Monthly Archives: March 2016

Event View at Itoshima Spring Festival 2016 “Sakuraitoshimatsuri” : Kate Gorrie, Tara Benjamin-Morgan, Park Hyun Ji, Amjad Akash

The weather in Itoshima is getting warmer and more sunny these days!
Studio Kura was participated in the 2nd Sakuraitoshimatsuri 2016, Itoshima Spring Festival at Itoshima Shrine on March 20th. It was such a lovely day, perfect time for celebrating spring season!

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Our current residence artists, Amjad Akash, Tara Benjamin-Morgan, Kate Gorrie and Park Hyun Ji also attended and helped this event, to give joyful workshops and great works specially for this event!

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As we run kids art classes, Studio Kura produced an art installation showing kids’ sculptural works at the approach to the main shrine.
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Announcing Kate Gorrie’s Exhibition “Unspoken Home”

We are happy to announce Unspoken Home, an exhibition by Kate Gorrie, as a result of her activity during her stay at Studio Kura.

Through her playful visual imagery, there is an exploration into the reflective nature of our interconnected human existence. Her illustration inquisitively explores the nature of the mind in narrative and how this movement connects us to our identity ever changing. An inherent love for the natural world inspires the metaphors and symbols of her work, which dance upon a philosophical playground of imagery. Using both fine detail and simple space, her work interrelates a sense of movement and connection.

Whilst her artwork may evoke bizarre paradigms, there is an invitation to explore the nature of the mind & examine the fabric of our existence. Her works are an expression of hope in our creative potential, wherein our identity is shifted from the vessels we’ve constructed to be free in the bottomless bucket of existence which they came from.

Here are some words from the artist herself.

‘Unspoken Home’ is an exploration into the identity of home. When I first arrived in Itoshima, I was captivated by the architecture surrounding my new neighbourhood. It lead me to reflect on my past homes in Australia & what memories I have on them. This then lead me to question “what is home?” I’ve taken this question with me through my 8 weeks here and have come to explore home beyond the walls of a building, but as an experience we create. In every moment we are alive, we have the capacity to create home there. Home is a frame of mind. Home is not just a place where you sleep, but it’s the place where you stand.

My illustrations of the simple humans reflect back the inner nature we all have been given upon birth. From this angle, from the moment we are born, we are home. I use their simple form as the way of exploring our commonalities rather than differences. Together we create home, with our collaborative human nature. So I invite you now to collaborate in this space & as the English saying goes “make yourself at home”.

Kate Gorrie “Unspoken Home”
Date: March 26 (Saturday), 27 (Sunday), 11:00 to 19:00, free entrance
* We will hold an opening party and an artist talk on Saturday the 26th, starting at 15:30.
* Exhibitions by other 3 artists(Bushra Burge, Park Hyun Ji, Amjad Akash) will be held during the same exhibition period.

Announcing Amjad Akash’s Exhibition “SCREAMING OF MY TIME”

We are happy to announce SCREAMING OF MY TIME, an exhibition by Amjad Akash, as a result of his activity during his stay at Studio Kura.

Amjad Akash is a visual artist & activist, born in Bangladesh on December 31, 1979. He has received his Masters of Fine Art (MFA) from the Faculty of Fine Art, University of Dhaka, Bangladesh.

Amjad Akash has participated in more than 75 national and international art exhibitions. In the last 15 years, he has been engaged with creative writing and freelance journalism. At the moment, he is devotedly engaged with an online art magazine called “Chitram”. His work explores the contemporary image of human psychology’s vibrant world.

Most of his works are influenced by his engagement with subjects such as civil human rights. He is also influenced by his surroundings, the social crisis and its reflection on the society.

Here are some words from the artist himself.

Art for freedom of thoughts
People nowadays have kept attacking each other in the name of philosophy, religion, and sociality and to extend their supremacy. Around the world religious extremism is one of main berries to practicing free thought.
Bangladesh is also little bit threaten by religious fundamentalists. For anti-fundamental writing some people murdered by machete. Religious fundamentalist/extremist killed them. Most of people perform as robotic behaviour, on the other hand some people struggle for freedom of thought. My art-works express their thinking about the people who are struggling.

Amjad Akash “SCREAMING OF MY TIME”
Date: March 26 (Saturday), 27 (Sunday), 11:00 to 19:00, free entrance
* We will hold an opening party and an artist talk on Saturday the 26th, starting at 15:30.
* Exhibitions by other 3 artists(Kate Gorrie, Bushra Burge, Park Hyun Ji) will be held during the same exhibition period.

Announcing Park Hyun Ji’s Exhibition “Collection of Brain Slices “

We are happy to announce Collection of Brain Slices , an exhibition by Park Hyun Ji, as a result of her activity during her stay at Studio Kura.

Park Hyun Ji is a visual media artist [Brand: 켡(Kyun)], an art therapist and an art educator in South Korea.
She graduated her Postgraduate of Art Therapy, Art and Design in 2016 at Konkuk University and holds her Bachelor of Cartoon Animation at Kongju National University.
She is specialised in illustration, animation, and visual representation of a variety of media art.
Park draws the brain as the brain functions resemble our society. Cells of the brain is a work of the next dead cells, and the brain cells are connected. This ideas makes her comfortable, and she draws pictures. The presence of all moving creatures is expressed in a moving picture; animation.

Here are some words from the artist herself.

In the meantime, I have lived in different environments and circumstances, from the senses adaptation process, particularly focused on the visual senses.
Artist-켡(Kyun) shares about the world seen. The exhibition shows a visual collect the debris of the brain.
Artwork in brain symbolises that all of us are significant and related to each other that is why we all need to be united.
I hope to communicate through the exhibits. Each other people will artwork (and participate) through the dialogue and exchange.

Park Hyun Ji [켡 Kyun ] ”Collection of Brain Slices”
Date: March 26 (Saturday), 27 (Sunday), 11:00 to 19:00, free entrance
* We will hold an opening party and an artist talk on Saturday the 26th, starting at 15:30.
* Exhibitions by other 3 artists(Kate Gorrie, Bushra Burge, Amjad Akash) will be held during the same exhibition period.

Announcing Bushra Burge’s Exhibition “Rural Decay”

We are happy to announce Rural Decay, an exhibition by Bushra Burge, as a result of her activity during her stay at Studio Kura.

Bushra Burge is a multimedia artist-designer and educator. Her work explores memory and personhood, bringing together art and science through the use of a range of traditional and new media, from couture to digital installation. She has exhibited in the UK, and the artist has a background in ethical fashion and sustainability and is extremely interested in art and design for social benefit. She has also recently developed a number of wearable technology costumes and a second skin inspired product for virtual reality gaming. Her most recent exhibited work resulted in textile prints and projection mapping.
Bushra holds an MA in Applied Imagination from Central Saint Martins, a BA in Fashion Studies from the London College of Fashion, as well as an earlier BSc from Imperial College in Biochemistry, which enables her to bring a unique perspective and range of skills to her work.

Here are some words from the artist herself.

This exhibition is a visual anthology of the natural depreciation within the surrounding rural environment of Studio Kura, Ikisan. A cohesion of colours and textures unify delicate fallen flowers trampled by the Spring weather with the inevitable corrosion of utility materials.
A reaction to the same environmental factors by different objects consolidate a common beauty.

Bushra Burge “Rural Decay”
Date: March 26 (Saturday), 27 (Sunday), 11:00 to 19:00, free entrance
* We will hold an opening party and an artist talk on Saturday the 26th, starting at 15:30.
* Exhibitions by other 3 artists(Kate Gorrie, Park Hyun Ji, Amjad Akash) will be held during the same exhibition period.