Monthly Archives: September 2018

Announcing Debbie Donnelly’s Exhibition “Moving Continents series #2”

We are pleased to announce an exhibition Moving Continents series #2 by Debbie Donnelly on September 22 (Sat) to 24 (Mon), as a result of her activity during her stay at Studio Kura.

Debbie Donnelly lives and works in New Zealand, received Masters in Education, Victoria University College of Education, Wellington.

Specialist in art textiles Donnelly is a practitioner and mentor since completing post graduate studies for Te Auaha Whitireia NZ Institute of Creativity, lecturing in Applied Arts. As a recipient of 2018 New Zealand Japan Exchange programme grant and Creative NZ and Asia New Zealand Foundation grants this has provided stimulus for experiencing cultural interplay. New works on interpretations of cultural identity are mixed with migration and situatedness.

As an inter-disciplinary artist Donnelly uses auto-ethnography; a self-narrative that critiques the situatedness of self with others in social and environmental contexts.
New work based on observations, art processes, exhibition and audience interaction create experiences for informing environmentally located materials and social arts issues.

Here are some words from the artist herself.

This continuing exploration of Yotsugi family history has led me to several locations in Takehara, Hiroshima and Kure before making work in Itoshima. This current experience has revealed the power of environment and family ties lost and renewed over a 25-75 year period. The curiousity of Japanese family connections and stories of immigration to New Zealand increases over time for new generations. As a mid career artist I look back and synthesize several explorations in Japan – using historical artefacts provided by family and friends of lost photos and letters, signage then and now and childhood memories form the basis for this textile work in progress.

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Debbie Donnelly “Moving Continents series #2”
Exhibition style: textile exploration
Date: September 22 (Saturday) to 24 (Monday/Public Holiday) 11:00 to 18:00. Free entrance

* We will hold an exhibition opening party and an artist talk on 22nd (Sat), starting at 17:00.
* The exhibitions by other current residence artists will be also held on the same dates.

Announcing Davin Saputra’s Exhibition “Figure in Filaments”

We are pleased to announce an exhibition Figure in Filaments by Davin Saputra on September 22 (Sat) to 24 (Mon), as a result of his activity during his stay at Studio Kura.

Davin Saputra is a 3d Artist from Indonesia, who will be working as a junior 3d character modeler in the games industry after his stay here. He had just graduated from 3dsense Media School, Singapore.
He is interested in creating character art which includes figure sculpting, portraiture, and anatomy studies. He is currently trying to improve his fundamentals on those subjects.

Here are some words from the artist himself.

In this exhibition i want to show some of my studies of figure sculpting as well as my results from my first time using a 3d printer.

I will also present some of my process in creating some of my sculpt from the sketch, final sculpt, slicing the mesh, and printing it. As 3d prints usually take a long time to print, i might not print every single sculpture that I did, however i will still show some of my figure studies in my exhibition.

Davin Saputra “Figure in Filaments”
Exhibition style: Digital Sculpting and 3d printing
Date: September 22 (Saturday) to 24 (Monday/Public Holiday) 11:00 to 18:00. Free entrance

* We will hold an exhibition opening party and an artist talk on 22nd (Sat), starting at 17:00.
* The exhibitions by other current residence artists will be also held on the same dates.

Announcing Rino Kodama’s Exhibition “Homecoming”

We are pleased to announce an exhibition Homecoming by Rino Kodama on September 22 (Sat) to 24 (Mon), as a result of her activity during her stay at Studio Kura.

Rino Kodama is a 20 year old artist who calls Santa Clara, California home. She is currently a third year UCLA student majoring in Fine Arts and minoring in Asian American Studies. Born in Singapore to Japanese parents, and raised in California, she has never lived in Japan and is excited to see what this one month residency will bring. Rino moves between drawing, photography, wearable art, and performance to tell stories of navigating transnational families and Japanese diaspora. Her work has been shown in Los Angeles and Seattle.

Here are some words from the artist herself.

Homecoming is an American tradition of reconvening with family and friends during the fall to celebrate the new school year. In this exhibition, I am using the term homecoming in the literal sense of coming home. Born in Singapore to Japanese parents and raised in California for the majority of my life, “home” is rooted in many people, places, and things for me. This exhibition will expand upon my diasporic heart, how I navigate transnational family and love through comfort food and hand me downs.

Rino Kodama “Homecoming”
Exhibition style: installation/wearable art/drawings
Date: September 22 (Saturday) to 24 (Monday/Public Holiday) 11:00 to 18:00. Free entrance

* We will hold an exhibition opening party and an artist talk on 22nd (Sat), starting at 17:00.
* The exhibitions by other current residence artists will be also held on the same dates.

Announcing Lesly Holliday’s Exhibition “SKIES, KITES & CRABS”

We are pleased to announce an exhibition SKIES, KITES & CRABS by Lesly Holliday on September 22 (Sat) to 24 (Mon), as a result of her activity during her stay at Studio Kura.

After five years in British Art Schools, Lesly Holliday taught Art & Art History to Advanced Level in Schools and in Adult Education. She continues to produce her own work, with public and private commissions. Her work has been shown in galleries in Manhattan, France and England. Lesly recently won the Wilkin-Chapman and the Maggie Dean awards for paintings exhibited in Lincoln.

Here are some words from the artist herself.

When I arrived at the studio, the weather was extremely hot and humid, but changes all the time from torrential rain to high wind. Walking around I saw a little boy trying to fly a small kite. This intrigued me, as I am currently working on a series of paintings of children engaged in outdoor activities.
The materials I brought with me are limited & I started to make monoprints of the turbulent skies. Meanwhile, I have been visited in the studio by several crabs & took the opportunity to make some sketches.
In some way, I want to combine skies, crabs and kite-making via paint and printmaking.
When I return home,I hope to develop these themes in further work.

Lesly Holliday “SKIES, KITES & CRABS”
Exhibition style: print and paint
Date: September 22 (Saturday) to 24 (Monday/Public Holiday) 11:00 to 18:00. Free entrance

* We will hold an exhibition opening party and an artist talk on 22nd (Sat), starting at 17:00.
* The exhibitions by other current residence artists will be also held on the same dates.

Announcing Caitlin Bowe’s Exhibition “keep me far from harm and fault”

We are pleased to announce an exhibition keep me far from harm and fault by Caitlin Bowe on September 22 (Sat) to 24 (Mon), as a result of her activity during her stay at Studio Kura.

Caitlin Bowe is an emerging artist based in Adelaide, South Australia, working predominantly in the field of sculpture. In 2017 she graduated with First Class Honours from Adelaide Central School of Art. Since graduating, Bowe has shown work in the ‘Threads of Thought’ exhibition at Signal Point Gallery as well as ‘The Doll Redefined’ exhibition at Gallery 1855. She has also been a finalist in ‘The Emma Hack Art Prize’ and ‘Youthscape 2018 Exhibition’.

Bowe’s work looks to translate personal trauma through mythological stories and Victorian Mourning aesthetics. Through the use of casting and textile techniques, bodily fears are magnified and exaggerated, as mythological symbols are subtly used to create layers of personal and cultural meanings. By searching for themes in these stories which connect with her trauma, Bowe blends and weaves these themes together to situate herself amongst a larger cultural narrative.

Here are some words from the artist herself.

While in Japan I have been looking at beliefs and symbols of protection. Ideas that imagery, objects, and ritual can keep us safe from forces that are often out of our control.
Through sculptural forms I have mixed Japanese imagery with symbols from my own Celtic heritage which explore beliefs surrounding the idea of protection.

Caitlin Bowe “keep me far from harm and fault”
Exhibition style: Sculpture
Date: September 22 (Saturday) to 24 (Monday/Public Holiday) 11:00 to 18:00. Free entrance

* We will hold an exhibition opening party and an artist talk on 22nd (Sat), starting at 17:00.
* The exhibitions by other current residence artists will be also held on the same dates.

Announcing Eleonora Allan’s Exhibition “Entre Deux”

We are pleased to announce an exhibition Entre Deux by Eleonora Allan on September 22 (Sat) to 24 (Mon), as a result of her activity during her stay at Studio Kura.

Eleonora Allan is a multidisciplinary artist working primarily with drawing, video and performance art. She has received her Bachelors in Studio Arts from Concordia University, Montreal in 2018.

My work revolves around the creation of universes in which characters, controlled by dissociative feelings, search quietly to understand their relationship with the external world. Thus being a quest in itself rather then an answer. The subjects vary from introspective and intimate feelings to more philosophical questions such as how to define culture and how it molds the individual in a personal level.

Here are some words from the artist herself.

This absence she could feel it like a whisper; like a delicate call towards a destiny which, though certain, held hands with memories which stumbled from mist to mist.

Eleonora Allan “Entre Deux”
Exhibition style: Video installation
Date: September 22 (Saturday) to 24 (Monday/Public Holiday) 11:00 to 18:00. Free entrance

* We will hold an exhibition opening party and an artist talk on 22nd (Sat), starting at 17:00.
* The exhibitions by other current residence artists will be also held on the same dates.