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13th “1_WALL” Graphics Exhibition

  • DATES : Mon. September 28 - Thu. October 22, 2015
  • HOURS : 11:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.
  • Closed Sundays and holidays. Admission free.

The 13th “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 October 6 (Tue), 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, and the judges will then discuss the relative merits of the six contenders’ works and select the Grand Prize 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.

As always, this latest in the series of “1_WALL Graphics Exhibitions” brings together a highly diverse array of modes of artistic expression. Hikaru Ichijo focuses on the fact that living creatures devour each other, and expresses animals’ digestive tract as a strip of ribbon. KATSUOTONIMEI aims to create new spaces in data by a repeated process of printing digital artworks drawn on a computer, adding handwritten touches to them, and then scanning them once more. Megumi Fujita takes the excited emotions that well up from within her and translates them into lively colors and shapes. Norio Taniguchi etches images from the ancient past into wood using the technique of woodblock printing. Shohei Morimoto attempts to express various sentiments that arise in the course of everyday life by incorporating multiple scenes into a single picture. Tomomi Mizukoshi creates visuals of “fun zones” in pictures, a perception all her own, using forms somewhere between lines and manga.

  • Hikaru Ichijo

    “Life Ribbon”

    Two living creatures, one eaten by the other. The structure of their digestive systems is the same: a continuous strip starting from the moment of eating until defecation. I expressed this point in common as a ribbon.


    “Person from a Moment Ago”

    Here I depict a person who yearns to go someplace far away, a person who has already gone away, and a place that’s become nowhere in particular.


  • Megumi Fujita

    “Pattern with Intent”

    Things I like, things I dislike, pretty colors and pleasant music, dancing, thrills and excitement. Feelings just keep expanding.

  • Norio Taniguchi

    “A Forgotten Place”

    I set down events that took place sometime, someplace, that everybody has forgotten (they never existed in the first place) and no one knows. The wavy lines deepen our distant memory.

  • Shohei Morimoto


    What glows hazily in my mind appears ever so faint. What’s seen is probably different, and maybe it can’t be conveyed. But since it’s real for me, I thought I would try telling about it after all.

  • Tomomi Mizukoshi

    “Fun Zones”

    I depicted the passage of time in each zone.


Final Judging (open to the public) October 6 (Tue), 2015 6:00 – 9:00 p.m.

reception October 6 (Tue), 2015 9:00 – 10:00 p.m.

Hikaru Ichijo

Born in 1989. Student at Tokyo University of the Arts Graduate School.  

Megumi Fujita

Born in 1983. Graduated from Setsu Mode Seminar.

Norio Taniguchi

Born in Fukuoka Prefecture in 1988. Graduated from Tokyo Zokei University.

Shohei Morimoto

Born in 1986. Graduated from the Visual Design course of Kuwasawa Design School.

Tomomi Mizukoshi

Born in 1992. Graduated from Tama Art University with a degree in Graphic Design.


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

Judges (in Japanese syllabary order)

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)

Koichi Sato(Graphic designer)

Graphic designer born in Takasaki City, Gunma Prefecture, in 1944. He graduated from Tokyo National University of Fine Arts and Music (now, Tokyo University of the Arts) with a degree in Visual Design. After working in the advertising department of Shiseido, he went freelance in 1971. He has won numerous awards both in Japan and abroad. He continues to work with great enjoyment. He is a member of AGI and Professor Emeritus of Tama Art University.


Yutanpo Shirane(Illustrator)

Born in Fukaya City, Saitama Prefecture, in 1968. He creates a wide array of illustrations for magazines, advertising and other print media, web contents, etc. Among his most recent works are cover illustrations for BRUTUS, visuals for GU sales campaigns, and illustrations for radiko’s “Oto-genic” campaign. In addition to his commercial work, he has created a collection of his noncommissioned works, mounted solo exhibitions, and participated in many group exhibitions.

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