Report of Hakata-Gion Yamakasa Festival: Shudanyamamise by our residence artist!

Hello! I am Maya, a July resident at Studio Kura, and am also helping out as an intern artist.
With a couple of other residents, we left for Hakata to see one of the Yamakasa events! While the main event, “Oiyama” happens early on the 15th, we decided to watch an earlier event called Shudanyamamise on the 13th. The Yamakasa takes place over 15 days starting on July 1st, and involves seven districts of Hakata, each with their own elaborate floats.

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Announcing Layne Farmer ‘s Exhibition “Tābyuransu”

We are pleased to announce an exhibition Tābyuransu by Layne Farmer on July 22 (Sat) and 23 (Sun), as a result of his activity during his stay at Studio Kura.

Layne Farmer is an artist specializing in the field of contemporary abstract painting. He is currently living in Phoenix, Arizona, in the United States where he is finishing his Masters of Fine Arts at Arizona State University in Painting. In 2014 he completed his Bachelor of Fine Arts in painting at the University of North Texas.
Mixing ancient practice with modern material, his process-heavy approach explores the boundary between happenstance and control which results in a coalition of celebrated materiality and the exchange of cultural ideologies.
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Announcing Yumna Sadiq’s Exhibition “Crawlers and Stalkers”

We are pleased to announce an exhibition Crawlers and Stalkers by Yumna Sadiq on July 22 (Sat) and 23 (Sun), as a result of her activity during her stay at Studio Kura.

Yumna Sadiq is a visual artist and an art specialist based in Pakistan.
In 2012, she graduated from National College of Arts, majoring in Miniature Painting. She further took a two year course in Contemporary Visual Arts program at the Funen Art Academy in Denmark.
She is interested in storytelling, be it in the form of writing, drawing and performing. Her recent project titled as ‘Doga and Doda’ was a project where she along with the children in Neelum Valley, Azad Kashmir created a new game titled as ‘Doda’ which was based on a mythical story.
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Announcing Marion Paquette’s Exhibition “aménager l’aléa – to manage randomness”

We are pleased to announce an exhibition aménager l’aléa – to manage randomness by Marion Paquette on July 22 (Sat) and 23 (Sun), as a result of her activity during her stay at Studio Kura.

Marion Paquette is a multidisciplinary artist based in Montreal. She completed her bachelor in Visual and Mediatic Arts at Université du Québec à Montréal in 2015. She also intends to begin a Major in Fibres and Material Practices at Concordia University in Montréal this next September. Her work has been shown in severals places in Montreal (Canada) and Nantes (France).
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Announcing Maya Cannon’s Exhibition “Kami”

We are pleased to announce an exhibition Kami by Maya Cannon on July 22 (Sat) and 23 (Sun), as a result of her activity during her stay at Studio Kura.

From Tokyo Japan, Maya Cannon is currently a student at the Rhode Island School of Design working towards a BFA in printmaking. She focuses on the tactile quality and meaning of materials, and is currently interested in exploring what she can do with paper and wood.
While raised in Tokyo, Maya is drawn to the rural areas of Japan, such as her mother’s hometown. These visits inspire her to capture a certain nostalgia towards tradition, and unravel the beauty associated with it. At Studio Kura, she hopes to do so while exploring the surrounding nature and meeting local people.
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Announcing Alexandra Abbatiello’s Exhibition “Interpersonal Relationships 対人関係”

We are pleased to announce an exhibition Interpersonal Relationships 対人関係 by Alexandra Abbatiello on July 22 (Sat) and 23 (Sun), as a result of her activity during her stay at Studio Kura.

Alexandra Abbatiello is a sculptor from the United States. She received her BFA in 3-Dimensional Arts from Indiana State University in Indiana. She is currently an MFA candidate at the Indiana University of Pennsylvania.
She creates work that relates to how people become themselves; their personalities, traits, experiences, and personal growth. She is interested in all aspects of a person’s personality, both the hidden and the portrayed. Her current work has been about the relationships one has with the people around them and their journey to form these bonds. Her personal connection to these topics stems from her own experiences in life. She recognizes that she is left with impressions from each place she travels to, every experience and memory captures potential influences and creates inspiration for her as the artist.
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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