“GRAPHIC WEST” is a series of exhibitions organized by kyoto ddd gallery that focus not only on Japan's Kansai region and beyond but also extend to Asia. This seventh exhibition in the series, the first held in four years, evolved out of "YELLOW PAGES,” a serialized feature in the graphic design magazine IDEA that introduces Asian designers. It placed the spotlight on works by young designers from Taipei, Beijing and Seoul. In addition to showing their finished works, the exhibition introduced the relationships with the various parties that collaborated in these works' production: clients, photographers, editors, publishers, etc. The exhibition space evoked an image of a work in progress-a construction site with lumber, clamps and the like all scattered about. It provided an opportunity to know part of what is happening today in the field of design in various cities around Asia.
GRAPHIC WEST 7: YELLOW PAGES
April 10, 2018–June 23, 2018
ddd Uzumasa, Kyoto
Exhibition Design Supervision
April 21, 2018
[Workshop for students] From image to imagination
kyoto ddd gallery
- Lecturer: Aaron NIEH
A basic workshop on design with image (iconography) motifs by Aaron Nieh, one of Taiwan's leading graphic designers.
June 09, 2018
[Workshop for students] Discarded books (or "loss of favorite books")
Osaka University of Arts
- Lecturer: Xiao Mage & Chengzi
A workshop by Xiao Mage, a graphic designer based in Beijing. The participants transformed books they were thinking of getting rid of with cutters, glue, needles, thread, pens, and other tools.
May 18, 2018
[Workshop for students] THE COLLECTION SHOW
- Lecturer: Na KIM
A workshop by Na Kim on the theme of personal collections. The workshop started with an interview about items in the participants' collections to create a poster. It was held for two consecutive days on May 18 and 19.
June 16, 2018
kyoto ddd gallery
A talk by Tetsuya Goto, curator, and the two organizers of "KITAKAGAYA FLEA ASIA BOOK MARKET" and "UNKNOWN ASIA," two Asia-focused book fair and art fair that started around the same time in Osaka. They talked about the background and their thoughts on why Asia-focused projects, including "YELLOW PAGES," are being launched in Osaka.
Photographer: YOSHIDA Akihito