Shift calendar competition selected 12 works.

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The Shift calendar competition started in 2003 with an aim to discover fresh creators. The number of entries have increased year by year and have received 1793 entries from 45 countries this year. 12 carefully selected works will decorate each month of the Shift calendar, creating the feeling of a little art book.

These selected works will also be exhibited and sold at PRINT’EM for a year with support by PRINT’EM, a graphic print center operated by Mitsubishi Paper MIlls Limited.

There also will be held an exhibition of each works printed on A0 size poster at the gallery cafe SOSO on December 2007.

The 12 works below are the pieces which will be used in the Calendar. Please have a look and enjoy the comments from each creator.

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Minako Mori (Japan)

Born in 1985. Since 2007 Mori has been working on her art projects based in her studio, LIBERATED±, in Sumida Ward, Tokyo. She mainly works on her graphics, but she also creates drawings, collages, photographs and other mediums in order to push her boundaries.

Work description:
I’ve been camping many times since my childhood. Even then I was thinking “I want a colourful tent”. And just now, the dream has come true in my mind.

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Kenji Kitazawa (Japan)

Born in 1971, in Ueda, Nagano, Japan, Kitazawa is an illustrator curretly living in Yokohama. In 1993 He graduated the Scenography and Display Course at the Department of Design, Junior College of Art and Design, Musashino Art University. In 2007, his numerous awards include the HB FILE Competition Takayuki Seoda Prize, the Uniqlo Creative Award 2007 Daido Moriyama Prize, the 28th Graphic Art “Hitotsubo-ten”, the 152th The Choice Prize, the 1st and the 2nd Illustration Competition “Note-Ten”, and the TOKYO Illustration 2007 Prize.

Work description:
“The site of a demolished elephant factory”
A long time ago, there used to be an elephant factory here. An air plane factory stands on here now. A pleasant breeze passes through this place just like it did before.

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Andrei Burdin / kk44 (Russia)

Andrei Burdin was born in Ukraine in 1979. He is a designer, writer, creator and inventor, who currently lives in Moscow, and his special peculiarity include being left-handed. Andrei studied at Airborne Troops Military School. He has changed over 20 differents jobs from shop-assistant to creaive designer in past 7 years. Since 2005 he is the CEO of 01 Company.

Work description:
In this work I tried to express my vision of woman’s conditions: external and internal, obvious and secret, body and soul. I think, I managed to show these conditions’ through blurred shapes and contours.

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Gediminas Siaulys (Lithuania)

Gediminas was born in artists’ family and from the early years had passion to create. Started from countless pencil and marker drawings, he finished with design diploma. After experience in various design studios he studied graphic design and illustration in Denmark. In 2005 together with Andrius Kirvela founded PetPunk studio. Currently lives and works in Vilnius.

Work description:
BALANDIS is a name of “April” in Lithuanian month calendar. Also it translates as “dove”.
This piece was done specially for Shift Calender. Letters mixed with “graphic cream” are loosing their purpose. Illustration don’t reflects the meaning of title, it’s just a decoration for a month.

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Yoh Nagao (Japan)

Based in Aichi Prefecture, Nagao is an artist and graphic designer. Along with his own work, he also designs prints, CI, and clothing. He runs his own original brand, Yorgurt. He is trying to make work with a neutral approach where he can, and not being too tied up to any particular genre or culture. He has won a prize at International Poster Triennale 2006, Toyama, and was selected for the “Top Selections” at the Uniqlo Creative Award 2005.

Work description:
One day, I spent an enjoyable time playing with some children in a park. With the photographs that I took then, I tried to express the atmosphere and the warmth that I felt at the time with the theme of “calendar”.

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Igor Zimmermann (Sweden)

A filmmaker at heart, and a very curios person at large . Igor walks through life collecting ideas in his pockets just like shiny pebbles on the beach.

Work description:
A tribute to Jean Seberg. An adventure in shape and colour.

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Kjell Varvin (Norway)

Sculptures, paintings, drawings, prints, installations.
Studied art in Oslo, Paris, Sevilla, O’Porto, Barcelona.

Work description:
Constructing installations for a short duration and for small spaces is comparable with chamber music: pieces for a string quartet or a jazz group, nothing very spectacular or grandiose. My visions are not for concert halls. The forms, lines and colours may linger in the memory like sounds, rhythms and intervals. I am concerned with ambiance, the space where you can breathe freely and relax. The objects that I present are here for the moment of now, then they are gone. People come together for music, talks and discussions. Individuals reflect each other even if they don’t agree, they respond and there is interaction. The melody is carried by all, there is balance with instants of joy.
Installations are at the service of the explorer who has to orient himself in order to find what he doesn’t know and has never seen. There are combinations, like in chess, that has never been observed nor tried out; like in music, where notes have never been heard together in this particular rhythm or in words, in colours. The physicists and mathematicians have never tried this unknown formula that they long for and that will open their minds to yet other possibilities. In all disciplines there are new directions to discover, new roads to take.

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Chan Yuk Ling (Hong Kong)

Hong Kong born designer, graduated from School of Creative Media in City University of Hong Kong, is passionate about art creations and critiques. Yet, she now deadly frets over global warning.

Work description:
To imitate nature in universe, a poetic image was generated by chance.

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Takanori Kimura (Japan)

Born in Aomori Prefecture, Japan, 1979. Kimura has been working at an advertisement production company since 2003.

Work description:
The circle, as it is, can be seen. I think,
by now, like it is, green
and then, improved the squares.

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Masayuki Shimizu (Japan)

Shimizu is 23 years old, born in 1984, Tokyo. He is currently working on his activities in space design, graphic design, wall painting, and street art. He set up a design unit, Planet Market, in 2007.

Work description:
With the motif of the colours of the heart, I layered the cubes, made the layout intuitively, and expressed with a feeling of transformation and transparency.

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Catherine Denvir (Italy)

Catherine Denvir studied at Chelsea School of Art, London. She now lives and works in a castle near Cortona, Tuscany, Italy. She lives with her husband who is also an artist and her son, who might well become an artist.
Together they run a school teaching 3d animation software (Maya, 3DS Max and Softimage XSI.)

Work description:
This image evolved, part planned (lots of drawing) part experimentation with 3d animation software, model building, fitting with a skeleton then posing and rendering. It is one of a number of images and ideas I have been working on over the last few years. Really should get around to animating them as they are ‘ready to go’ as it were.

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Endoko (Japan)

Born in Shizuoka, 1974. Endoko currently lives in Kanagawa, Japan. The artist set up Endo Design Factory in the area of Tokyo and Shizuoka in 2003. She likes sleeping and eating sweets in her spare time, and she is good at singing children’s songs in Opera style.

Work description:
Memories from childhood, views that seemed fresh, and this moment…
I wanted to simply express this chaotic world and the emotions that can go nowhere, with my honest self.

Release: 10th November, 2007
Spec: All colour / 28p / 210×297 mm
Price: 1,360 yen (tax included)
Produced by Shift Factory
It can be purchased on Shift Factory as well as select shops around the world.

Date: 4th – 27th December, 2007
Place: Soso Cafe
Address: 1F Sansei Bld., South 1 West 13, Chuo-ku, Sapporo
Tel: +81-11-280-2240


Shift 2008 Calendar will be available on the 10th November, 2007 at Shift Factory.

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