In addition to presenting an overview of Akio Okumura’s various past works, the exhibition also introduced the fruits of his activities as a visiting professor at Kyoto University: for example, his world-famous spatial designs and logo for the Center for iPS Cell Research and Application (part of the university's research activities image strategy), VI, and his unique design education work, which has garnered widespread attention. Besides showing Okumura's activities and designs, part of the gallery was converted into a studio where he actually worked, in the process creating an opportunity for interaction between this featured designer and the gallery's visitors.
GRAPHIC WEST 4 "Okumura Akio and Works" Exhibition
January 18, 2012–March 08, 2012
ddd Namba, Osaka
January 18, 2012
Gallery Talk 1
Namba SS Building
- Participants: TSUKADA Ayumu、MIYAZAKI Kenji、OKUMURA Akio
Akio Okumura spoke bout his beliefs, referring to his new logo created for Rohto and the project to update Cow Brand's image. He stated that what is demanded of a designer today isn't to come up with a concept, but rather to produce ideas for a given visual.
February 18, 2012
Gallery Talk 2
Namba SS Building
- Participants: ISHII Shinji、OKUMURA Akio
To begin, he extemporaneously demonstrated what he calls "writing a story on the spot": creating a story, impromptu, in front of an audience, about something that has to do with the place where they are. His story he fabricated on this occasion was a tender, if some - what surrealistic, depiction of a world rich in design - with Okumura as protagonist in the role of a dog. In the dialogue that followed, Ishii and Okumura allowed a glimpse into their commonly shared stance, transcending their professions, to always attempt to see through to the true essence of things.