Sunday-Vision” is made this month’s cover design. From graphic designs, illustrations, motions, webs to wear designs, the field of “Sunday-Vision” is really wide and his exhibition is now on at gallery cafe “Soso” (produced by Shift). Does the unique colourful world imply his strong energy to design? You might be able to find an answer to this question when you face his big works at the gallery.

Please introduce yourself.

As a graphic designer, I am widely working in graphic designs, illustrations, webs and motions. “Sunday-Vision” used to be a unit when it started but I have been using this as my design name since 2001. “SwitchStance” is an another name when I do apparel wear designs. Using this name, I do projects and collaborate with various companies and brands.

I heard that it was in 1998 you started to work as “Sunday-Vision”. If you look back over the past 5 years, what are your impressions of your activities?

Various friends and superb clients gave me many opportunities that I could bring my ability into full play. I think I have to thank nice staff and designers around me as well. It depends on what kind of a project I am doing at that time but I sometimes have to work with a lot of people. Through these experiences, I realized that the environment is very important again.

What sort of projects do you usually do?

Client works and creating works for my exhibition, which is held once every year, and project exhibitions that invite me. I provide my designs for my friends’ apparel brands or record labels as well. I have been using a skateboard since I was small so that I present some skateboard designs based, too. I have made a watermarked board with some gradation and a lacquer board. This is almost like a life work for me. Apart from Sunday-Vision, I am a member of a unit called “Sekiray” that consists of friends who are sharing a studio with me. In this unit, I am in charge of some directions.

Are there any difference when you design something in wears, papers and screens?

When I am thinking visuals for wears, the process is the same as when I design for papers. However, I have more manual works when I put visuals on wears. Sometimes my image looks different on wears so that I need time to do my composition over again and again. I am now in charge of graphics for a ladies’ brand “Orine.” So, not only prints, but also I am learning some techniques such as how to put a jacquard, how to remove colours and how to make good balance as a thing that covers a body while I am looking at them next to experts. However, I always try to keep what I design all visuals as graphic designs that tell all information and functions in my mind.

You have participated in many exhibitions not only in Japan but in many other countries. They give me the impression that you fly all over the world. Can you see any differences at exhibitions between Japan and overseas? Please tell us a unique episode if you have one.

Unfortunately, I cannot go to see overseas exhibitions everytime it is held, so it’s hard for me to know what people think about my work. I want to go as often as possible, but I can’t leave my client works. Reading reports about exhibitions is the only way to know about the exhibitions for me now. I sometimes receive e-mails from people I don’t know and their opinions are pretty helpful when I think about my future career.

You are holding a traveling exhibition “Sunday-Vision Exhibition 2002” at Sapporo Soso cafe” since the 5th of May. Please tell us about this exhibition.

I had “Sunday-Vision Exhibition 2002” at galleries “sigh” and “Office” in Tokyo last year. In the exhibition at Soso, selected works from these exhibitions will be presented. Some of my works returing to Japan from overseas exhibitions and works that I made after my own exhibition will be introduced as well. Thus it will be a comprehensive exhibition.

You will have a live painting with an illustrator Mr Kobuke at the opening party for this exhibition. Tell us about that live painting as well as Mr Kobuke.

This is the first time to do a live painting for me. However, I am with , who I can respect as a friend and an artist, so I am very excited rather than feeling anxious. I am not sure how the picture will be because I have not talked about this with him yet, but imagining this is good fun for me as well.
Our friend Uemura, who is a buyer at “Bonjour Records” will select tracks for this event. I made an amenity set for a hotel through a “Bonjour Deluxe” job, so he helps me both in my public and my private life. Kobuke is a great artist and he recently had an exhibition at Saint Peres Gallery in Paris. He released a portfolio from Little more Co., Ltd. as well as having a collaboration work with “Come des Garcons Manpink”.

Please tell us your cover design. What did you envision when you were making this?

From my image to the word “Shift”, I was thinking of making an interface that people can change a screen by pressing bottoms. I used snow crystals so that the design matches the current season but it’s easy to grow my images about autumn and winter for me. This design is an abstract one and it would be nice if each person gets a different impression from it. (Special Thanks: Shoojee Kikuchi/Sekiray)

Please tell us your future plan.

Basically, I want to work as a graphic designer as I have been. Mainly I enjoy work but sometimes I have to be strict to be myself. I will participate in an exhibition in Milan in June (but it’s not been confirmed yet). Also, I am going to take part in a project exhibition “Jungle LP Show” held at Rocket in Aoyama, Tokyo in July. My own exhibition will be held from September to October.

Please leave a message to Shift readers.

Thank you for reading my interview.

Sunday-Vision EXHIBITION 2002 FINAL
Date: (Mon.) 5 – (Fri.) 30 May 2003
Place: Soso Cafe
1F Sansei Bld. S1 W13, Sapporo, Japan
Tel: +81-11-280-2240
Open: 11:00 – 21:00
Admission Free
Supported by: Canon Inc.

Opening Event
DOT SOSO #15 Featuring Sunday-Vision
Date: (Sat.) 3 May 2003
Start: 20:00 Close: 2:00
Tickets: Advanced 1,500 yen (with 1 drink) Day 2,000 yen (with 1 drink)
Live Drawing: Sunday-Vision + Kobuke.

DJs: Takahashi (Stilly Delta Tokyo), Nordform Crew
Guest DJ: Uemura (Bonjour Records)
Supported by: Canon Inc.Smirnoff
Place: Soso Cafe
1F Sansei Bld. S1 W13 Sapporo, Japan
Tickets Info: Soso Cafe +81-11-280-2240, Cafe +81-11-221-1116


Text: Sachiko Kurashina

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