Monthly Archives: March 2018

Announcing Ian Campbell’s Exhibition “Fragments of Itoshima”

We are pleased to announce an exhibition Fragments of Itoshima by Ian Campbell on March 24 (Saturday) & 25 (Sun), as a result of his activity during his stay at Studio Kura.

Ian Campbell is a filmmaker and multimedia artist who works in video, drawing, installation and performance art. His short films have been screened across Canada at film and experimental media festivals such as Festival Du Nouveau Cinema (Montreal), WNDX (Winnipeg), Antimatter (Victoria), 8Fest (Toronto) and others in Europe and the US.

He has presented performance work using live improvised projected video at artist run centres and performance venues across western Canada. His short films range from the experimental to the comedic and use a variety of effects both low tech and high tech.
He works in the film department of the University of Regina in Regina, Saskatchewan, Canada.

Here are some words from the artist himself.

I came to the Studio Kura residency without any particular plan. I knew I would make a film project because of the equipment I brought with me but I wanted to let the place unfold before me to determine the structure of the film. I don’t do a lot of travelling, and when I do I prefer to stay in one place and try to observe the nuances of that place. I use a variety of cinematography techniques including time-lapse photography and the use of underwater cameras. I create collages of fragments of time, trying to simulate unconscious memories of this place that is not my own. I hope that the people of Itoshima will appreciate this particular portrait of their home and that my film will travel elsewhere and inspire audiences outside of Japan.

Ian Campbell “Fragments of Itoshima”
Date: March 24(Saturday), 25(Sunday), 11:00 to 18:00, free entrance
* We will hold an exhibition opening party and an artist talk on 24th (Sat), starting at 15:30.
* The exhibitions by other current residence artists will be also held on the same dates.

Announcing Stephen Cooney’s Exhibition “A Figurative Process”

We are pleased to announce an exhibition A Figurative Process by Stephen Cooney on March 24 (Saturday) & 25 (Sun), as a result of his activity during his stay at Studio Kura.

Stephen Cooney is an interdisciplinary artist with an interest for merging classical concepts of image-making with contemporary/commercial methods of production.
His experience is rooted in content creation for entertainment media, however in recent years he has come to a new practice–figurative art.

Here are some words from the artist himself.

I will display my learning process for developing personal approaches to rendering the human form in charcoal. There will be an array of pieces–experiments–looking at various parts of the human form, and variant methods for rendering the form. Overall, my own style fits into a realist approach to figurative art, with a bias towards expression of physical energy.

Stephen Cooney “A Figurative Process”
Date: March 24(Saturday), 25(Sunday), 11:00 to 18:00, free entrance
* We will hold an exhibition opening party and an artist talk on 24th (Sat), starting at 15:30.
* The exhibitions by other current residence artists will be also held on the same dates.

Announcing Lily Lewis’s Exhibition “Symbols of presence”

We are pleased to announce an exhibition Symbols of presence by Lily Lewis on March 24 (Saturday) & 25 (Sun), as a result of her activity during her stay at Studio Kura.

Lily Lewis is an artist currently living in London, and her works range from painting, drawing, sculpture and mixed media pieces. She has had works shown in both group and solo exhibitions in London, New York, LA and Paris. With degrees in English literature and psychoanalysis her practice involves itself in the academic understanding and deconstructed narrative of the human experience within a geometric framework.

Here are some words from the artist herself.

My current practice is the second of 5 exhibitions retelling the story of the human body through physical elements symbolic of the biological senses; touch, sight, smell, taste and hearing, and a study into the corresponding geometric relationships, with an emphasis on the platonic shapes; circle, line, triangle, square, and a quiet understanding of the negative space in between, in an attempt to define the building blocks of what it is to at its core be a body in communication with the universal.

At studio Kura I will continue my research into the narrative of form in space, but with an added influence of more location specific views of cultural icons such as; sakura, manga, religious texts, etc, seen within and through the shapes that influence each chapter of the larger story.

Lily Lewis “Symbols of presence”
Date: March 24(Saturday), 25(Sunday), 11:00 to 18:00, free entrance
* We will hold an exhibition opening party and an artist talk on 24th (Sat), starting at 15:30.
* The exhibitions by other current residence artists will be also held on the same dates.

Announcing Marcelina Wellmer’s Exhibition “33° 33′ 14″ N, 130° 11′ 52″ E”

We are pleased to announce an exhibition 33° 33′ 14″ N, 130° 11′ 52″ E by Marcelina Wellmer on March 24 (Saturday) & 25 (Sun), as a result of her activity during her stay at Studio Kura.

Marcelina Wellmer graduated in video and drawing on Academy of Fine Arts in Poznan / Poland. She lives and works in Berlin.
Her works plays with the sensibility of machines, the fragility of digital memory and the interaction between human body and artificial objects. She works in different media like video, installation and painting. The works were showed in several exhibitions and festivals in Europa, Australia, Canada, USA and Japan.

Here are some words from the artist herself.

33° 33′ 14″ N, 130° 11′ 52″ E installation make visible a new kind of Itoshima – area map, created by human body moving in the outdoor space. The GPS recordings from every day walks turned into drawings; parallel, the daily audio recordings get composed into a minimalistic sound piece.
The digital facts got translated into the final analogue form – it is a play with partly random, partly controlled process of materialisation.

Marcelina Wellmer “33° 33′ 14″ N, 130° 11′ 52″ E”
Date: March 24(Saturday), 25(Sunday), 11:00 to 18:00, free entrance
* We will hold an exhibition opening party and an artist talk on 24th (Sat), starting at 15:30.
* The exhibitions by other current residence artists will be also held on the same dates.

Announcing Danika van Kaathoven’s Exhibition “Pursuit of Motion 動きへの追求”

We are pleased to announce an exhibition Pursuit of Motion 動きへの追求 by Danika van Kaathoven on March 24 (Saturday) & 25 (Sun), as a result of her activity during her stay at Studio Kura.

Danika van Kaathoven completed her Bachelor in Product Design at ArtEZ Institute of the Arts in Arnhem, the Netherlands.
She has a fascination for storytelling, poetry and the interplay between words and objects. In her work she dives into the world of everyday objects and observes and plays with their rules and interpretations to find new shapes and silhouettes that are hidden in our daily lives.

Here are some words from the artist herself.

The kimono – graceful and full of detail, incredibly poetic, ultimately Japanese.

Pursuit of Motion is a new series within an ongoing research of shapes and silhouettes. This time using the traditional Japanese kimono as a main source of inspiration, exploring the dynamics of its form but also analyzing the limits of its movement.

This is a pursuit of motion in the sense of diving into the past and present of the kimono, as well as playing with its silhouette in order to develop new wearables.

Danika van Kaathoven “Pursuit of Motion 動きへの追求”
Date: March 24(Saturday), 25(Sunday), 11:00 to 18:00, free entrance
* We will hold an exhibition opening party and an artist talk on 24th (Sat), starting at 15:30.
* The exhibitions by other current residence artists will be also held on the same dates.

Announcing Ella Webb’s Exhibition “The Mountains Move”

We are pleased to announce an exhibition The Mountains Move by Ella Webb on March 24 (Saturday) & 25 (Sun), as a result of her activity during her stay at Studio Kura.

Ella Webb is a London-based illustrator.
She completed her BA of Graphic Design at both HDK Högskolan för design och konsthantverk, Sweden 2015 + Camberwell College Of Arts, London 2016. Her work has been exhibited and featured in the UK.

Here are some words from the artist herself.

Ella’s layered line drawings examine sediments, rocks, volcanos and landscapes with an overarching focus on the natural world; reminiscent of geographical textbooks. Ella hopes to visit the surrounding areas to document the effects of geographical activity.

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Ella Webb “The Mountains Move”
Date: March 24(Saturday), 25(Sunday), 11:00 to 18:00, free entrance
* We will hold an exhibition opening party and an artist talk on 24th (Sat), starting at 15:30.
* The exhibitions by other current residence artists will be also held on the same dates.

Announcing Eleanor Anderson’s Exhibition “Jetsam”

We are pleased to announce an exhibition Jetsam by Eleanor Anderson on March 24 (Saturday) & 25 (Sun), as a result of her activity during her stay at Studio Kura.

Eleanor Anderson graduated from Colorado College in 2012 where she studied printmaking and fibers. She works across a broad range of media including ceramics, textiles, prints and collage. She has been a resident at the Textile Arts Centesr is Brooklyn, NY and the 9th Semester Fellow in Design at Colorado College, and most recently finished the CORE fellowship program at Penland School of Crafts. She has been featured in American Craft Magazine for her ceramics and textiles. When she is not in the studio, you might find her riding her bike. During her residency at Studio Kura, she plans to explore collage with found papers, becoming familiar with a more painterly mark.

Here are some words from the artist herself.

Jetsam: noun. unwanted material or goods that have been thrown overboard from a ship and washed ashore, especially material that has been discarded to lighten the vessel

My work at Studio Kura draws inspiration from the rich history of basketry and textiles in Japan and seeks to question which traditions and materials are preserved and which are exchanged for contemporary convenience. Almost all of the material for the exhibition were collected from found beach debris. I am both attracted to this colorful material and specific palette, and sobered by its implications for our environment. My work here was a meditation of themes of waste, handwork and legacy.

Eleanor Anderson “Jetsam”
Date: March 24(Saturday), 25(Sunday), 11:00 to 18:00, free entrance
* We will hold an exhibition opening party and an artist talk on 24th (Sat), starting at 15:30.
* The exhibitions by other current residence artists will be also held on the same dates.

Announcing Sarah Thibault’s Exhibition “Landscape Living Room”

We are pleased to announce an exhibition Landscape Living Room by Sarah Thibault on March 24 (Saturday) & 25 (Sun), as a result of her activity during her stay at Studio Kura.

Sarah Thibault is a visual artist based in Quebec City, Canada. Having a background in sculpture as well as in jewelry, she is now exploring the object in diverse mediums. Sarah has exhibited her work in solo and group exhibitions in different Canadian cities, among which Montreal, Toronto and Lévis. She also took part in several artist residencies in Canada.

Her artistic practice is driven by an appropriation of the visual culture of power and thereby is rooted in an empowerment process that questions our relationship to that power. Working from a feminist maxim that says that the personal is political, Sarah regularly uses references to the interior and the body adornment in unusual contexts to signify this blurring between the private and the public. Her work tends now to push further that ambiguity emanating from that confrontation of intimacy and ostentation.

Here are some words from the artist herself.

This project consists in a site-specific installation. Using rice straw and furniture pieces, I will invest the space with references of indoor and outdoor decors. By creating this ambiguous scene confronting intimacy and ostentation, I intend to work with the blurred line that separates domestic and natural environments.

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Sarah Thibault “Landscape Living Room”
Date: March 24(Saturday), 25(Sunday), 11:00 to 18:00, free entrance
* We will hold an exhibition opening party and an artist talk on 24th (Sat), starting at 15:30.
* The exhibitions by other current residence artists will be also held on the same dates.

Announcing Maria Pääkkönen’s Exhibition “Sea Dreams”

We are pleased to announce an exhibition Sea Dreams by Maria Pääkkönen on March 24 (Saturday) & 25 (Sun), as a result of her activity during her stay at Studio Kura.

Maria Pääkkönen is a visual artist based in Helsinki, Finland. She finished her Master of Fine Arts degree at the University of Arts Helsinki in 2016.
In 2016-2017 she was working in The Netherlands for 15 months as a participant of Jan van Eyck Academie’s residency program. The artist works with drawing, installation and durational drawing performance. She explores topics like impermanence, time, memory and nature through her main material, paper and it’s behavior and fragility. The memory-based drawings construct spaces and atmospheres that hover over the imaginary line between material and immaterial worlds.

Here are some words from the artist herself.

Walking on the beach
On the sand patterns made by the ocean waves
and sun dried seaweed
Passing by the mountain side
fog covering the mountain tops, rain coming
Back to the studio again

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Maria Pääkkönen “Sea Dreams”
Date: March 24(Saturday), 25(Sunday), 11:00 to 18:00, free entrance
* We will hold an exhibition opening party and an artist talk on 24th (Sat), starting at 15:30.
* The exhibitions by other current residence artists will be also held on the same dates.