Kouten

(Te Auaha Gallery, 65 Dixon Street, Wellington)

Kumi Matsumoto is a Japanese Graphic Designer with a passion for visual communication who has been living in New Zealand for 8 years. During this time Kumi studied digital media design at WelTec, graduating in 2014 and winning two top student awards. 

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After graduation, she worked as an in-house graphic designer for New Zealand company phil&teds, while also undertaking freelance design work for wine label Alpine Wine Co., the Garage Project, and the Japanese embassy. International work has included creating branding for a Sushi restaurant in Los Angeles, and packaging design for a bakery in Taiwan. Kumi also worked in the film industry for Stone Street Studios on the movie Ghost in the Shell. 

Kumi has participated in four group exhibitions, and kouten is her first solo show. 

kouten is a Japanese word, referring to an intersection where different elements are combined. All works in this exhibition have an element of kouten. Kumi’s Japanese identity and cultural background intersect with the influence of New Zealand culture; the borders of graphic design fuse with art practice; 2D graphic design meets 3D product design.

The communicative power of graphic design adapts itself to each situation. Kumi believes that as a visual language, graphic design is not only for commercial use, but is a powerful tool for both narrative and personal expression.

Dates: 8th February – 7th March 2019

Time: Monday – Friday 10am – 6pm

Location: Te Auaha Gallery, 65 Dixon Street, Wellington