Announcing Julia Peintner’s Exhibition “FIGURES”

We are pleased to announce an exhibition FIGURES by Julia Peintner on September 23 (Sat) and 24 (Sun), as a result of her activity during her stay at Studio Kura.

Julia Peintner is a painter and print-maker, living and working in London, UK. She graduated from Central Saint Martins in 2015 and has exhibited in group exhibitions in the UK, Europe, US and Japan. Her work is figurative and surreal. Topics that come up in her recent work are group dynamics and seemingly common scenarios of everyday life.

Here are some words from the artist herself.

The centrepiece of my images is always the figure; as an individual or in a community, still or in motion. For the pieces that I will be showing I was interested in doing two things: looking into how I can use colour and gradients in my work but more importantly, experimenting with the format e.g. the quantity of canvases/printing blocks next to each other, transforming a single person into a group/community.

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Julia Peintner “FIGURES”
Date: September 23 (Saturday) and 24 (Sunday), 11:00 to 18:30, free entrance
* We will hold an exhibition opening party and an artist talk on 23rd (Sat), starting at 15:30.
* The exhibitions by other current residence artists will be also held on the same dates.

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Exhibition view at Screen 3, Chikuzen-Marbaru Shopping Street for “Short Short Film Festival & Aisia 2017 in Fukuoka” on September 16 2017
more photos: https://www.facebook.com/StudioKuraResidence/posts/1550365951694014

Announcing Stina Lavenius’s Exhibition “Group activity”

We are pleased to announce an exhibition Group activity by Stina Lavenius on September 23 (Sat) and 24 (Sun), as a result of her activity during her stay at Studio Kura.

Stina Lavenius is an image maker. Her visual language is informed by her background in graphic design, text and image are elements of equal importance in her work. Her projects are driven by her curiosity in anthropology and psychology, group dynamics and social phenomenas such as gender roles and identity.
Stina completed her Bachelor of Arts in Graphic Design from Central Saint Martins in London in 2015. After a year of independent work in Stockholm and as an artist in residence in various programs, she went back to school and graduated this spring from a course specialized in printmaking and bookbinding at The College of Printmaking Arts, Stockholm. Her work has been exhibited in Stockholm, London, New York and Japan.

Here are some words from the artist herself.

I look at people participating in activities with others.

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Stina Lavenius “Group activity”
Date: September 23 (Saturday) and 24 (Sunday), 11:00 to 18:30, free entrance
* We will hold an exhibition opening party and an artist talk on 23rd (Sat), starting at 15:30.
* The exhibitions by other current residence artists will be also held on the same dates.

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Exhibition view at Screen 3, Chikuzen-Marbaru Shopping Street for “Short Short Film Festival & Aisia 2017 in Fukuoka” on September 16 2017
more photos: https://www.facebook.com/StudioKuraResidence/posts/1550365951694014

Announcing Laurence Rimes’s Exhibition “海と土地 / Sea and Land”

We are pleased to announce an exhibition 海と土地 / Sea and Land by Laurence Rimes on September 23 (Sat) and 24 (Sun), as a result of his activity during his stay at Studio Kura.

Laurence Rimes has completed 5 years training in sculpture and printmaking at the Canberra School of Art (ANU) Australia. Initially concentrating on sculpture his interests now focus on drawing using charcoal, pastel and acetate sheet for printing.
His practice uses subjects that are sculptural within a landscape, such as stone quarries, man made structures and people going about their daily work.

Here are some words from the artist himself.

These drawings have come about from my observations of Itoshima fishing and agricultural industries.

I like to work by daily moving out in concentric circles, recording what takes my interest and at times magnifying–moving deeper into the image.

My use of colour and cut off image is influenced by Japanese wood block prints.

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Laurence Rimes “海と土地 / Sea and Land”
Date: September 23 (Saturday) and 24 (Sunday), 11:00 to 18:30, free entrance
* We will hold an exhibition opening party and an artist talk on 23rd (Sat), starting at 15:30.
* The exhibitions by other current residence artists will be also held on the same dates.

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Exhibition view at Screen 3, Chikuzen-Marbaru Shopping Street for “Short Short Film Festival & Aisia 2017 in Fukuoka” on September 16 2017
more photos: https://www.facebook.com/StudioKuraResidence/posts/1550365951694014

Announcing Ollanski’s Exhibition “PROTOTYPE”

We are pleased to announce an exhibition PROTOTYPE by Ollanski on September 23 (Sat) and 24 (Sun), as a result of his activity during his stay at Studio Kura.

Ollanski is a multi award-winning paper engineer, art director, creative director, director and illustrator based in Berlin.
In 2008 he quit a PhD in molecular neurobiology at the Max Planck Institute in Berlin to pursue his passion for paper craft.
Since then he has made hand-crafted paper objects for photographic and animated advertising campaigns of iconic brands like Ferrero, PlayStation, Pepsi and IBM. His work has been featured in publications like NYLON (US), brandeins (GER) and Ud&Se (DK) and brought him 31 design, illustration and motion design awards and nominations.

Here are some words from the artist himself.

PROTOTYPE is an exhibition of new works by award winning paper artist Ollanski created at Studio Kura in September 2017.
It features new approaches in working with crafting materials and a narrative that is located somewhere between mythology, colour, 90ies RnB and Japanese urbanism.

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Ollanski “PROTOTYPE”
Date: September 23 (Saturday) and 24 (Sunday), 11:00 to 18:30, free entrance
* We will hold an exhibition opening party and an artist talk on 23rd (Sat), starting at 15:30.
* The exhibitions by other current residence artists will be also held on the same dates.

Announcing Christoffer Ohlander’s Exhibition “Wooden rollator”

We are pleased to announce an exhibition Wooden rollator by Christoffer Ohlander on September 23 (Sat) and 24 (Sun), as a result of his activity during his stay at Studio Kura.

Christoffer Ohlander is an industrial designer based in Stockholm.
Since graduating with a bachelor’s degree in industrial design from Konstfack in Stockholm 2015, he has been working as a design engineer for renowned audio company Teenage Engineering. Christoffers work has won several design awards and was last exhibited during the 2016 Japan design week.
By implementing a human-centred product design, he tries to enhance the users well-being. He tries to create products that fulfill emotional needs, while still being functional.

Here are some words from the artist himself.

The wooden rollator is a crossover between furniture and aid-product, made for indoor use. The benefits of using wood are many – it can make the rollator lighter, more environmentally friendly and durable. I’m trying to create a rollator that is not seen as a necessary evil, but as something to empower the user both functionally and on an emotional level.

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Christoffer Ohlander “Wooden rollator”
Date: September 23 (Saturday) and 24 (Sunday), 11:00 to 18:30, free entrance
* We will hold an exhibition opening party and an artist talk on 23rd (Sat), starting at 15:30.
* The exhibitions by other current residence artists will be also held on the same dates.

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Exhibition view at Screen 3, Chikuzen-Marbaru Shopping Street for “Short Short Film Festival & Aisia 2017 in Fukuoka” on September 16 2017
more photos: https://www.facebook.com/StudioKuraResidence/posts/1550365951694014

Announcing Janet Saunders’s Exhibition “Finding a way through drawing”

We are pleased to announce an exhibition Finding a way through drawing by Janet Saunders on August 26 (Sat) and 27 (Sun), as a result of her activity during her stay at Studio Kura.

Janet Saunders is an Associate Lecturer at the Western Sydney University and PhD candidate researching the value of drawing in the creative process of Visual Communication students.
This research has led to her current focus on contemporary drawing practices, visual perception phenomena, and exploring the ‘drawing trail’ through her own drawing practice.
She is currently completing an academic development program that includes the investigation and development of improvisational drawing exercises.

Here are some words from the artist herself.

My residency at Studio Kura is part of an exploration into the role and value of sketching through the analysis of a ‘drawing trail’. This practice-led component utilizes response drawing whilst navigating physically and emotionally through the changing landscape of Japan. I use both traditional drawing materials and an iPad sketch app to record my journey.

Janet Saunders “Finding a way through drawing”
Date: August 26 (Saturday) and 27 (Sunday), 11:00 to 18:30, free entrance
* We will hold an exhibition opening party and an artist talk on 26th (Sat), starting at 16:30.
* The exhibitions by other current residence artists, will be also held on the same dates.

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Announcing Ann Mcginley’s Exhibition “indelible green”

We are pleased to announce an exhibition indelible green by Ann Mcginley on August 26 (Sat) and 27 (Sun), as a result of her activity during her stay at Studio Kura.

Ann McGinley is a Melbourne (Australia) artist.
Ann has completed a Masters of Contemporary Art at the VCA (University of Melbourne) where she concentrated on the application of a range of media, watercolour, ink, acrylic, oil and aerosol on canvas, board and paper. Her works have no intended beginning or end, rather they seek to explore the intersection of landscape and psyche.

For the last 2 years Ann has been using Japanese watercolour as a contemporary medium on canvas. The watercolour’s staining and dripping into the canvas becomes a metaphor for landscape’s effect on emotion.

Here are some words from the artist herself.

Ann Mcginley’s large scale paintings are a response to the verdant greens of Ikisan. The mixed media, mostly watercolour works, result from her investigation of Studio Kura’s immediate environment. Using loose brush work and line, Ann abstractly renders the encroachment of the densely wooded surrounding hills onto Ikisan’s carefully tended rice fields and market gardens. Coming from drought in southern Australia Ann has enjoyed the application of multiple hues of green in making the works in ‘indelible green’.
Ann uses a staining technique as an optimistic portrayal of the permanence of nature. At the same time these paintings are reminders of the gradual global eradication of the small scale market garden.

Ann Mcginley “indelible green”
Date: August 26 (Saturday) and 27 (Sunday), 11:00 to 18:30, free entrance
* We will hold an exhibition opening party and an artist talk on 26th (Sat), starting at 16:30.
* The exhibitions by other current residence artists, will be also held on the same dates.

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Announcing Anne-Sophie Guillet’s Exhibition “Komorebi”

We are pleased to announce an exhibition Komorebi by Anne-Sophie Guillet on August 26 (Sat) and 27 (Sun), as a result of her activity during her stay at Studio Kura.

Anne-Sophie Guillet is a French photographer, born in Oxford, UK. She graduated from the Royal Academy of Fine Arts in 2013 with an MFA in visual arts and photography in Belgium. She currently lives and works in Brussels, BE.

Her work has been shown in various places US, Belgium, Poland, Canada, Australia including Japan in Kobe at the Mt Rokko international photo Festival in 2016. More recently in April 2017, her series Komorebi was exhibited as a solo show in Brussels at the gallery La Part du Feu.

It is her second time at Studio Kura as she already came last summer to develop a new body of work combining photography and videos ( click here for her previous profile page and her exhibition page in 2016). They relate the discovery of a place beyond words, the experience of a new time-space to investigate and live. This work initiated during her stay is entitled Komorebi.

Here are some words from the artist herself.

At this specific moment of the year, all elements become part of our everyday life and rhythm our days. Humidity and heat invite nature to express itself and to spread within an insolent force, by making every attempt of resistance as derisory. Thus it is nature that dictates its rules, presenting itself as a secret to survey. Nature contains intrinsically the hope of an encounter within itself.

Anne-Sophie Guillet “Komorebi”
Date: August 26 (Saturday) and 27 (Sunday), 11:00 to 18:30, free entrance
* We will hold an exhibition opening party and an artist talk on 26th (Sat), starting at 16:30.
* The exhibitions by other current residence artists, will be also held on the same dates.

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Announcing Ester Poyas’s Exhibition “Expressions and Emotions”

We are pleased to announce an exhibition Expressions and Emotions by Ester Poyas on August 26 (Sat) and 27 (Sun), as a result of her activity during her stay at Studio Kura.

In 2016 Ester Poyas completed a Graduate Certificate in Visual Arts at the Victorian College of the Arts, University of Melbourne, Australia.
It was during this final year that she developed a project in response to the photographic portraits of the participants in the work of Marina Abramović: The Artist Is Present. The photos taken of each of these participants show a range of emotions, including being brought to tears. By appropriating these photographs, it was her intention to capture the expression, and/or emotion portrayed, rather than making a direct copy of the photographic images.

Here are some words from the artist herself.

My intention is to marry portraits, sourced from photographs, with recycled Japanese textiles, referencing the Wabi Sabi philosophy of impermanence and imperfection. The aim is to capture the spirit of the expression, rather than to render an exact duplication of the image.

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Ester Poyas “Expressions and Emotions”
Date: August 26 (Saturday) and 27 (Sunday), 11:00 to 18:30, free entrance
* We will hold an exhibition opening party and an artist talk on 26th (Sat), starting at 16:30.
* The exhibitions by other current residence artists, will be also held on the same dates.

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Announcing Sun Yu’s Exhibition “childhood 幼少の時”

We are pleased to announce an exhibition childhood 幼少の時 by Sun Yu on August 26 (Sat) and 27 (Sun), as a result of her activity during her stay at Studio Kura.

Sun Yu is a 3D animator and multimedia artist. She is a senior in the 3D Animation program at Shih Chien University in Taipei.
Sun has a passion for collaboration with performance artists internationally. She has partnered with musicians, dancers, and actors to incorporate her animation into a multimedia experience.
Her inspirations come from body language. The artist belives that it is important to observe one’s body language for the overt to the hidden emotions they might not otherwise show. This is important because animation speaks through physicality. Animation is about raw communication.

Here are some words from the artist herself.

” Who is your best friend ? ”
”hmm.. I think is my ipad…@@ ”
a story about nature and internet in a young boy’s childhood.

Sun Yu “childhood 幼少の時”
Date: August 26 (Saturday) and 27 (Sunday), 11:00 to 18:30, free entrance
* We will hold an exhibition opening party and an artist talk on 26th (Sat), starting at 16:30.
* The exhibitions by other current residence artists, will be also held on the same dates.

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