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Discovering the Next Generation of Young Graphic Designers

16th “1_WALL” Graphics Exhibition

  • DATES : February 21 (Tue) – March 17 (Fri), 2017
  • HOURS : 11:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.
  • Closed Sundays. Admission free.

The 16th “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 February 28 (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 includes the privilege of holding a solo show at the gallery one year later, 100,000 yen to prepare for the show, plus the right to prepare an exhibition pamphlet.

As always, this latest in the series of “1_WALL” Graphics Exhibitions brings together a diverse array of modes of artistic expression. Hiroyuki Ishii experiments with spatial expressions featuring digitally created illustrations primarily in pastel colors. Kazuyuki Ishida depicts “forms that catch the imagination” lurking largely unnoticed within our everyday lives. wimp takes figures she has wrapped in blue plastic and scans them, creating new images from 3-dimensional computer graphics data. SERENA, using drawings and text, gives expression to the feelings of uncertainty that lie hidden in the smiling photos of young people posted on the social networks. Akina Tokiyoshi makes 3-dimensional collages of dog shapes using dog photos she has shot. Mary Fujii avails of web technology to present the breadth of, and pursue new possibilities in, expressive drawing methods.

Hiroyuki Ishii
Born in 1985. Attended Kuwasawa Design School, concentrating in Spatial Design.

“Interior”
Things in space. The spaces spaced between things and things. Please look at spatial senses like that.

Kazuyuki Ishida
Born in 1993. Graduated from Tokyo Zokei University with a concentration in Graphic Design.

“Forms can be Seen”
But we don’t look at them. This is my attempt to depict and make clearly visible the various forms we pay no attention to when we’re caught up in our everyday lives.

wimp
Born in 1992. Currently studying at Tokyo University of the Arts, majoring in Intermedia Art.

“PACKING SERIES”
I wrap figures in blue plastic, rendering the characters’ context and individuality invisible, in forays into regenerating images from the layer left at the surface.

SERENA
Born in 1994. Currently a student in the Visual Design course at Joshibi University of Art and Design.

“Drunk on a Mont Blanc Parfait”
Cloyingly cute images of young people floating in large numbers over social networks. From there their instability appears and disappears.

Akina Tokiyoshi
Born in 1994. Graduated from the Information Design course of Kyoto University of Art & Design.

“One All”
My theme is “almost illustration,” the state in which the original and its reproduction are generally the same.

Mary Fujii
Born in 1989. Completed the graduate program in Fine Arts at Kyoto City University of Arts.

“web drawing series_living cells”
I divide drawings into their component parts and reconfigure them on the web using the parallax effect. I think doing so I may be able to inject a greater sense of inscrutability in the scenes they depict.

Kazuyuki Ishida

Born in 1993. Graduated from Tokyo Zokei University with a concentration in Graphic Design.

wimp

Born in 1992. Graduated from Information Design Course, Department of Information Design, Tama Art U...

SERENA

Born in 1994. Currently a student in the Visual Design course at Joshibi University of Art and Desig...

Akina Tokiyoshi

Born in 1994. Graduated from the Information Design course of Kyoto University of Art & Design.

Mary Fujii

Born in 1989. Completed the graduate program in Fine Arts at Kyoto City University of Arts.

Judges (in Japanese syllabary order)

Rika Eguchi(Art director and Artist)

Art director and artist engaging in a broad array of artistic activities: everything from the two to three dimensional, advertising, and clothing. Her works include design of Softbank’s “PANTONE∞“ and baby toys for Benesse Kodomo Challenge, and costume design for figure skater Daisuke Takahashi (2011). Among the many awards she has garnered to date are a JAGDA New Designer Award, “Hitotsubo Exhibition” Grand Prize, Taro Okamoto Award for Contemporary Art (Excellent Award), Good Design Award, and a D&AD Yellow Pencil Award (UK).

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)

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.

Dainippon Type Organization

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.

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