Monthly Archives: July 2016

Visiting local summer festival with current artists: Nogita Gion in Shima-nogita, Itoshima

Current artists and myself, Katsura went to the Suga shrine located in Shima-nogita, Itoshima city to see the local annual summer festival “Nogita-gion” being held on July 13th every year!

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This festival has been continued since the shrine constructed about 400 years ago, and it started for good harvest, well- being and good health in Summer.

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We headed there by public transportation, taking a train to Chikuzen-Maebaru station then a 30-minute bus to get the shrine.
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Announcing Elise Broadway’s Exhibition “Studies of Itoshima”

We are happy to announce Studies of Itoshima, an exhibition by Elise Broadway, as a result of her activity during her stay at Studio Kura.

Qualification:
Bachelors of Fine Arts from the University of Pennsylvania, Certificate Degree from the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts. Recently, I received a travel scholarship named the “Sheidt Travel Award”, and won funds from the PAFA Venture Fund.

Artist Statement:
Elise Broadway is fascinated by the construction of space that integrates, like collage, several realities that layer upon one another. The scenes she creates, many of which intend to express a memory or experience, encompass the senses and aim to capture various overwhelming feelings. Although chaotic transitions from indoors to outdoors and modifications of light often occur, she wishes to culminate the picture plane with an overall sense of harmony. Through distinct imagery, collage, and subtle three-dimensional changes, she wishes to illustrate certain feelings or experiences she has personally encountered.

Here are some words from the artist herself.

Recently, I have been interested in the concept of local identity represented through imagery of cuisine and domestic dining settings. Through the small body of work I have created while here at Studio Kura, I hope to have faithfully depicted distinct, authentic Japanese daily life and the individuals I met during my stay. In the style of my recent paintings, I enjoy creating images that take up an interesting place on the picture plane; by allowing the image to breath through open spaces juxtaposed with small, detailed clusters of imagery, I want to accurately recreate my wonderful experiences.

Elise Broadway “Studies of Itoshima”
Date: July 23 (Saturday) & 24 (Sunday), 11:00 to 19:00, free entrance
* We will hold an artist talk and opening party on Saturday the 23rd, starting at 15:30.
* Exhibitions by other 3 artists (Marijke Wijgerinck, Ien Dobbelaar, Enriqueta Vendrell) will be held during the same exhibition period.

Announcing Enriqueta Vendrell’s Exhibition “Landshat”

We are happy to announce Landshat, an exhibition by Enriqueta Vendrell, as a result of her activity during her stay at Studio Kura.

Enriqueta Vendrell is a visual artist based in Catalonia – Spain. Her last art works are focused in landscape and its change. It is also important for the artist to know the people who live and who make landscape. People change landscape but also landscape changes people. Her work has been exhibited in Spain, she had received some grants for art production.

Here are some words from the artist herself.

When I arrived to Itoshima rural area I noticed that hats are an important piece for people and they are a part of the landscape. By using this element I build again landscapes.
These hats are landscapes in the landscape, they contribute to modify it.

Enriqueta Vendrell “Landshat”
Date: July 23 (Saturday) & 24 (Sunday), 11:00 to 19:00, free entrance
* We will hold an artist talk and opening party on Saturday the 23rd, starting at 15:30.
* Exhibitions by other 3 artists (Marijke Wijgerinck, Ien Dobbelaar, Elise Broadway) will be held during the same exhibition period.

Announcing Marijke Wijgerinck’s Exhibition “While walking”

We are happy to announce While walking, an exhibition by Marijke Wijgerinck, as a result of her activity during her stay at Studio Kura.

Marijke Wijgerinck is based in Zoetermeer. She graduated at the former Academy of Fine Art and Art Education in Amersfoort. Since then she worked both as an artist and teacher of art. Her work is about skin, landscape and memories. She starts with the concept and uses materials that are fitting the stories she likes to tell. Often the location is part of the work.

Since 1992 she exhibited in The Netherlands and abroad like Belgium, Germany, Poland, India, Russia and China. She was commissioned for several art projects and permanent works of art.

Here are some words from the artist herself.

‘While walking’ I discovered grape branches and other natural materials to combine with Japanese paper. I try to figure out what kind of options this paper offers. Is it strong? Is it possible to work with it in a spatial way? Which glue is best? And more: are the paperworks going to dry this humid time of year? I also like the textures of the different materials. Will I use them as a kind of surface? Shall I make drawings on top of it? The walks are heading in different directions at the end of the first week here. I am curious how things will run.

Marijke Wijgerinck “While walking”
Date: July 23 (Saturday) & 24 (Sunday), 11:00 to 19:00, free entrance
* We will hold an artist talk and opening party on Saturday the 23rd, starting at 15:30.
* Exhibitions by other 3 artists (Ien Dobbelaar, Enriqueta Vendrell, Elise Broadway) will be held during the same exhibition period.

Announcing Ien Dobbelaar’s Exhibition “distance and time”

We are happy to announce distance and time, an exhibition by Ien Dobbelaar, as a result of her activity during her stay at Studio Kura.

Ien Dobbelaar is a visual artist based in Leiden.
She completed her Bachelors in three dimensional art at Royal Academy of Art The Hague, Den Haag.
The human being in all its aspects frequently appears in Ien’s work.
Power and simplicity are very important; she moves on the boundaries of recognizable and unrecognizable.Her endeavors are to represent a deeper dimension: watching becomes contemplation. She worked with different materials, such as plaster, steel, fabric. It ranges from small sculptures to installations.
The last years she concentrated on photography and drawing. Subject in her photos are the elderly (the solitude, but also the beauty of the last years of life) often combined with images of small children. The feature of Ien’s photo work is the way she works with her camera: she prefers simple, out-of-focus and often black and white images.
Ien: “A piece of art gets its value by memory, remainders and reflections of a personality. By using simple images and eye-catching details I want to touch the remainders of human life, the left “luggage”.

Here are some words from the artist herself.

Japan… rice fields surround me: perfection and imperfection of the way the plants are put in the ground.. in rows….. same distance….. but it seems like some of them need more space and are out of line. This (non) rhythm is certainly an inspiration. Old ladies… passing by every morning to go to work, another rhythm…

Ien Dobbelaar “distance and time”
Date: July 23 (Saturday) & 24 (Sunday), 11:00 to 19:00, free entrance
* We will hold an artist talk and opening party on Saturday the 23rd, starting at 15:30.
* Exhibitions by other 3 artists (Marijke Wijgerinck, Enriqueta Vendrell, Elise Broadway) will be held during the same exhibition period.