Monthly Archives: February 2014

Studio Kura will attend “Considering Artist in Residence(AIR)” coming weekends in TOKYO

Studio Kura will attend a 3-day forum in TOKYO, called “Considering Artist in Residence(AIR)”, coming weekends in order to support Microresidence Network actively.

Here is the detail of the event.

Considering Artist in Residence(AIR):
A home for the creative activities of artists-its structure as an important vessel within society and the potentials of net work.

We propose to hold a 3-day forum in which, through presentation examining the present state of domestic AIR, research conducted by art universities, and various case studied including a collaboration between an AIR and an art university, we will examine the reality of a collaborative project pivoted on a domestic and international microresidence net work. Through the accumulation of research and discussions together with artists and those concerned with AIR, we aim to strengthen the role of AIR as important social vessels, while at the same time contributing to the further development of related activities.

Day1:Whose “AIR”The Current Situation and possibilities surrounding both Domestic and International Networks
Day2:The Present State of Domestic and International AIR collaborations between AIR and Universities
Day3:The possibility of a collaboration project through a Microresidence Network href>

Kristine Marx is Here!

Kristine Marx from New York will be working at Studio Kura this month!
She will be working on drawings and animation. We have scheduled her exhibition for March 8.

She is an assistant professor at the University of the Arts in Philadelphia. We are thinking about having her do a talk about her art work, her teaching work. We are sure she will have a lot of interesting things to say! As always, the studio is open while she is at work so feel free to visit.

Kristine Marx’s profile page

Local Businesses Support Residence Artists: Introducing the Kurapass

Hi! This is Ale reporting some good news.

Hiro has been talking to people for months about something we like to call the Kurapass. We were looking for new ways to connect the artists with the local community, and also new ways to help the artists in their everyday life in Itoshima. We were lucky enough to find something that is an advance at both tracks.

Our aim with Kurapass is to get many local businesses to offer coupons and discounts to residence artists, and we still have a lot of work to do but we didn’t want to wait before introducing our project and the first deal so here it is.

Taken from Hyakusyoya’s owner’s blog

Hyakusyoya is a rice and natto producer really near Studio Kura (a two-minute walk from the residence house!) who cares a lot about using the least chemicals possible. Hyakusyoya’s ethimology means “the house of the hundred smiles” and all they want is to sell you the product they want to feed their children. They ship nationwide from their website and will be happy to sell rice cheaper to you when you drop by during your stay at Studio Kura. As you may already know, rice is very important when cooking for yourself in Japan!

Stay tuned for more deals, and look forward to know about other interesting local businesses. Kurapass is on!

New Residence Slots Available for 2015

Hi! This is Ale from Itoshima in a very cold winter day.

We have good news to all people who would like to be a part of the Studio Kura Artist in Residence program. You may know that the residence house has always been shared by up to two artists. But we just got a new room ready to be used and now we can host up to three artists at a time!
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Report: Kerry Lessard and Max Nalevansky’s Exhibitions

This is a translation of Hiro’s blog post.
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Today I’m writing about Kerry Lessard and Max Nalevansky’s exhibitions, which were held at the same time. Both are young artists from New York’s Brooklyn, and we were happy to have such a young atmosphere at the office.
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Photographer Juliane Eirich Published her Book “Itoshima”

Hi! This is Ale translating a blog post by Hiro.
Juliane Itoshima book
German photographer Juliane Eirich stayed with us back in 2011, and recently published her book Itoshima with Berlin based publisher Peperoni Books. The photographs may depict scenes that are too natural for us living here. I know this place. And this one, too. But the way she looks at things is totally different.
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