Monthly Archives: January 2018

Announcing Seunghui Sim’s Exhibition “twenty-seven”

We are pleased to announce an exhibition twenty-seven by Seunghui Sim on January 27 (Saturday) & 28 (Sun), as a result of her activity during her stay at Studio Kura.

Seunghui Sim received BFA in Photography, and Fine Arts from College for Creative Studies, and currently, she is pursuing her MFA in photography at Hongik University. Her installation works and photographs are based on interests about how people’s memories and their relationship interact , and created by using reconstructed photos. She has participated in exhibitions such as Prelude, Full Grilz, Post Photo in Detroit, Seoul. Her works are in Convers, Valade Family Gallery and Detroit institute of Arts.

She talks about her own experiences of confusion between the distortion of memory and the actual facts through the medium of photography.

Here are some words from the artist herself.

Sim visualizes her experiences based on memories of her own relationships through photography. She depicts the complexity of loneliness, anxiety and unfamiliarity in her own family, school, and interpersonal relationship at the age of twenty seven. The images of photos and texts together will portray the memories distorted by complex emotions of both the past and present.

Seunghui Sim “twenty-seven”
Date: January 27 (Saturday), 28 (Sunday), 11:00 to 18:00, free entrance
* We will hold an exhibition opening party and an artist talk on 27th (Sat), starting at 15:30.
* The exhibitions by other current residence artists will be also held on the same dates.

Announcing Desirée Gedda’s Exhibition “hide-and-seek with folktales’ animals”

We are pleased to announce an exhibition hide-and-seek with folktales’ animals by Desirée Gedda on January 27 (Saturday) & 28 (Sun), as a result of her activity during her stay at Studio Kura.

Desirée Gedda graduated at European Institute of Design, visual arts – illustration in Turin (Italy) in 2010. Nowadays she worked as illustrator for children books.

She improve her drawing searching inspiration by traveling, discovering places, local kid’s games and lifestyle. Japanese culture’s fascinate her and she’d like to mash up with her drawings.

Here are some words from the artist herself.

Japanese folktales’ animals have a really different collective imaginary from Europe folktales. Here in Itoshima, I feel the authentic and pristine japanese traditional daily life. I think it is the best background to catch this feeling and drawing about common points between our folktales. My exhibition will be interactive for children and adults.

Desirée Gedda
“hide-and-seek with folktales’ animals かくれんぼ: 日本民話の動物たち”

Date: January 27 (Saturday), 28 (Sunday), 11:00 to 18:00, free entrance
* We will hold an exhibition opening party and an artist talk on 27th (Sat), starting at 15:30.
* The exhibitions by other current residence artists will be also held on the same dates.

Announcing Maternal Mitochodria’s Exhibition “Thresh/hold”

We are pleased to announce an exhibition Thresh/hold by Maternal Mitochodria on January 27 (Saturday) & 28 (Sun), as a result of their activity during thier stay at Studio Kura.

“Maternal Mitochodria” is a mother/daughter artistic collaborative team by Miriam Sagan and Isabel Winson-Sagan.

Maternal Mitochodria are currently focused on a site specific installation of suminagashi and text. We creating both the marbled paper and the poetry at the same time. Site specificity will be enhanced by the use of local water—from well, reservoir, watershed, etc.—in the suminagashi. This is part of the ancient Japanese art which we look forward to utilizing. We are also interested in adding embroidery to the pieces, following the flow of ink.

Subject matter will derive from the time, place, and from the ecology of the terrain. Mother/daughter collaborations are rare, although sons have often worked with fathers in the crafts and the arts. We share an interest in “mapping,” particularly as suminagashi can look like a topo map. Our project is a cross generational multimedia feminist derived project.

Here are some words from the artists themselves.

To come to Japan, we had to cross many thresholds, physical, emotional, and spiritual. A threshold is not just a boundary, but a way of collecting, gathering, and storing. This also refers to the ties between us as mother and daughter, and references local shrine and temple decorations. We’re using traditional materials–knitting and suminagashi–along with poetry that derives from the linked Japanese form of renga. The poetry asks a series of questions about our experience—maybe without answers—but worth asking.

Maternal Mitochodria (Miriam Sagan and Isabel Winson-Sagan)
“Thresh/hold”

Date: January 27 (Saturday), 28 (Sunday), 11:00 to 18:00, free entrance
* We will hold an exhibition opening party and an artist talk on 27th (Sat), starting at 15:30.
* The exhibitions by other current residence artists will be also held on the same dates.

Announcing Eunji Jung’s Exhibition “No ISBN”

We are pleased to announce an exhibition No ISBN by Eunji Jung on January 27 (Saturday) & 28 (Sun), as a result of her activity during her stay at Studio Kura.

Eunji Jung
is making graphic novels and drawings based in Seoul. She graduated in BFA graphic and moving image design and MA Fine Art. After she passed Ph.D course, has not only prepared her dissertation for comic department, also concentrated on making self- published comics and alternative comic zine with her students in University.

She has explored the correlation between the body, identity and the world in various field of contemporary art. In particular she focuses on the notion of transformed body in various circumstances.

Here are some words from the artist herself.

I have investigated various art forms that utilize the human body, which derive from an aspect of social relations. In this sense, what I take a suitable methodology to address the issue is self-published comics. During the empirical part of self-publishing with no *ISBN in my residency period, I have reached the idea that my works seems to correspond to the pronounced desire of individualist, and it still reinforces my main subject ‘metamorphosed body’ which is illusory artificiality of the flimsy adolescent.

*ISBN: International Standard Book Number for identifying commercial books

Eunji Jung “No ISBN”
Date: January 27 (Saturday), 28 (Sunday), 11:00 to 18:00, free entrance
* We will hold an exhibition opening party and an artist talk on 27th (Sat), starting at 15:30.
* The exhibitions by other current residence artists will be also held on the same dates.

Announcing Maria Fernanda Carlos’s Exhibition “Today I will say less 今日、多くは語らない”

We are pleased to announce an exhibition Today I will say less 今日、多くは語らない by Maria Fernanda Carlos on January 27 (Saturday) & 28 (Sun), as a result of her activity during her stay at Studio Kura.

Maria Fernanda
is a multidisciplinary artist based in Guatemala, her main practices are painting, installation and photography.
She completed her postgraduate diploma in contemporary art at Chelsea college of Arts in 2009. Her work has been shown in London, U.S, México, Perú, Colombia and all Central America.

Inspired by eastern philosophies, concepts such as harmony, chaos, order, fullness, emptiness, structure, noise & void are a constant in her work.
She is interested in how opposites work as well as how to find balance between them.

Here are some words from the artist herself.

Throughout a month Maria Fernanda travelled Japan to get an overall view of the culture before stepping into her residency program.
Fascinated and impressed by various Japanese architects, zen gardens, the properness and kindness of Japanese people, the softness of their manners, and the importance of harmony within this culture, Maria began to observe herself.

She noticed she was over expressive in her gestures, emotions, and had a very strong laugh, she wondered if that came from her Latin background or maybe that was just her, most important Japan has inspired her to say less and observe more.

Maria Fernanda Carlos “Today I will say less 今日、多くは語らない”
Date: January 27 (Saturday), 28 (Sunday), 11:00 to 18:00, free entrance
* We will hold an exhibition opening party and an artist talk on 27th (Sat), starting at 15:30.
* The exhibitions by other current residence artists will be also held on the same dates.