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THINGSText: Akira Natsume

What I’m now interested in is free paintings and illustrations such as ‘Scrawl: Dirty Graphics & Strange Characters‘ published by Booth-Clibborn Editions, and silent visual expressions featured in the IDEA magazine (No. 276). They all are exactly represented in visuals in some way, but at the same time they’re not so much represented. But I cannot stop my interest in such visual expressions.

When I think of what interests me about them, I realize that it’s a viewpoint of designers. Those paintings and illustrations directly visualize each artist’s life, style and viewpoint. In those silent visual expressions, an interesting viewpoint unique to each artist is well designed. Graphic design should basically exist to give shape to the images for advertisement and music, but I think they must have inspired music and stories in some way.

Their viewpoint itself is interesting and their works and I appreciate it. I now feel that a new visual communication has begun. The outlook of people who create innovative visuals must be towards the future. I communicate with their viewpoints (future) through their works.

This Gasbook 8 alternative titled Futurevision collected animation, CG, and graphical works of artists who have strong viewpoints. Though none the works were produced according to the same theme, they all are the works of artists who have inspired me. I hope people who touch their works get some inspirations from them and have a new vision of their own.

Artists: SHYNOLA, H5, Syd Garon/Eric Henry, RUNWRAKE, Katsuki Tanaka, The Designers Republic, ACNE International, Geoff McFetridge, C404, Intro, sountain & MONO*crafts, Yutanpo Shirane, Tomato, Nendo Graphic

Gasbook 8: Futurevision
Description: DVD, CD-ROM, T-Shirt, Poster, Booklet (English/Japanese)
Released date: July 7th, 2000
Publisher: Designexchange Co.
Price: 5,800 yen (+ Tax)

Text: Akira Natsume
Translation: Mayumi Kaneko

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