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Discovering the Next Generation of Young Graphic Designers

22st “1_WALL” Graphics Exhibition

  • DATES : March 17 (Tue) – April 18 (Sat), 2020
  • HOURS : 11:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.
  • Closed Sundays and public holidays. Admission free.

The 22nd “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 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 March 23 (Mon), i.e. while the exhibition is in progress. During this round, which is open to the public, the six finalists will give presentations of their 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 300,000 yen to prepare for the show.

As always, this latest in the series of “1_WALL” Graphics Exhibitions brings together six diverse up-and-coming young designers. Mako Oodaira uses acrylic paints and black ink to depict doughnuts on canvas. Kiichiro Kobayashi primarily employs tailor’s chalk and paste to depict roosters. Chen Shige expresses the worldview “Those who do not listen are beyond redemption.” Yuta Mizukami draws plants by overlapping noise-like textures born during his creation process. Hinata Mori depicts living things in colored pencils and pencil. Wan Tan draws pop characters.

Mako Oodaira
Born in 1995. Currently studying Art and Design in the Graduate Program of Onomichi City University.

“Who does this beautiful doughnut belong to?”
I mostly create painted works on the relationship between a work and the space in which it is admired. Not keeping to conventional frameworks, I probe possible approaches to how a painting can relate to space.

Kiichiro Kobayashi
Born in 1995. Graduated from Musashino Art University with a concentration in Painting.

“Relationships based only on exchanging New Years cards come to their end.”
Any relationship based only on a yearly exchange of New Years cards comes to its end.
The young rooster I bullied yesterday cries “Don’t fret, don’t fret.”
I say farewell to the closed path and start down a new one.

Chen Shige
Born in 1993. Currently studying Painting in the Graduate School of Art and Design of Musashino Art University.

“Those who are without 5 yen are beyond redemption”
5-yen coin, water stone, maneki-neko, shooting star, comet. There are gaps in levels of trust in different words, a margin of uncertain ambiguity. Does Shinzo always have a 5-yen coin in his wallet to bring good luck?

Yuta Mizukami
Born in 1997. Currently studying Graphic Design at Tama Art University.

There’s more to plants’ appeal than merely being beautiful. I express their unusual vitality as noise. It’s my modest way of countering the contemporary trend toward homogenized digital expression.

Hinata Mori
Born in 1995. Graduated from Joshibi Junior College of Art and Design, majoring in Creative Design.

An attraction to unshakable, overwhelming things: like a roar from deep within the Earth or something continuously burning deep below the surface. To transcend it, a painting provides the way.

Wan Tan
Born in 1998. Currently studying Illustration at Kyoto University of Art and Design, Department of Information Design.

I reworked a once completed work to increase its power and speed as a visual.

Mako Oodaira

Kiichiro Kobayashi

Chen Shige

Yuta Mizukami

Hinata Mori

Wan Tan

Judges (in Japanese syllabary order)

Yuri Uenishi

Art director and graphic designer Yuri Uenishi was born in Tokyo in 1987. In 2010, on graduating from Tama Art University with a concentration in Graphic Design, she joined Dentsu. Today she works in the Creative Planning division. Her works to date include the “World Table Tennis Championships 2015” poster (TV Tokyo) and Laforet Grand Bazar 2019 summer. Her hobbies are travel and mountain climbing in winter. She has visited 40 countries so far.

Atsuki Kikuchi( Graphic designer)

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.

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, where she majored in Textile Design, she became active in diverse areas including: as an illustrator, providing cover art and illustrations for books; writing essays relating to the cinema; and creating manga. She also serves as Associate Professor in the Visual Design program of Joshibi University of Art and Design.

Kenjiro Hosaka

Kenjiro Hosaka, born in 1976, is curator of the National Museum of Modern Art, Tokyo. Among the major exhibitions he has curated are “Francis Bacon” (2013), “The Voice Between: The Art and Poetry of Yoshimasu Gozo” (2016), and “The Japanese House: Architecture and Life after 1945” (2017). He regularly contributes to several magazines, and he has penned essays for the JAGDA Yearbook (2014) and gggBooks 95 (Kazunari Hattori). Photo by Keizo Kioku.

Organizer: Guardian Garden