Discovering the Next Generation of Young Graphic Designers
The 14th “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 (Fri), 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, together with 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. Ayaka Sanuki, uses simplified line drawings to make us think about the shapes of things and our recognition of them. Kohei Sekigawa takes non-existing motifs and treats them realistically as if they existed. Momoe Narazaki injects her interpretations of social issues into brilliantly colored illustrations. millitsuka, in unique spaces, expresses realms she imagines in her daily walks. Yume Yamakawa uses characteristic textures to depict young girls and animals in a utopia all her own. Fukiko Yoshida employs velvet-smooth giant reliefs and paintings to produce ideal young men.
Born in 1993. Currently in the Master Course at Kyoto University of Art & Design.
Born in 1993. Fourth year student in the Faculty of Design, Department of Visual Design, at Kyoto Seika University.
Judges (in Japanese syllabary order)
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)
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.
An experimental typography group formed in 1993 by Hidechika – the one with a beard but no surname – and Tetsuya Tsukada – the one with a surname but no beard. For 24 years now, they have been playing with writing systems, probing new concepts through their experiments in disarticulating, combining and reconfiguring the written word.
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.
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