Digesting Design

Graphic Trial 2009 Exhibition

Posted in Exhibitions by Paul on July 13, 2009



On Saturday I visited the Tokyo Printing Museum to check out the exhibition called ‘Graphic Trial 2009‘. Graphic Trial is in it’s forth year at the museum and is an annual experiment involving four prominent graphic artists who rigorously explore the relationship between graphic design and the art of printing in an effort to discover new dimensions in artistic expression. This years artists were Kan Akita, Ryosuke Uehara, Kenjiro Sano, and Katsuhito Yagi. The aim was to use only common offset printing techniques and no special processes.  The exhibition featured the finished posters, products of the collaborative efforts of the artists and skilled printing technicians as well as tentative designs from various stages of the production process.

My favourite pieces on show were Uehara’s images made from simplified patterns as shown in the first image above and I really enjoyed seeing all the processes of the designs that were laid out for visitors to touch. I wasn’t allowed to take any photos, but the kind assistant did give me the exhibition’s mini book for free. You can find out more about Graphic Trial 2009 on the Printing Museum’s website here.

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