It could be the thing that you just pass on the street. It could also be the thing you just saw on TV for a moment. Despite only catching a glimpse of it, the thing remains in your mind. We might have no idea how it comes out and its contents. Those feelings could relate to the “falling in love at first sight”. Wabisabi whose graphic theme for this time is “FLESH AND BLOOD” gives me a feeling of falling in love at first sight.

Wabisabi based in Sapporo has held an exhibition of original type face ‘Hormone’ at SOSO, “FLESH AND BLOOD” is the theme. It is the second time for the group to hold an exhibition following ‘Karibonsai’ in 2005.

After the first exhibition at “DOTMOV 2005″, Hormone” had also been shown at “TREE OF LIFE” and commercial work, and the poster of “FLESH AND BLOOD” received the second place prize in the graphic category of “NYADC” in 2006.

For this exhibition they presented their new graphic works and also original T-shirts through a collaboration with BEAMS-T, the poster by “PPRINT’EM“, 300 limited type face sheets with serial numbers, original wall paper, and “Sapporo ADC monthly”. At the opening party we were served with ‘hormone’ cooking and distributed the unpublished hormone paper in Japan for free.

Normally the theme of “FLESH AND BLOOD” might not be a thing we feel comfortable with. The crooked lines remind us of internal organs. Internal organs? How come we think they are weird and creepy things? They are the closet things to us even inside of us. For this time their “FLESH AND BLOOD” dissolved our stereotype and make us feel close to them through their unique and crooked lines. I also felt that the monochromatic color scheme makes their curved lines impressive and exaggerated.

Mr. Sabi said “I had been working on graphics with straight and sharp lines before but I decided to show my deep mind and favorite things with curved lines”. At first he debated with himself, if those things would be accepted or not. He seems to come up with a lot of new ideas to be in a world where no one wanted to be. He told me that he has been thinking to make the “FLESH AND BLOOD” graphics into 3D which might help us enjoy it more and more.

Have you noticed that each of the graphic works has words such as “heart” “syndrome” “kiss” “skin”. All of them are related to the human body.

All of the alphabets are made as fonts and graphics, and are composed with mixing them. Sabi said “somehow all of them can be matched.” As he said every word is matched nicely and make a comfortable composition of graphics. It might be because they are made with crooked lines such as our flexible internal organs.

How do you feel with their “FLESH ANDBLOOD”? Debate deeply? Or simply attracted?

They want us to feel simply cool! Nice! Graphics might be the thing that have the potential to make us fall in love at the first sight. I might be the one person who is falling in love with their works, will continuously look for their ideas and their original world-view with marvelous elements.

Date : 29th July – 11th August, 2006
Place : Soso Cafe
Address : 1F Sansei Bld. S1 W13 Chuoku, Sapporo, Japan 11:00 – 21:00
Tel: +81-11-280-2240
Supported by BEAMS TPRINT’EM

Text and photos: Yukino Kotake

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