A'Design Award & Competition - Iron Award Winner - Award status - Masaki Hirokawa / 廣川政樹
A'Design Award & Competition
Graphics, Illustration and Visual Communication Design Category, 2021 - 2022
Iron Award Winner
A'Design Award & Competition - Iron Award Winner - Yearbook - Masaki Hirokawa / 廣川政樹
My artwork titled Archetypus won the Iron Award in the Graphics Design Category at A'Design Award & Competition, the international art competition. I would like to express my heartfelt gratitude for this very honorable opportunity.

国際アートコンペティション A'Design Award & Competitionの Graphics Design Categoryにて、作品「Archetypus / 元型」が Iron Awardを受賞いたしました。とても光栄な機会をいただき、心より感謝いたします。
A'Design Award & Competition - Archetypus / 元型 - Masaki Hirokawa / 廣川政樹

The theme of this work is "A Return to Archetypes and Repetition." The work manifests the fundamental desires of humanity. Repeating history, sentiments, countries, and families. These are all integrated and expressed in this work.


Research Abstract

The research focuses on visual expression; its aim is to enrich the mind. Enrichment here does not only refer to wealth, but also includes factors such as peace of mind. The work focuses more on visual impact and providing a psychological impression than on making the viewer feel calm. Unlike other works, 90% of this is done through inspiration, and this makes it extremely difficult to put into words. (This inspiration is the type brought about by the external environment. In psychology, the source of this inspiration is the superego, and in the realm of spirituality, the source is spirits.) Data was collected using psychology dictionaries and other resources, with most of the data pertaining to psychology. Expressing this data in the work resulted in it impacting the viewers by moving them emotionally. The work comprehensively expresses the core systems through which human existence thrives, including business, society, sentiments, and culture. It was one of the works that drew the strongest reactions from the viewers. The reasons for this are not entirely clear, but it most likely has something to do with how the work affects the subconscious mind.


The Creative / Research Challenge

To confer a painterly finish, the work was touched up using brushes to such an extent that its original form no longer remains. In particular, each mask was retouched individually to ensure that they did not end up as mere reproductions. Beyond the boundary between what is beautiful and what is ugly is a manifestation of a spirit that transcends aesthetics.


Operation / Flow / Interaction

In this work, the masks were replicated using logical calculations, with the final adjustments done using intuition. The work is designed to simultaneously appear both symmetrical and asymmetrical. The work is supposed to make the viewer feel like they are peering into opposing mirrors on either side of the soul.


Unique Properties / Project Description

A collage composed of repeated reproductions of images of the same person. Each mask was damaged and repaired in a unique way to appear distinct from the others.


Production Realization Technology (and Materials): 

The materials were first edited in Adobe Lightroom, then made into a collage using Adobe Photoshop. Next, a glow was added and corrections were made before the photos were composed into a single image. This image was retouched again from scratch using Adobe Photoshop. Although the size of the image was only slightly greater than an A0 piece of paper, the use of over 200 layers resulted in a file size of 20 GB. Most of the work was done using brushes, and all the corrections were done with extreme precision. The masks in the work were damaged and repaired to evoke and emphasize a nostalgic atmosphere.

まずAdobe Lightroomで素材を加工し、Adobe Photoshopでコラージュを行った。次に光彩表現の付与と補正を行い、写真を完成させる。その後、それを一枚の画像に統合し、再び Adobe Photoshopで最初からレタッチしている。寸法は A0より少し大きい程度だが、200枚以上のレイヤーを重ねているため、総ファイルサイズは 20GBに及んだ。殆どの作業はブラシで行われており、補正に関しては非常に繊細に行われている。今回の作品では、ノスタルジックな雰囲気を醸し出すためにマスクを破損・修復し、雰囲気を強調している。
A'Design Award & Competition - Iron Award Winner - Certificate - Masaki Hirokawa / 廣川政樹

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