Photo: Jingu Ooki
Established in Tokyo in 2004.
SPREAD is a creative unit by Hirokazu Kobayashi and Haruna Yamada. Kobayashi is from Niigata Prefecture, and Yamada is from Tokyo. Both were born in 1976, and the two met at the inaugural class of the Nagaoka Institute of Design. After graduation, Yamada and Kobayashi worked at a landscape design studio and an advertisement agency respectively, and founded SPREAD in Tokyo in 2004. Extending across borders, their creative designs are distinct in their use of color and their concept, and are based on memory of all kinds, such as the environment, living things, objects, time, history, color, and written text. Through their work, the group has strived to consistently propose new solutions for society. Since 2004, SPREAD has been presenting the “Life Stripe series”, a documentation of the everyday lives of individuals rendered in stripes. At KENPOKU ART 2016, they will show “Life Stripe” of KENPOKU area.