Colin Wiggins ( National Gallery London : Head of UJADF Award 2010 judges)
Welcome to UK-Japan ADF Award 2010.
After celebrating 150 years of diplomatic relations between Britain and Japan, and the original signing of the Anglo-Japanese Treaty of Amity and Commerce, 2010 saw the launch of the new UK-Japan ADF Award with the efforts of EWACC. This award aims to promote continued UK-Japan relations, as well as uncover new artistic talents and great works of art from the two nations.
I am honoured to be asked to contribute as one of the judges of this award, and sincerely hope that this regular event will be the gateway to success for many young, talented artists, and inspire them to make their mark on the art world.
Colin Wiggins is both art historian and artist. He works as Head of Education at the National Gallery, London where he has played a key role in the involvement of living artists in the life of the Gallery and has curated exhibitions of artists such as Frank Auerbach, Peter Blake, Paula Rego, Anthony Caro and, most recently, Ed and Nancy Kienholz. Before that he worked as a Research Assistant in the Department of Prints and Drawings at the British Museum. A practising printmaker, his work bridges the gap between the artistic traditions of Europe and Japan.
Dan Fern (Royal College of Art: Head of Communication Art & Design)
Dan Fern is an award-winning graphic artist as well as being an influential teacher. Trained at Manchester College of Art and the RCA, Fern has worked extensively across all areas of visual communication, including a set of postage stamps for the Royal Mail, posters for the London Underground, book-jackets, magazine covers, record sleeves etc; his graphic work has been exhibited at the Museum of Modern Art in Kyoto, the Joan Miró Foundation in Barcelona, the Centre Pompidou in Paris and the Smithsonian Institute in New York, as well as being in the permanent collection of the Victoria and Albert Museum in London.
A long-term advocate of an interdisciplinary approach to creativity, Fern has also regularly exhibited non-commissioned work in galleries in London and overseas, most recently in a highly successful solo show at England and Co. Gallery in London.
Dan Fern’s interest in the relationship between the visual and the performing arts led to the foundation in the late 1990’s of close links between the RCA and the Guildhall School of Music, and has involved other top music and dance institutes including the Royal Academy of Music and the London School of Contemporary Dance. ‘Music is the real Internet’ Fern said in a lecture in 1996, ‘and always has been’.
Currently Head of the School of Communications at the RCA, Fern is also Chair of the RCA’s International Development Group, and believes strongly in the educational value of international relationships. He has a particular interest in the art, design and architecture of Japan, a country he has visited often.
Michael Freeman (Professional Photographer, UK)
Michael Freeman is an internationally renowned photographer and author, who has produced more than 100 books, including a number of well-respected volumes on the practice of photography. Following an M.A. in Geography from Oxford, and several years in advertising, he began his photographic career in London with the the encouragement of Time-Life, his first client.
Principal photographer for the Smithsonian Magazine for many years, Freeman’s work has been widely published internationally in all major magazines, as well as a large number of illustrated photographic books that include Shaker (Stewart Tabori & Chang), Angkor:The Hidden Glories (Houghton Mifflin), China Contemporary (Thames & Hudson and Rizzoli), and Sudan: Land and People (Thames & Hudson, reviewed by Paul Theroux: “This magnificent book .... gives the country a face - irresistible, photogenic, bewitching and profoundly human.”
For his photographic writing, with a million and a half books sold in many languages, he was awarded the Prix Louis Philippe Clerc fromn the Musée Française de la Photographie in Bièvres, France. He was consultant for, and appeared in, a BBC Television photography series. He has also judged the Nikon Press Awards and has designed, written and continues to supervise all of the British Open College of the Arts photography courses (which now accumulate to a BA Honours degree, the first photography degree available through distance learning in the UK).
Mark Hampson (Artist, Senior Tutor, Royal College of Art, Fine Art, Printmaking and Curator)
Mark Hampson is a UK based Painter, Printmaker and Educator living in London. He is currently working both as an Artist in Residence with the Royal Academy of Arts specialist Library and Archives and as Senior Tutor in Printmaking at The Royal College of Art where he has worked since 1997.
Since his first solo show at the Beaux Arts in London 1994 he has presented over 25 solo exhibitions including “We notable Calgarians” at The Deans Gallery, Calgary, “Making ‘Nowhere’ ‘Somewhere’” at the William Morris Gallery, London and “We pay cash for Dead Artists” at The Foyer Gallery, Aberdeen, all in 2008. His international solo shows include “England Away!” at the Aoyama Gallery in Tokyo, (2002), “Goodge Street Portraits- morning, noon and night”, Henry Peacock Gallery (1999), “ The Blattoids”, Lawrence Graham Gallery, London (2005), Galleri “M”, Stockholm (1997,1995,1992), and “Line Art”, Ghent (1996). In addition he has contributed to numerous international group exhibitions and art surveys, throughout Europe, the USA, Japan and Korea. Recent shows include “Print without Borders”- Horst Jansen Museum, “International Print Triennale”- Krakow and shows at the Arthavs Museum, Vienna all in 2010.
He has been awarded several international prizes including The Bronze medal at The Osaka Triennale for Arts in 1997, the special prize of the Maloposhie Volvodeship at The Krakow International Print Triennale in 2005 and the first ever Susan Kaser Summer Award in 1992.
His work is represented in many private and public collections including The Victoria and Albert Museum, The Arts Council of Great Britain, Krakow City Museum, The Nickles Museum, Hyundai Arts Collection, The Metropolitan Museum of Arts, Osaka Prefectural Government, Gyor City Arts Museum, Sony and Tama Arts University Collection. He has curated many group exhibitions including the trilogy of shows “The Sedulous Ape” from 2000-2003 at The Strawberry Ridge Gallery, USA for Hartford Art School, “Sense and Form” with Renata Nurnberger for ConsumenArt at Mezzentun, Nuremberg, and “Pick ‘n’ Mix” for Leytonstone Arts Trail.
Louise Hayward (Associate Director , Lisson Gallery London)
Louise Hayward is an associate director of the Lisson Gallery which has a great reputation for showcasing various contemporary art exhibitions and representing a list of talented contemporary artists: some of which have received the prestigious contemporary art award, The Turner Prize.
Having run her own gallery, STORE, for emerging artists for 7 years, Louise has been moving forward with great ambitions. She was a curator at Tate Britain as well as the National Maritime Museum in Greenwich. She has also curated the Citibank Photography Prize at the Photographers’ Gallery in London and the FutureMap Prize at the University of the Arts, London. She has published numerous essays and articles including "Ceal Floyer, Days Like These, Tate Triennial" (Tate Britain) and "It's like the spoilt brat of the dictionary" (STORE Publications).
Mami Kataoka (Chief curator, Mori Art Museum, Tokyo and International Associate Curator, Hayward Gallery, London)
She had been curating numbers of contemporary art exhibitions at the Mori Art Museum in Tokyo since 2003, while she joined curatorial team at the Hayward Gallery in London under their new director Ralph Rugoff since summer 2007 as Hayward’s first international curator (currently acting as International Associate Curator).
The exhibitions she curated at the Mori Art Museum include “Roppongi Crossing: New Visions in Contemporary Japanese Art 2004” (2004), “Ozawa Tsuyoshi: Answer with Yes and No!” (2004), “All about Laughter: Humor in Contemporary Art” (2006), “Art Is For The Spirit: Works from The UBS Art Collection” (2008) and most recently “Ai Weiwei: According to What?”. At the Hayward, she curated “Laughing in a Foreign Language” (2008), “Ujino and the Rotators” (2009) and co-curated “Walking in My Mind” (2009) including 10 installation by internationally renowned artists.
Previously she was a chief curator at the Tokyo Opera City Art Gallery from 1998 to 2002 where she curated “Releasing Senses” (inaugural exhibition in 1999), “Tatsuo Miyajima” (2000), “Encounter”(2001), “Rirkrit Tiravanija” (2002) and collaborated on projects including “Territory: contemporary art from the Netherlands” (2000), “My home is yours, your home is mine” (2001), “JAM: Tokyo-London” (2001) among others. In 2009, she was a co-curator for “Beautiful New World: Contemporary Visual Culture from Japan” (2007) in Beijing and Guangdong, “Platform 2009” (P1) in Seoul (2009) as well as “Discovery: discovering contemporary” at ShContemporary (2009) in Shanghai.
Mika Ninagawa (Photographer / Film producer)
Mika Ninagawa’s photography epitomizes the recent art landscapes in Japan. Over the last decade, Mika has developed her own unique photography style which is so instantly recognizable laden with strong aesthetics. She has accredited with most of major photography awards and published over 40 photography books accompanied with 40-odds exhibitions. She values direct hands-on approach greatly not only in art directing her shoots, but also getting involved in exhibition installation and editing her photography book, in order to interpret her entire vision and concept into her work. Her vitality and passion stem from her own experiences surviving in Tokyo where it is exclusive to some extent but swallows and natures diverse cultures creating its distinctive chaos. This is the city that resonates with her being. Now, she is regarded as one of the best photographers to be able to depict today’s Tokyo in reality through her lens.
Some may think Mika’s “pop-and-sweet wonderland” outlook on the world possess a sense of KAWAII. The Japanese term “KAWAII” means just superficial prettiness, however in her opinion, it has more implications than what the term means. Mika’s intake on KAWAII has also a poisonous element deriving from instinctive eroticism, sorrow of fragile beauty or envy for the death, which surrounds us all on the day-to-day life. The today’s feminine complexity is often described in a single word “KAWAII”, however Mika draws allure and provocative aesthetics that women hold internally, She processes all the elements through her unparalleled color and composition into photography.
She is always a great admirer of fashion. Her lifestyle and fashion is voted as the most admired among the public according to the WWD Survey. Mika’s popularity in fashion industry was cemented when Colette Paris put up her exhibition. Certainly it didn’t take much time that Ivana Omazic, the creative director of Celine offered Mika a collaboration work for their A/W 2007-08 and that was followed by another collaborative work with Lucien Pellat-Finet for their 2008-09 A/W. Her popularity has gone over the border across a variety of generations and nationalities.Her works now can be seen nationwide in various forms of media such as billboards, magazines, and in 2007, her directorial film debut ‘SAKURAN’ was released and entered into 57th Berlinare International Film Festival. She is the first photographer who became represented by a groundbreaking gallery pioneer, Koyama Tomio Gallery, who also introduced both Takashi Murakami and Yoshitomo Nara to the world.
Mika’s work are alike a kaleidoscope which reflects lights to all directions but also alike a mirror at which you see your subconscious mind, never losing its charms. She is the one to be watched out for; certainly there are more exciting projects to come from her.
Her solo exhibition "Ninagawa Mika: Chijo no Hana, Tenjo no Iro" opened at Tokyo Opera City Art Gallery in November 2008. It subsequently traveled to Iwate Museum, Kagoshima Kirishima Art Forest, Nishimiya City Otani Memorial Museum and Kochi Museum in 2009. The exhibition surpassed all expectations, achieving highest ever number of visitors at both Tokyo Opera City Art Gallery and Kirishima Art Forest. The total visitors exceeds 160,000.
Grand Prize at “7th Shashin hitotsubo ten (3.3m2 photography)” (1996)
Superior Prize at “13th New Cosmos of Photography” by Canon (1996)
Encouragement Award at “9th Konica Award” (1998)
“26th Kimura Ihei Photography Award” (2001)
“Ohara Museum of Art Prize” (2006)
Official web site : http://ninamika.com
For purchasing works; Tomio Koyama Gallery : http://www.tomiokoyamagallery.com
Moriharu Shizume (Painter based in USA and Paris)
Moriharu Shizume, in 1952, was the first Japanese to cross the Pacific Ocean from Yokohama to San Francisco in a small yacht (the four other crew members were American). Then he decided to stay in USA and studied painting. Later his experience in France, Italy and Great Britain drew him nearer to his Japanese roots and helped him develop a distinct style of his own. He held exhibitions all over the world including The Washington National Architectural Museum in Washington DC. (he is the first non-American artist to exhibit work there). In 1997, he held the special exhibition, “Paris, New York to Kyoto” in Japan to commemorate his 40 year career as a painter. He currently lives and works in Paris.
Marty St.James ( video/digital art specialist and a tutor of art college )
Forty of his video pieces have been archived by the British Film Institute in the UK including Mr and Mrs (1976) his first video work based on a television game show appearance and Metamorphosis (Headcake 1998). During the 1980’s a number of his video works were broadcast on national television including Timecode (Heartbeat 1988) shown in a number of countries worldwide.
The Video Portraits of the 1990’s are some of his best known works including The Swimmer an 11 monitor installation work in the collection of the National Portrait Gallery, London. These works ranged from miniature single monitor video objects to large multi-monitor installations.
He has represented Britain abroad in a number of exhibitions, performance art events, video screenings and festivals via the British Council and Arts Council, including, Electronically Yours at the Metropolitan Museum of Photography in Tokyo (1998) and Artec Nagoya, Japan (1995). During 2000 his year- long inter-active digital work Picture Yourself showed at the Scottish National Galleries celebrating the millennium with the public able to see themselves projected on the museum walls. In 2000 his Boy / Girl video diptych showed at the National Portrait Gallery in London, Painting the Century, 101 Portrait Masterpieces from the 20th century including Picasso, Freud, Bacon, Warhol, Munch etc… Running through St.James’ works there has been a sense of self-portraiture or the portraiture of others. In his recent shows in Moscow, The Journey of St Maurin (2002) and New York Somewhere or Between (2005) there has been a sense of the artist involved in a struggle to locate an inner sense of self and being. And a serious attempt to try and convey this to audience rather than ignore their presence or pander to our obvious emotions. Too much video art has tended to rely on the obvious, cheap tricks and gimmicks; St James has begun a process of real engagement between self, medium and viewer.
On the subject of his drawings St.James describes his paper works as ‘thinking actions’, things that land and are fought onto the paper via thinking.
"Marty St.James believes that art only matters if the artist has something important to say, that his or her work is not simply an item of commercial transaction. His is an Apollonian discourse rather than a Dionysian one. For him art is a way of thinking in the visual rather than the making of a heroic statement or precious object. He is in tune with Bachelard’s notion that the embodiment of knowledge exists in the action of making, rather than in the object of the finished piece. His intention is to investigate “the stringing together of moments in frame type form to explore surface and time.”-by Sue Hubbard Arts Editor The Independent Newspaper, London
For Design Category (Alphaberical order)
Christoph Behling (Design & SolarLab. Tutor: Design Products at the Royal College of Art)
Behling completed a diploma in Industrial Design in 1995 at the Art Academy in Stuttgart before working as a designer in leading design practices in both Tokyo and London. In 2004 he established his own studio, Christoph Behling Design Ltd and has worked across a variety of industries and categories, including communication technology, fashion, luxury goods, watchmaking, water sanitation and transport.
He has worked with international clients including TAG Heuer, Nokia, Dior, Versace, Fred, Lacoste, amongst others. Behling’s studio is the lead designer for TAG Heuer, a collaboration which has become one of the most awarded in this industry, winning the prestigious Grand Prix d'Horlogerie de Geneve three times, as well as winning the iF Design and Red Dot awards three times.
In parallel, Behling formalized his passion for sustainable design by starting SolarLab Research & Design Ltd in 2005. SolarLab has created and developed a range of solar-powered transport and architectural designs and is responsible for the world’s biggest solar boat, the Hamburg SolarShuttle, as well the Serpentine SolarShuttle in London. The SolarShuttle has become an international icon of sustainable design, winning awards from CondeNast Design & Innovation and Travel & Leisure best transport design amongst others.
Behling is a Masters-level teacher at the Royal College of Art in London, where he has taught the course for Design Products since 2004 and he has been on the judging panels of design and sustainability competitions across Europe.
Mark Dytham, M.B.E. (Klein Dytham architecture, Tokyo)
Mark Dytham is a director of Klein Dytham architecture (KDa), one of Japan’s most exciting design firms. Born in Britain, Mark studied architecture at the Royal College of Art in London. In 1989 he traveled to with Astrid Klein to Tokyo, where they found work with Toyo Ito. Staying on in Japan, the pair established KDa and quickly gained recognition with a series of audacious and award-winning projects. Working freely across design disciplines including architecture, interiors, temporary constructions, furniture, installations and events, KDa’s output reflects the energy and freshness that Mark and Astrid find in Tokyo.
Mark is a frequent guest at international design events, has taught at universities both within and beyond Japan, and in 2000 was awarded an MBE (Member of the British Empire) for services to British design in Japan. In 2003 Dytham and Klein put together the first Pecha Kucha Night as a one-off event at their bar/gallery/event space, SuperDeluxe in Tokyo. A series of entertaining rapid-fire presentations in which each presenter shows 20 images up each for just 20 seconds, the Pecha Kucha format is now running in over 280 cities globally - and with over 60 events a month there is now are literally several PechaKucha Nights happening somewhere in the world everyday.
Gitta Gschwendtner (Interior / Furniture Designer, UK)
Born in Germany in 1972, Gitta Gschwendtner moved to London in the early nineties to study design at Central Saint Martins, Kingston University and the Royal College of Art.
Following graduation from the RCA furniture MA in 1998 she set up her independent design studio for furniture, interior design, exhibition design and public art projects for cultural, arts and corporate clients. Gitta Gschwendtner’s studio focuses on conceptually rigorous, visually intriguing, functional designs across several disciplines. The company specializes in a ‘tailor made’ approach to design. Each project is researched carefully and every solution is a very individual response to the clients’ particular needs. The resulting designs have a narrative at their heart; the actual design outcome derived from careful problem solving rather than styling.
Recent projects include:
Design and installation of a large scale permanent public art work for ‘Century Wharf’ in Cardiff Bay; permanent exhibition design for ‘Medicine Man’ and ‘Medicine Now’ for Wellcome Collection, a new public science and art venue in London; semi-permanent exhibition design for ‘Plasticity’ at the Science Museum in London; interior design for the ‘West London Academy’, a new school designed by Foster + Partners.
Other clients include:
British Council, Crafts Council, De La Warr Pavillion, DuPont Corian, Geffrye Museum, Habitat, Innermost, Mathmos, OXO Tower, Peugeot, Purves & Purves, Royal College of Art, Sony, Thorsten van Elten, Twentytwentyone, Victoria and Albert Museum and Wieden+Kennedy
Sam Hecht (Industrial Facility, UK)
Sam Hecht is co-founder of the design office Industrial Facility, alongside his partner Kim Colin. They have developed production projects for companies ranging from Epson Japan, Issey Miyake, Yamaha and Established & Sons.
Hecht is probably best known for his work with Muji, in the role of Creative Advsior, having produced over 100 projects since 2002. Hecht also now plays the same role of Creative advisor with the Herman Miller Co. of America. Hecht's belief is in the importance of design as a means of simplifying our lives in an inspirational way. The studio acheives this by following a rigorous path of investigation and analysis, and has been well documented, with over 40 international awards. His work forms part of the permanent collections of the MoMA, New York and Centre Pompidou, Paris amongst others, and was the subject of the exhibition ‘Industrial Facility: Some Recent Projects’, held at the Design Museum in 2008.
Amongst his teaching activities, he runs a platform at the Royal College of Art, examining forgotten objects. Hecht was appointed ‘Royal Designer for Industry’ in 2008, as well as being nominated for the Prince Phillip design prize. His studio was recently named one of the ten most progressive industrial designer offices in the world by Forbes magazine. In 2009 both Hecht and Colin were awarded Best Britsh Designer.
Katsutoshi Ishibashi (Editor in Chief, AXIS Design Magazine, Japan)
Katsutoshi Ishibashi was born in Osaka in 1965 and graduated from the Department of Arabic language, Osaka University of Foreign Studies. He has been editor-in-chief of the AXIS since 1998. AXIS is a bilingual design magazine launched in 1981 that provides information about various phenomena and objects discovered throughout the world, with a particular focus on design. The magazine covers subjects such as products, architecture, cities, interiors, graphics, fashion, and multimedia, as well as cutting-edge science, engineering, and medicine.
Benjamin Kempton (Interiors Editor, Wallpaper magazine)
Benjamin Kempton is the Interiors Editor at Wallpaper* magazine, a leading international design title celebrating exciting developments in the world’s of interiors, design, architecture, fashion and travel.
Following a degree in set design at Wimbledon School of Art, he spent 6 years at the World of Interiors as editorial stylist. His role at Wallpaper* involves the research and production of large-scale shoots and events as well as commissioning freelance stylists to work on interior projects for each issue.
Last year took him to Shanghai and Beijing, where he designed and realised the construction and set-up of the two Wallpaper* offices in which the team produced its very special and exciting ‘Made in China’ issue.
He has enjoyed discovering and showcasing emerging talent, introducing exciting new stylists to the pages of Wallpaper* from France, The United States and New Zealand.
Meirion Pritchard (Art Director, Wallpaper magazine)
Following a BA in Graphic Design at Kingston University in 2001, Meirion veered into magazines and worked at Redwood publishing and on Harvey Nichols magazine. Sporadic stints followed on Richardson magazine in New York where he became the European Editor.
In 2003, having improved his design and partying skills, Meirion joined Wallpaper* and Tony Chambers’ team who were tasked with the magazine’s re-design.
In 2007 Meirion became Art Director of Wallpaper*