Monthly Archives: August 2018

Announcing Herman Verhagen’s Exhibition “on nature on porcelain”

We are pleased to announce an exhibition on nature on porcelain by Herman Verhagen on August 25 (Sat) & 26 (Sun), as a result of her activity during her stay at Studio Kura.

After his graduation in 2003 from the Rietveld Academy in Amsterdam, the Netherlands, Herman Verhagen has been working under the name of J.C. HERMAN as a video artist. Then, after several years of making claymations and 3D-animations, he took the animation out of the clay and started his Pottery Studio in 2011, J.C. HERMAN Ceramics.

Herman Verhagen has a pretty minimalistic approach to both Fine Arts and Ceramics.
He is fascinated by (dis)appearance and (in)significance. In his video works he has been exploring the question of ‘how to disappear’, while in his pottery he found the perfect way to make things without a specific meaning.

Here are some words from the artist herself.

‘on nature on porcelain’ is a diorama, where a cobaltblue watercolour animation of flowers, carps and other nature, will be projected on a porcelain japanese landscape.

also, it contains reflections on truth and poetry!

Herman Verhagen
“on nature
 on porcelain”

Exhibition style: animation in cobalt blue on a porcelain landscape
Date: August 25 (Saturday) and 26 (Sunday) 11:00 to 18:00. Free entrance

* We will hold an exhibition opening party and an artist talk on 25th (Sat), starting at 17:00.
* The exhibitions by other current residence artists will be also held on the same dates.

Announcing Carol Swain’s Exhibition “Seeing Again, Making Again, Breathing Again”

We are pleased to announce an exhibition Seeing Again, Making Again, Breathing Again by Carol Swain on August 25 (Sat) & 26 (Sun), as a result of her activity during her stay at Studio Kura.

Carol Swain is a visual artist based in Castlemaine, a small country town in North West Victoria Australia. She completed her Master in Contemporary Art at Victoria College of the Art in Melbourne, Australia in 2012. In 2011 receiving the Langridge Oil Painting Award, Post Graduate Show Victorian College of the Art.

Carol’s practice explores the abstract forms in the natural environment which act as a vehicle to her connection to the subtle nuances of colour and how colour influences space and form. She
experiences the landscape through the lens of her imagination not from the stand point of horizon line and perspective.

Here are some words from the artist herself.

Place opens up varying ways of seeing; breathing in seeing , breathing out interpretation; breathing in making, breathing out marks, colours breathing in again.

Carol Swain “Seeing Again, Making Again, Breathing Again”
Exhibition style: Painting
Date: August 25 (Saturday) and 26 (Sunday) 11:00 to 18:00. Free entrance

* We will hold an exhibition opening party and an artist talk on 25th (Sat), starting at 17:00.
* The exhibitions by other current residence artists will be also held on the same dates.

Announcing Fiona Templeton’s Exhibition “a walk in Shiraito”

We are pleased to announce an exhibition a walk in Shiraito by Fiona Templeton on August 25 (Sat) & 26 (Sun), as a result of her activity during her stay at Studio Kura.

Fiona Templeton works in performance, installation and writing. Originally from Scotland, she is director of the New York performance group The Relationship. In 2017, the gallery Raven Row in London showed a retrospective of her early work with the Theatre of Mistakes.

Her materials are time, space, language, and the relationship with participants at various levels of creation and viewing. The performances are sometimes large-scale, such as the award-winning YOU-The City, “an intimate Manhattan-wide play for an audience of one,” or L’Ile, which recreated the dreams of the people of Lille, France, in the places dreamed of. She is also interested in smaller shifts in relationship and perception.

Here are some words from the artist herself.

A journey for the audience in a small space. Inspired by nearby Shiraito waterfall, using white thread (shiro ito), and also inspired by the Sazaedo, or Entsu Sansodo double helix temple in Aizu, Fukushima.

Fiona Templeton “a walk in Shiraito”
Exhibition space: Masue Tenmangu Shrine (between Studio 1 and 2)
Exhibition style: Installation/ performance
Date: August 25 (Saturday) and 26 (Sunday) 11:00 to 18:00. Free entrance

* We will hold an exhibition opening party and an artist talk on 25th (Sat), starting at 17:00.
* The exhibitions by other current residence artists will be also held on the same dates.

Announcing Chloe Ong’s Exhibition “A Little Slower, A Little Closer”

We are pleased to announce an exhibition A Little Slower, A Little Close by Chloe Ong on August 25 (Sat) & 26 (Sun), as a result of her activity during her stay at Studio Kura.

Chloe Ong’s works are inspired by the ideas of utopia and artificial landscapes. Her paintings examine the visual language that fall along the spectrum of East and West. They capture the spirit of landscapes saturated with life and rhythmic movement. The departure from representation leaves an unsettling familiarity to the worlds she creates and gives the viewers a fleeting encounter with the sublime.
Born in Singapore and based in London, Chloe is currently pursuing her Master degree at the Slade School of Fine Art, University College London.

Here are some words from the artist herself.

Having lived in some of the busiest cities, it has been a complete change and rewarding experience staying in the rural area. In this exhibition, I would be showing a new series of works and sketches that response to this new beautiful surrounding that is moving at a much slower and intimate pace.

Chloe Ong “A Little Slower, A Little Close”
Exhibition style: Painting
Date: August 25 (Saturday) and 26 (Sunday) 11:00 to 18:00. Free entrance

* We will hold an exhibition opening party and an artist talk on 25th (Sat), starting at 17:00.
* The exhibitions by other current residence artists will be also held on the same dates.

Announcing Lisa Fong’s Exhibition “Above Water, Below Ground”

We are pleased to announce an exhibition Above Water, Below Ground by Lisa Fong on August 25 (Sat) & 26 (Sun), as a result of her activity during her stay at Studio Kura.

Based in the Bay Area of California, Lisa Fong specializes in painting and drawing but she also works with craft materials, specifically in paper and fabric. She had received her Bachelors of Painting/ Drawing from California College of the Arts, San Francisco in 2018. She had also recently been recruited to showcase her work in San Francisco and other cities by the Rawartist Organization.
Her work revolves around the idea of living in between two cultures within America. As she paints portraits, landscapes, or metaphors to describe different facets of her identity, she also present the struggles of language barriers and cultural differences while living in America with a Cantonese family.

Here are some words from the artist herself.

Born in Berkeley, California but raised in a Cantonese family, Lisa Fong interweaves connections of living in between her duality. Within the exhibit, “Above Water, Below Ground”, she listens to the landscape of language barriers and illustrates this sound by symbolizing it through the rice fields located near Studio Kura. Referencing back to photographs of her mother’s rural village, the drawings and paintings focuses on deconstructing then reconstructing a sense of familiarity. Along the piece, there will also be embroidered characters emphasizing the language of the people based on what she heard and what she understood during her stay in Fukuoka, Japan.

Lisa Fong “Above Water, Below Ground”
Exhibition style: Painting, Drawing, Embroidery
Date: August 25(Saturday) and 26(Sunday) 11:00 to 18:00. Free entrance

* We will hold an exhibition opening party and an artist talk on 25th (Sat), starting at 17:00.
* The exhibitions by other current residence artists will be also held on the same dates.

Announcing Hiroka Yamashita’s Exhibition “the Swimmer / the Sleeper”

We are pleased to announce an exhibition the Swimmer / the Sleeper by Hiroka Yamashita on August 25 (Sat) & 26 (Sun), as a result of her activity during her stay at Studio Kura.

Born in1991, Hyogo, Japan, Hiroka Yamashita is a New York-based painter.
Yamashita has painted based on the observation of the life, folktales, and memories.
By addressing both traditional Japanese and Western painting methods, her work is picturing “ephemerality” and one’s perception of a mind with awe of nature or the fear of something we can’t see or predict. She graduated from School of Visual Arts, NY in 2016, and had a solo exhibition in Osaka, Japan in 2017. Currently in MFA program in Mason Gross School of the Arts, Rutgers, NJ.

Here are some words from the artist herself.

These works are based on the day that the artist went to Yokosuka to see works of a painter, Koji Nakazono, and her experiences in Itoshima later.

Hiroka Yamashita “the Swimmer / the Sleeper”
Exhibition style: Painting
Date: August 25(Saturday) 11:00 to 18:00, and 26(Sunday) 11:00 to 15:00. Free entrance

* We will hold an exhibition opening party and an artist talk on 25th (Sat), starting at 17:00.
* The exhibitions by other current residence artists will be also held on the same dates.