Announcing Shuwen Xu’s Exhibition “CONTAINER”

We are pleased to announce an exhibition CONTAINER by Shuwen Xu on June 24 (Sat) and 25 (Sun), as a result of her activity during her stay at Studio Kura.

Shuwen Xu is a visual artist and spatial designer based in China and USA. She grew in Wuhan, China and got the Bachelor Degree of Architecture at Southeast University in Nanjing, China.
Currently she is earning her Master Degree of Landscape Architecture and Art History in Rhode Island School of Design in Providence, USA.
Besides her educational background of spatial design, she kept exploring diverse art fields and media like drawing, painting, printmaking, photography, installation, film, traditional calligraphy, etc. Meanwhile, art theoretical study and art practice always helps mutually.
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Announcing Hugh Davies ‘s Exhibition “Fanology”

We are pleased to announce an exhibition Fanology by Hugh Davies on June 24 (Sat) and 25 (Sun), as a result of his activity during his stay at Studio Kura.

Hugh Davies is interdisciplinary artist based in Melbourne, Australia.
With a BFA in Sculpture from Melbourne’s Victorian College of the Arts and an Advanced Diploma in Multimedia Design from Copenhagen Technical Academy, Hugh completed his PhD investigating Internet architecture and Transmedia games at Monash University in 2014.
He is interested in histories of technologies and those who adapt and subvert them.
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Announcing Xuewei Loy’s Exhibition ” I could be anywhere”

We are pleased to announce an exhibition I could be anywhere by Xuewei Loy on June 24 (Sat) and 25 (Sun), as a result of her activity during her stay at Studio Kura.

Xuewei Loy is from Singapore and is currently based in London where she works as a lawyer. She read law at Oxford University (St Anne’s College, 2009-2013), and is admitted to the Roll of Solicitors of England and Wales.
She is a self-taught painter and photographer.
Her painting 万丈高楼平地起 was shortlisted for the Summer Exhibition at the Royal Academy of London.
Xuewei grew up in Singapore. Since leaving her home country 8 years ago she has lived and worked in the United Kingdom, France, China and Germany. Continue reading

Announcing Elvira Lantenhammer’s Exhibition “Japanese Siteplans”

We are pleased to announce an exhibition Japanese Siteplans by Elvira Lantenhammer on June 24 (Sat) and 25 (Sun), as a result of her activity during her stay at Studio Kura.

Elvira Lantenhammer is a German painter and artist based in Homburg am Main, inter-city Würzburg and Frankfurt in Bavaria.
Her deep love of Japanese culture and philosophy started during her studies at the Academy For Fine Arts in Munic. She got the black belt in Karate-Do-Doshinkan from Japanese master Hanshi Isao Ichikakawa.
Tension and relaxation, the essence of Karate, but also the practice of ZEN meditation and Tai chi influenced her painting.
She found to the reduction to the essence, the clearness of the form. And first of all comes the colour. It describes to her definitely and very fast the atmosphere of a place, without any words. Continue reading

Announcing Hannie van den Bergh + Jan van den Berg’s performance “Watching and being watched”

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We are pleased to announce a performance Watching and being watched by Hannie van den Bergh + Jan van den Berg on June 24 (Sat) and 25 (Sun), as a result of their activity during their stay at Studio Kura.

Here are some words from the artist themselves.

Hannie van den Bergh and Jan van den Berg are artists from Amsterdam, the Netherlands. They combine their qualities as visual artist/designer and storyteller/film director to work on performances in the Netherlands and abroad. During the last 15 years, they are researching the long-lasting Japanese – Dutch relationship, and the mutual exchange of goods, science and culture. In this performance they will present their experiences from visits and meetings in Kyushu: Nagasaki (Deshima), Hirado, Kumamoto and Fukuoka area. The performance will deal with notions such as ‘watching and being watched’.

For this special occasion the noh performer Toshikazu Marumachi (from Hiroshima) will perform with them.
Toshikazu Marumachi is a Noh theatre performer from Hiroshima, with a background in traditional Noh-theatre and experiences in contemporary performing arts. In April 2017 he was participant in Deshima AIR (artist in residency) in the Netherlands.

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Announcing Samina Islam’s Exhibition “Visual Mapping”

We are pleased to announce an exhibition Visual Mapping by Samina Islam on June 24 (Sat) and 25 (Sun), as a result of her activity during her stay at Studio Kura.

Samina Islam is a Pakistani-Dutch interdisciplinary artist raised in the Netherlands and now based in Karachi, Pakistan since 1996. She obtained her fine art diploma as third position holder from Art institute “Studio Art“ in Karachi in 2002. In 2014 she got her Photography diploma from Alliance Francaise in Karachi. Her work has been shown nationally and internationally including the Venice Biennale. Additionally, her art was used for the cover of ‘Dhaka Dust’ by Dilruba Ahmed (winner of the 2010 Katharine Bakeless Nason prize for poetry) and the album cover of ‘Insomnia’ (2014) by Grammy nominee Audien (Nate Rathbun).
Underpinned by a critical view of social and cultural issues, Samina’s aptitude for experimentation has led her to create a unique form in which to reflect on women’s role as the backbone of society. Using fiber and thread over photography, makes for truly striking textural richness and nurtures her creativity. Continue reading

Announcing Cameron McIntosh’s Exhibition “Novel Shibori and Batik on Silk”

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We are pleased to announce an exhibition Novel Shibori and Batik on Silk by Cameron McIntosh on June 24 (Sat) and 25 (Sun), as a result of his activity during his stay at Studio Kura.

Cameron McIntosh is a graduate of The Ontario College of Art and Design located in Toronto Canada. He got a Post Graduate Diploma in Computer Animation from Sheridan college and then decided to come to Japan where he taught English in Tokyo while living in Nishi Funabashi in Chiba Prefecture. During his years in Japan he documented life in photography and studied urushi on weekends. After returning to Canada he did a large series of chopsticks to explore new ways in which to create urushi patterns. He now does pastel, batik and photography.
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Announcing Laura Williams’s Exhibition “Map”

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We are pleased to announce an exhibition Map by Laura Williams on June 24 (Sat) and 25 (Sun), as a result of her activity during her stay at Studio Kura.

Laura Williams is a painter based in Perth, Western Australia.
Laura graduated from the University of Western Australia with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in 2006 and since then has been exhibiting in Perth and around Australia.
Working predominantly with watercolours, Laura’s work draws from her surrounding environment to explore aspects of our relationship with the natural world.
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Announcing Francisca Derqui’s Exhibition “What remains when it evaporates : multiple olfactive visuals”

We are pleased to announce an exhibition What remains when it evaporates : multiple olfactive visuals by Francisca Derqui on June 24 (Sat) and 25 (Sun), as a result of her activity during her stay at Studio Kura.

Francisca Derqui is a photographer born and raised in Buenos Aires, Argentina.
Her work is an intersection between photography, motion & design. Influenced by her education in the design field she studies the interaction between what’s material and what’s abstract, natural and artificial, liquid and solid by being conscious about how materiality influences it’s meaning. Her latest projects are a result of refractions and reflections of light that deepen on the contemplation of daily rituals.
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Announcing Rajiv Alvares’s Exhibition “Star Wars Challenge”

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We are pleased to announce an exhibition Star Wars Challenge by Rajiv Alvares on June 24(Sat) & 25(Sun), as a result of his activity during his stay at Studio Kura.
*His first term exhibition was held on May 27 (Sat) & 28(Sun), his four digital illustration works will be held this time as his concluded exhibition.

Rajiv Alvares is an Indian based Concept Artist in the Video Game Industry. He is a Fresh Graduate from 3dsense Media School, Singapore, were he trained as an Digital Artist.
During his year in school.The idea of Art challenges were pretty addictive to him.Initially intimidated by them he tried few in school and got hooked on it like a drug. ” There is some thing about a challenge that make it addictive, you have short burst of energy towards some thing and have to produce it in time to fit a larger idea, its just an awesome feeling to me ” .
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