artwork

shun kawakami’s artbook

June 08, 2016

Shun Kawakami’s first collected works,
between art and design

credit:
artwork & art direction: shun kawakami, artless Inc.

design: koyuki inagaki, artless Inc.
photographer: yuu kawakami
publisher: W Inc.

Shun Kawakami(artist/conductor of design/representative of artless Inc.), is proud to announce the publication of the artist’s first collected works, between art and design on June 17th(Friday).

As the head of branding agency artless Inc., Shun Kawakami has made a mark in multiple fields including branding, web design, film, exhibition design, product, architecture, interior design, signage, and spatial design; combining design with an art based approach. While working on projects in Japan and abroad, he also has had a successful career as an artist, known for his distinctive style and approach to art and design.

While taking cues from traditional Japanese aesthetics, best exemplified by ‘ma’ or ‘empty space’, Shun Kawakami has adopted the modern technique of ‘graphic collage’, merging elements of photography and drawing to create a unique synthesis of traditional and modern art. Throughout his body of work, he explores the theme of ‘a recursion to Japanese aesthetics, and a synthesis of design and technology’ to pursue a ‘state of beauty’ and a ‘singular expression.’

The book feature works that were exhibited at GYRE; Omotesando, tokyo in 2012. between art and design will immerse readers into the works of Shun Kawakami, where multiple disciplines are traversed and art and design is synthesised to create something wholly original and singular.

order/contact
W Inc. Takeshi Gonnokami TEL : 03-6416-5219 Email : gonnokami@wtokyo.co.jp
artless Inc. Satoko Tanaka TEL : 03-6434-1345 Email : satoko@artless.co.jp

Title : between art and design
Format : softcover B5 custom size 48P in English and Japanese
Release date : June 17(Friday), 2016
ISBN : 978-4-9907652-4-8
Price : ¥3,780
Art direction : shun kawakami (artless Inc.)
Design : artless Inc.
Publisher : W Inc.
Circulation : limited 500 copies

川上シュン(アーティスト/コンダクター・オブ・デザイン/artless Inc. 代表)、初の作品集となる『between art and design』を6月17日(金)に刊行いたします。

川上シュンは、ブランディングエージェンシーartless Inc. の代表として、企業ロゴ・アイデンティティ、ウェブ、映像、エキシビション、プロダクト、建築やインテリア、サイネージといった空間演出まで、幅広い活動領域とアートのアプローチを組み合わせた独自の表現を強みとし、国内外のプロジェクトを手がけている一方、独自の作風をもつアーティストとしても活躍しています。

間や余白によって表される、高度に洗練された日本独自の伝統美を重んじながらも、フォトグラフィー・ドローイングのグラフィック・コラージュという現代的な技法を取り入れ、「日本独自の美的理念への回帰とデザインとテクノロジーとの融合」をテーマに、美の境地と「無二なる唯一の表現」を追求するアーティストです。

本書は、2012年に東京・表参道のGYREでの展示作品を収めたアートブックです。ひとつのカテゴリーにおさまることなく横断的に思考を遊ばせながら、アートとデザインの要素を織り交ぜたプリミティブな美を感じることができる一冊。まさにアートとデザインの領域を自在に行き交う、川上シュン氏が表現した『between art and design』の世界をお楽しみください。

ご注文・お問い合わせ:
W Inc. 権守剛 TEL:03-6416-5219 Email:gonnokami@wtokyo.co.jp
artless Inc. 田中智子 TEL:03-6434-1345 Email:satoko@artless.co.jp

タイトル : between art and design
判型 : ソフトカバー B5 変形サイズ 48P 日英併記
発売日 : 2016 年6月17日(金)
ISBN : 978-4-9907652-4-8
価格 : ¥3,780
監修 : shun kawakami (artless Inc.)
デザイン : artless Inc.
発行元 : W Inc.
* 発行部数:限定500部

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catalogue design for STRASBURGO

May 08, 2016

STRASBURGO / SEASON CATALOGUE 2016 SS
art direction + graphic design
http://strasburgo.co.jp/

credit:
creative direction: artless Inc.
planning, art direction: shun kawakami, artless Inc.

design: nao nozawa, artless Inc.
men’s stylist: kensuke sakurai
women’s stylist: miyuki uesugi
photographer: akinori ito
item photo: yuu kawakami
client: LIDEA & CO.,LTD

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branding & identity

brand design for MODERN KYOTO CERAMIC

April 11, 2016

MODERN KYOTO CERAMIC
branding + exhibition design
http://www.modernkyotoceramic.com/

credit :
branding & art direction: shun kawakami, artless Inc.
graphic design: nao nozawa, artless Inc.

website design: koyuki inagaki, artless Inc.
programming: adrien dufond, artless interactive
artists on 3rd exhibition: hirotsugu ogawa, junpei omori, maryu sugita, shinya taniguchi, takao kano, yusuke matsubayashi
curator: aiko shimizu + toryo ito
producer: ryo kagami, teppei shinabe
photographer: kaoru kuwajima
support staff: mariko katayama, masahiro yoshida, tomokazu suigura
translation: alice caffyn, yuka maeda, akiho Horton

Art direction by artless Inc., MODERN KYOTO CERAMIC is an experimental gathering of contemporary artists with the aim of exploring the past, present, and future of ‘Kyo-yaki’, traditional high-fired ceramics produced in Kyoto.
We strongly identified with the group’s vision and had operated as an art director for their exhibition MODERN KYOTO CERAMICS 2015.
Our activities were not only limited to graphic design, but had also had a hand in producing signage and spatial design, as well as setting up a website that chronicled the participating artists’ creative journeys.
As an ongoing project we are dedicated to supporting the creativities, and will continue to relay the talent and vision of the artist at MODERN KYOTO CERAMIC.

MODERN KYOTO CERAMIC is an experimental space created for the pursuit of the pottery symbolizes the age we live in ‘now’.
Many skilled artisans and potters feature in the history of ‘Kyo-yaki’: Nonomura Ninsei and Ogata Kenzan in the Edo period; Kinkozan Sobei and Seifu Yohei in the Meiji period; and Yagi Kazuo in the postwar period.
These potters – influenced by the times they lived in – strove to pursue the ‘now’ of their respective eras and succeeded in producing pottery that defined them.
MODERN KYOTO CERAMIC takes a different theme based on ‘Kyo-yaki’ every year.

artlessがアートディレクションを務める「MODERN KYOTO CERAMIC」は、現代作家の視点から、京都の伝統的なやきもの「京焼」についての過去・現在・未来を探求するための実験的な機会です。
弊社はこの活動に深く共感し、昨年の展覧会「京焼+琳派 今展 2015」ではグラフィック、会場構成企画、サインデザインを担当、そしてその活動記録を紹介するウェブサイトを立ち上げる等、包括的なデザインを手がけています。
今後もクリエイティブのサポーターとして参画し、随時、活動内容や展覧会情報を発信していきますので、ぜひご期待ください。

「MODERN KYOTO CERAMIC」とは、現代作家の視点から、京都の伝統的なやきもの「京焼」についての過去・現在・未来を探求するための実験的な機会です。
京都のやきもの「京焼」は京文化から始まり、中国やヨーロッパなどさまざまな地域の文化の刺激を受けながら、現在までにその姿を変えてきました。
江戸時代には野々村仁清、尾形乾山、明治時代には錦光山総兵衛、清風余平、戦後には八木一夫といった多くの名工、陶芸家が、その時代の影響を受けながらその時々の ”いま” を追求し、時代を象徴する「京焼」を生み出してきました。
「MODERN KYOTO CERAMIC」では、この「京焼」をめぐるさまざまなテーマに毎年、挑戦していきます。

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invitation design for Cruciani

April 02, 2016

Cruciani / INVITATION 2015
art direction + graphic design
http://strasburgo.co.jp/

credit:
creative direction: artless Inc.
planning, art direction: shun kawakami, artless Inc.

design: nao nozawa, artless Inc.
photographer: yuu kawakami
client: LIDEA & CO.,LTD

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catalogue design for THE CONRAN SHOP

April 01, 2016

THE CONRAN SHOP / SS catalogue 2016
art direction + graphic design

credit :
creative direction: artless Inc.
planning, art direction: shun kawakami, artless Inc.

design: nao nozawa, artless Inc.
photographer: yuu kawakami
client: Conran Shop Japan Ltd.

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