu. April 16, 2015
  • HOURS : 11:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.
  • Closed Sundays and holidays. Admission free.

The 12th “1_WALL” Graphics Exhibition is part of an open competition for the right to mount a solo show at Guardian Garden. The exhibition will feature works by six finalists after two rounds of judging: the first round focusing on all entrants’ portfolios, and the second round consisting of one-on-one discussions between the graphic designers selected in the initial round and the judges. For this group exhibition, each finalist is allocated one wall on which to show his or her works.

The final round of judging will take place on April 1 (Wed), i.e. while the exhibition is in progress. During this round, which is open to the public, the six finalists will each give a presentation of his or her works, based on which the judges will select the Grand Prix winner. The winner’s prize is the privilege of holding a solo show at the gallery one year later, plus the right to prepare an exhibition pamphlet.

The twelfth exhibition in this series, like those that preceded it, brings together a colorful array of works by the six finalists: Myoji Matsumoto, who, using the motif of rice and curry, delves in video expressing imaginary scenes conjured up in his mind; Yuri Sakai, who juxtaposes totally disparate “things” – characters, figures, lettering, etc. – and discovers new interest in what such unrelated articles produce when linked together; Yuiji, who depicts the same motif in repetition as an approach to the line separating illustration from patterning; Aokid, who expresses a worldview all his own through drawings divided into multiple parts and fusions of three-dimensional works; Machi Miyahara, who depicts human awareness toward imaginary and real spaces through drawings based on physical perceptions; and Haneno Suzuki, who creates diverse visuals by weaving paper as her way of probing the possibilities of expressing what lies between graphic and textile.

  • Aokid

    1. An area within the city of Berlin.
    2. A fragment. Lining or standing up fragments of the world in an attempt to create a lighthearted, flat space.

  • Yuri Sakai

    The mere existence of a variety of elements creates beauty. I want to feel how nice it is to create something balanced from what lacks balance, and to create connections from things unrelated to one another.

  • Haneno Suzuki

    I probed the possibility of expressing something in-between a graphic and a textile based on minimal elements: combining one aspect as a medium that conveys paper information and one aspect as physical material, and weaving them like paper.

  • Myoji Matsumoto

    “A Person Not to be Forgotten”
    It must be far – or so I thought. But now I’m not sure whether it’s fleeing or chasing me.

  • Machi Miyahara

    “invisible layers”
    from observation, abstraction
    through numerous invisible layers
    I am recording drawings
    of the energy that flows
    in a certain city (space)

  • Yuiji

    Is it something between a pattern and illustration, or their blending?

Final Judging (open to the public)
April 1 (Wed), 2015 6:00 – 8:30 p.m.

Portfolio Review
March 25 (Wed), 2015 7:10 – 9:00p.m.

Opening Party
April 1 (Wed), 2015 8:30 – 9:30 p.m.


Born in Tokyo,1988. Graduated from Tokyo Zokei University Department of Film. Awards: 2014 Selected ...

Yuri Sakai

Born in 1988. Graduated from Tokyo Polytechnic University, Faculty of Arts, Department of Design, wi...

Haneno Suzuki

Born in 1989. Second-year student in the Masters Program in Design, Graduate School of Fine Arts, at...


Born in 1994. Second-year student at Tokyo University of the Arts, Faculty of Fine Arts, Painting Department, majoring in Oil Painting.

Machi Miyahara

Born in 1988. Currently studying in the Master of Arts course in Space Strategies at Weissensee Scho...


Born in 1993. Presently a third-year student at Kyoto University of Art & Design, Department of...

Judges (in Japanese syllabary order)

Koji Iyama(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.

Daijiro Ohara(Graphic designer)

Graphic designer born in Kanagawa Prefecture in 1978. In 2003, upon graduating from Musashino Art University with a concentration in Basic Design, he established omomma. In addition to undertaking design work and video production, through exhibitions, workshops, performance, etc. he undertakes numerous projects probing new perceptions in language and the written word. In 2014 he won a JAGDA New Designer Award and Tokyo TDC Award. http://omomma.in/ (Japanese only)

Jun Tsuzuki(Illustrator)

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

Kuniko Nagasaki(Illustrator)

Illustrator born in Tokyo in 1970. After graduating from Tama Art University with a concentration in Textile Design, she began working as a freelance illustrator for books, advertising, etc. Her representative book cover designs include Rich Dad, Poor Dad: What The Rich Teach Their Kids About Money (Chikumashobo) and Bushido Sixteen (Bungeishunju). She is Associate Professor in the Visual Design course, Department of Design and Crafts, at Joshibi University of Art and Design.

Kiyonori Muroga(Editor in Chief of “IDEA”)

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.

Organizer: Guardian Garden