Discovering the Next Generation of Young Graphic Designers
The 23rd “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 five 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 live web streaming of ﬁnal round of judging will take place on April 22 (Thu), i.e. while the exhibition is in progress. During this round, which is open to the public, the five finalists will give presentations of their works, and the judges will then discuss the relative merits of the five 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.
This latest in the series of group exhibitions brings together five diverse up-and-coming young designers. Shoko Ishikawa creates “neo ceramics” by embroidering and printing on cloth as depictions of vases and other receptacles. Seri uses wood and vinyl tape to construct spatial art consisting of installations and flat graphics. Hirate makes works from forms to be worn as fashion, an idea born from a sense of distance from others. Yuka Hotta probes the concept of characters and draws with pencil and acrylic paints on plywood. Eri Yagi creates drawings in watercolors and pencil taking inspiration from things that happen to her.
Born in 1995. Graduated from Tama Art University with a concentration in Textile Design. Currently affiliated with the Integrated Design Laboratory of the same university.
Born in 1996. Currently studying Design in the Graduate School of Tokyo University of the Arts.
Born in 1997.
Born in 1999. Currently studying Oil Painting at Tokyo University of the Arts.
Born in 1994. Currently studying at Tokyo University of the Arts Graduate School, majoring in Oil Painting Technique and Material.
Judges (in Japanese syllabary order)
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 42 countries so far.
Web designer Ryoji Tanaka was born in Mie Prefecture in 1975. He founded Semitransparent Design in 2003. His major activities include planning of the exhibitions “tFont/fTime” at YCAM and “Illuminating Graphics 1 and 2” at Creation Gallery G8, as well as holding Semitransparent Design’s “Boring/Bored” exhibition at ggg.
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.
Graphic designer Kazunari Hattori was born in Tokyo in 1964. After graduating from the Department of Design, Faculty of Fine Arts, of Tokyo National University of Fine Arts and Music, he initially worked for Light Publicity before going freelance. His major works include art direction of the magazines “Ryuko Tsushin,” “here and there” and “Mayonaka”; and, for Hermès Japon, art direction of “Hermès Bespoke Objects” and “L’atelier petit h.” He also performed VI planning for the Hirosaki Museum of Contemporary Art.
Kiyonori Muroga was born in Nagaoka, Niigata Prefecture, in 1975. Since 1999 he has performed editorial work mainly in planning related to graphic design, typography and visual culture. He also is engaged, internationally, in critique, lecturing and exhibition planning concerning those genres. Mr. Muroga formerly served as editor-in-chief of “IDEA” magazine. In recent years, he has been in charge of books such as The Next Form of Lettering Designs in Japan and Noritake’s WORKS. He is editor-in-chief of JAGDA’s “The Graphic Design Review” website.