Monthly Archives: August 2017

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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