Biography

Biography

April 02 , 2015

Shun Kawakami
artist / conductor of design
(Born in Tokyo, in 1977.)

Born in Fukagawa Tokyo in 1977. Represents artless Inc. Kawakami has been actively involved in a wide array of creative endeavors including design, art, branding, interactive, video, product, installation, and space production.

Shun Kawakami has been energetically involved in sponsoring exhibitions and projects in Japan and overseas as well as curation while also submitting his art works to different media. In 2008, he was selected to participate in the Kansei-Japan Design Exhibition" at Les Arts Décoratifs (Musée du Louvre, Paris), sponsored by the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry to commemorate the 150th year of Japan-France exchange. For this occasion, he produced a unique art book. In 2010, he won the Gold Award at the Cannes Lions International Advertising Festival (video for a TV channel in Finland (ch4)). In 2010, he selected to Tokyo Graphic Passport at Centre Pompidou in Paris. In 2015, he was selected to H&M kyoto opening visual artist, and also was selected to Starbuck Shibuya Q-Front Store renewal opening artist.

Kawakami has won several prestigious international awards including NY ADC: Young Gun 6, NY ADC, NY TDC, The One Show and London International Award. Also in Japan, Kawakami has won numerous awards including Tokyo TDC, iF Design, Good Design Award and Tokyo Interactive Ad Award. His professional membership includes New York Art Directors Club (NY ADC), Japan Graphic Designers Association Inc.
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川上 シュン 
アーティスト/コンダクター・オブ・デザイン

1977年、東京都深川生まれ。artless Inc. 代表。「アートとデザイン」を横断的に考え、安土桃山時代を中心とする水墨画、障壁画、茶の湯、生花、盆栽、作庭、建築など、高度に洗練された「日本独自の美的理念」へ回帰しながらも、2000年以降、急速にデジタル化した「デザインとテクノロジー」との融合により生まれる新たな美の形成を追求している。

その領域は多岐にわたり、 アート、 デザイン、タイポグラフィック、インタラクティブ、映像、インスタレーション、空間演出など、アートとデザイン双方から多方面へアプローチを 続け、国内外問わずグローバルに活動を行う。

2000年、「artless」として独立し「+81 magazine」等のグラフィックデザインを中心に活動をスタート。2008年、世界中の30歳以下の優れたアートディレクター50名を選出する「NY ADC: Young Gun 6」を受賞、翌年の2009年は審査員も行い、同年、日仏交流150周年記念事業として経済産業省が主催するパリ/ルーブル宮内「装美術館」での「感性展」(印刷部門)に選出されアートブックを制作展示。2010 年にはフィンランドの TV 局(ch4)の為に制作した映像作品が、「カンヌ国際広告祭」(Cannes Lions International Advertising Festival) で金賞を受賞。2011年年始、新宿伊勢丹のショーウィンドウ/VMD(ビジュアルマーチャンダイジング)を担当。本館とメンズ館の計21面に及ぶウィンドウと、本館一階「The Stage」のアートディレクション及びグラフィックワークを制作。2012年、デザイン界におけるオスカー賞を自称し、世界的に最も権威のあるデザイン賞の一つ。ドイツ・ハノーファーを拠点とするアワード「iF: International Forum Design Hannover (Germany)」を受賞。同年、CREATIVITY INTERNATIONAL AWARDS : 41st annualも受賞。2013年、ONE SHOW DESIGN(NY)ゴールドペンシル/金賞、アジアを代表するデザインアワード「DFAA - Design For Asia Award 2013 (Hong Kong)」を受賞し、また、国内でも、東京TDC、グッドデザイン賞、SDA AWARDS 2013、DSA Award - Japan Design Space Association Award (GOLD PRIZE - 日本空間デザイン賞/優秀賞) を受賞。2014年、H&M Kyotoのオープニングアーティストに選出されグラフィックアート作品を制作。2015年、Web界のアカデミー賞と称されるThe Webby Awardを受賞。同年、スターバックスShibuya Q-Front 店のリニューアルに際し、壁面の全体のアートワークを担当。

その他、ポンピドゥセンター、ミラノサローネ、TENT LONDON、DMY(ベルリン)、BODW(香港)シンガポールデザインフェスティバル、上海デザインビエンナーレ等、国内外でのエキシビションやフェスティバルにも参加。NY ADC、D&AD、The One Show、 London International Award 、NY TDC、Tokyo TDC、グッドデザイン賞、Tokyo Interactive Ad Award 等、国内外で多数の受賞歴を持つ。


Member :
The Art Directors Club (New York)
Japan Graphic Designers Association / JAGDA

URL:
www.shunkawakami.jp
www.artless.co.jp

Mail:
info@artless.co.jp

Studio:
Tokyo, Japan
1-32-12-13F higashi shibuya tokyo 150-0011 japan


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Biography

about shun kawakami by Satoru Yamashita

August 03 , 2011

about shun kawakami
by Satoru Yamashita
(+81 magazine & tokyo graphic passport / creative director)

I've known Shun Kawakami since he was 23, and the fundamental stance of his works remains unchanged. In them, he is continually searching for a comfortable "space" known in Japanese as Ma. The "space" referred to by this term is different from minimalism and indicates an area characterized by both permanence and tension.

What comes to mind for me whenever I discuss "space" is the philosophy of Sen no Rikyu's tea ceremony. Rikyu provided permanence, space, and tension for the hosts and guests in a small, modest room. In doing so, he gave rise to the perception of "space" existing within a confined area and drew attention to the possibility of an instant of time removed from the vulgarity of the outside world.

In painting, we can find such "space" in the "emptiness" seen in the"Shorin-zu Byobu" screen by Tohaku Hasegawa (who was incidentally a close friend of Rikyu's) as well as in Sotatsu Tawaraya's "Fujin and Raijin." The sort of blank space found in both of these works evinces the presence of powerful colliding forces and tension and has become beloved amongst the Japanese.

Kawakami's portrayals that make use of empty space bring a tension to the image, as if it were suspended from all four corners by a thread. Indeed, the dense, complexly molded forms placed within this space seem more like calligraphy than pictorial representation. Adding interactive movement, audio, and a time axis to this complex creates a comfortable "space" that is entirely unique to Kawakami.

Kawakami, who started off as a graphic designer, incorporates everything from web motion, music, and graphic art technology to programming and artistic quality into his creations while establishing a work environment of mutual compromise between himself and society. He provides a comfortable "space" in which the client is the "guest" and the creator is the "host." This also carries over into Kawakami's private work as an artist, where he grants us the chance to behold a world made up of his pleasant style of space, and it is this that makes his artwork so fascinating.

Biography, Exhibition & Installation

List of Exhibition

May 25 , 1977

2015

solo exhibition
shun kawakami: snow landscapes

Backwoods Gallery, Melbourne, Australia
2015. Sep 25 - Oct 4.

art installation for The Westminster Roppongi (Residence | Public Space)
The Westminster Roppongi, Tokyo, Japan
2015

art installation for Satoyama Jujo (hotel)
Niigata, Japan
2015

art installation for oft tokyo (art gallery)
Nakameguro, Tokyo, Japan
2015

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2014

H&M Kyoto:
new store opening collaboration artist - shun kawakami

H&M kyoto store, Kyoto, Japan
2014. 11/29 sat

solo exhibition: modern-classic
No Vacancy Project Space (Melbourne, Australia)
2014. 7/19 sat - 7/27 wed

shun kawakami, between art and design
Daikanyama Tsight, Tokyo, Japan
2014. 6/24 tue - 7/10 wed

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2013

shun kawakami (artless) at Restaurant-I
Hatajuku, Tokyo, Japan
2012.12/1 - 2013.3/31


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2012

solo exhibition of shun kawakami + artless
GYRE Omotesando, Tokyo, Japan

2012. 8/28 tue - 9/2 sun

exhibition of artless Inc.
"portfolio"

common, Omotesando, Tokyo, Japan
2012. 1.12.thu.-15.sun.


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2011

arnk: solo exhibition of shun kawakami
hotel anteroom kyoto, Japan
2011.12.4 - 2012.1.9

Tokyo Graphic Passport at Centre Pompidou (Paris)
2011. 9/22-10/3
Speaker & Workshop :
Symposium
Date : 2011.9.30 (Fri.) PM5:30 - PM8:30
Venue : Centre Pompidou B1F Les Salles De Spectacle..
Part2 : 2011.10.1 (Sat.)
Time & Venue : PM2:00 at Forum Workshop Space
Lecture : Shun Kawakami

Collet (Paris)
Installation art in the boutique
2011.10/1-31
ar Collet, Paris, France

+81 Gallery+Lab : The first anniversary exhibition
2011.4.2 Sat - 5.1 Sun
Open: 14:00-19:00 (Wed-Fri), 12:00-19:00 (Sat, Sun)
at Chiyoda 3331

TOKYO FRONTLINE (ART FAIR)
Platform for Contemporary Art & Photography
2011. 2/17-2/20
at 3331 Arts Chiyoda


2010

Seoul Design Festival 2010
[video installation]
2010. 12/8 - 12/12 [10:30〜19:00]
at COEX (Holl C / Pacific Hall)
World Trade Center Samseong-dong, Gangnam-gu, Seoul

SILENTSEEING :
MOON IN TIME & STYLE

exhibition of art and photography
2010. 9/11 - 10/24
at TIME & STYLE MIDTOWN (Tokyo)

Shun Kawakami - Exhibition in Nice France
8/22 19:00 - (reception)
at Saison-Nice
17, rue Gubernatis 06000 Nice

MILANO SALONE / MILANO MODA
shun kawakami per giuliano fujiwara
4/13 - 19 (11:00-20:00)
Reception Party: 4/13 19:00-21:00
at giuliano Fujiwara / MILANO Store

shun kawakami + gen miyamura
exhibition of graphic arts and calligraphy

2010.4/2(FRI)-18(SUN)
Opening Reception 4/3 (SAT) 18:00 - 21:00
at +81 Gallery+Lab. (3331 Arts Chiyoda 204)

GEN MIYAMURA NEWWORKS 2010 by artless
2010/1.3(sun)-1.31(sun)
11:00-20:00 [Close:Wed]
at SferaExhibition (KYOTO)


2009

JAGDA TOKYO No. 22 exhibition:balloon
@JAGDA TOKYO (Roppongi Tokyo)

6th - 10th Oct. 2009
Tokyo, Japan

"Art with Sound™ at KLDW 2009"
27th March. - 4th April. 2009
at National Art Gallery, KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia


2008

感性:kansei ‐ Japan Design Exhibition
at Les Arts Décoratifs (Musée du Louvre / Paris)
2008.12/12 (fri) - 21(san)

"Art with Sound™ at ALT SPACE"
28th Nov. - 7th Dec. 2008
Tokyo, Japan
http://www.dualcitysessions.com/

ADC Young Guns 6
Opening Party and Exhibition

Opening Party: 4th September 2008 / 7:30-9:30pm
Exhibition: 5th - 18th September, 2008
@ ADC Gallery, New York,US

"Shanghai Design Biennial 2008 @ 上海/中国"
"Art with Sound : 2nd Exhibition"
18-20th September 2008
Shanghai Exhibition Center, Shanhai, China
http://www.dualcitysessions.cn/

"DMY 2008 - International Design Festival Berlin"
21-25th May 2008
Berlin, Germany
http://www.dualcitysessions.com/

"FTC collaboration art deck release exhibition"
March-April 2008
FTC Tokyo, Japan
http://www.ftcsf.com/


2007
"null™ in singapore"
Singapore Design Festival
Old School, Singapore

"null™ in giuliano Fujiwara"
DesignTide 2007
Tokyo, Japan


2006
"biishiki"
+81 magazine 10th Anniverary Exhibition
Esso Gallry, Chelsea, New York. USA

"shun kawakami solo exhibition"
OFFICE®, Tokyo, Japan

"null™ | Tokyo" Levi's® Concept Store
Aoyama, Tokyo, Japan

"null™ | Osaka+Nagoya" URBAN RESEARCH
Osaka and Nagoya, Japan

"null™ | Sapporo" soso cafe
Sapporo, Japan


2005
"null* | Tokyo" COMME CA COMMUNE
Shibuya, Tokyo, Japan

"JAPAN WEEK in UK"
Exhibition of Japanese Contemporary Art
Cardiff, UK

"null™ | Kyoto" Prinz
Kyoto, Japan
2004
"photographs wrapped in design."
Gallery ROCKET
Omotesando, Tokyo, Japan

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Publications:
2007
"null™ 3"

2006
null-bon exclamation "15"

2005
null-bon "YOHAKU"

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Award, Biography

Award

May 25 , 1977

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2011

the 2011 elections to the D&AD Executive Committee. (London)
D&AD Executive Elections are now underway with 16 candidates standing this year,
wanting to support D&AD's mission and vision and lead the organisation forward.

The Tokyo Typo Directors Club (Tokyo TDC)
Annual Award 2011

[Nomination] ISSEY MIYAKE INC. / ELTTOBTEP (present package)

DDA AWARD - Japan Display Design Award 2001
ディスプレイデザイン賞 2011 入選
[Nomination] ISETAN (Honkan & Men's) : Show Window "boku-sho" 2011

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2010

CANNES LIONS
International Advertising Festiva : "GOLD" (Design Lions)
Corporate or Brand Identity / Broadcast Design & Graphics :

D&AD / THE BEST ADVERTISING AND DESIGN IN THE WORLD (UK)
Awards 2010 : TV & Cinema Communications
TV Promotions, Stings & Programme Junctions

Vuoden Huiput (Finland)
(Best of the Year) : "Shortlist"

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2009

NY ADC : Young Gun 7 / Judge
NY TDC55 - The Type Directors Club (NY) :
Print [Packaging] (New York)
The Tokyo Typo Directors Club (Tokyo TDC)
Annual Award 2009
JAGDA : Graphic Design in Japan 2009

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2008

ADC Young Guns 6 (New York)
Award-winning : The final 50.
London International Awards (UK)
The One Show Book Design Finaist (New York)
Tokyo Interactive AD Award Finaist : GYRE

JCD Design Award 2008 BEST 100
Dual City Sessions 2007 (the Japanese Society of Commercial Space Designers)

DDA AWARD : Display Design Awards 2008
Selected Work / Dual City Sessions 2007 (the Japan Display Design Association)
* Exhibition Design by upsetters architects

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2000-2007

The ADC 86th Annual Awards :
GRAPHIC DESIGN - POSTER DESIGN/PROMOTIONAL : Merit (New York)
Tokyo Interactive AD Award Finalist, Branding Site
Japan Good Design Award
Applied Japan Typography
Web Design Annual Japan
Adobe Motion Award Interactive / grand prize
The FWA (UK)

etc...

Biography

Pubulications and Articles

May 25 , 1977

EU >
D&AD 2010 / THE BEST ADVERTISING AND DESIGN IN THE WORLD
SIDE WAYS - A SMART ART PROJECT (Die Gestalten Verlag)
Wallpaper (UK)
novum (DE)
JAPANESE GRAPHIC NOW (TASCHEN)
Guidelines for Online Success (TASCHEN)
TASCHEN'S 1000 Favorite websites (TASCHEN)
Web Design Studios / ICINS (TASCHEN) ...

US >
ADC : Young Gun 6 (NewYork)
ADC : Art Directors Annual 86 (NewYork)
NY TDC - The Type Directors Club
One Show : Annual ...

JAPAN >
RICH magazine
TOKYO VISUALIST
IDEA NO.339
Tokyo TDC 2009
JAGDA / GRAPHIC DESIGN IN JAPAN 2009
JAGDA Report 186
KiOKU NI NOKORU WEB-SITE (BNN) - Interviewer
WOW 10
+81 Magazine
Numero Tokyo
BRAIN Magazine
New Japanesque Design (Pie Books)
Japan Typography Annual
The Web Deisgn Annual
Mdn Designers File
Graphic Designers Year Book
デザインのひきだし 9
ブレーン
WebDesigning ...

ASIA >
Super Identity: All Rights Reserved
COLOUR MANIA: viction:arry
Idn Magazine (Hong Kong)
Neo Photo / Idn (Hong Kong)
iSh (Singapore)
territory magazine #9 (Malaysia) ...

Australian >
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