Monthly Archives: May 2019

Announcing Kim Karlsrud’s Exhibition “100% Natural 100% Artificial”

We are pleased to announce an exhibition 100% Natural 100% Artificial by Kim Karlsrud on May 25(Sat.) & 26(Sun.), as a result of her activity during her stay at Studio Kura.

Kim Karlsrud’s public installations and (sometimes unsanctioned) interventions examine the broad meanings and complexities of urban ecology at many scales. She is the co-founder of Commonstudio, a collaborative creative practice with international projects and research exploring the disciplinary grey areas between landscape, urbanism, and public practice.

Here are some words from the artist herself.

Urban landscapes can be viewed from many scales and perspectives in an attempt to understand the conditions of the contemporary metropolis as a complex ecosystem. In the context of our “post-wild” world, reconciling “nature” and “city” into a more seamless space of understanding becomes an increasingly urgent challenge.

The work done at Studio Kura are a series of material experiments that blur the line between what is natural and artificial, and play with both aesthetics and the modification of nature, encouraging viewers to reconsider what is nature.

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Kim Karlsrud “100% Natural 100% Artificial”
Exhibition style: Material Experiments/Installation
Date: May 25 (Saturday) and 26 (Sunday), 11:00 to 18:00.
* We will hold an artist talk on 25th (Sat.), starting at 15:00.
* The exhibitions by other current residence artists will be held at the same exhibition periods.

Announcing Arne Kohlweyer’s Film Screening “Drübenland – The Land Over There”

We are pleased to announce a film screening Drübenland – The Land Over There by Arne Kohlweyer on May 25(Sat.) & 26(Sun.).

Arne Kohlweyer is a filmmaker, writer and photographer originally from Berlin.
He finished his post-graduate studies in film directing at FAMU in Prague. Prior to that he studied photography in Graz, Austria, literature in Frankfurt/Oder, Germany and film theory at the University of Gothenburg in Sweden. Arne has made various short films, directed for German television and got 2017 nominated for the prestigious Grimme-Award (equivalent to the German Emmys). He was a Berlinale Talent, a participant of the Locarno Summer Academy and the Torino Film Lab.

Here are some words from the artist himself.

It is an ordinary day in autumn 1989 at a new concrete tower block estate in the northeast of Berlin. Seven-year-old Marko is collecting money for his class trip with his best friend Ecki. His older siblings are fighting over the family’s only sex education book and the grandfather has all hands full to keep his grandchildren under control. And even though Marko’s parents are on holiday, he still has to go to bed much too early. But the very next morning something seems different. A sort of wall has fallen over. What’s the big deal? Can’t it just get rebuilt? And this is the only reason why gym class is cancelled? But things get worse: Marko’s teacher has run off to a country called “over there” with the class fund, his older sister is severely depressed, the middle brother couldn’t be happier about the new western magazines – and all because of “over there”. What is it, this so called “over there”? As his parents aren’t actually around, Marko has to find out by himself.

Arne Kohlweyer “Drübenland – The Land Over There: 向こう側の地”
Exhibition style: Short Film
Date: May 25 (Saturday) and 26 (Sunday), 11:00 to 18:00.
* We will hold an artist talk on 25th (Sat.), starting at 15:00.
* The exhibitions by other current residence artists will be held at the same exhibition periods.

Announcing Meredith Bardo’s Exhibition “A fragile chain to link us together”

We are pleased to announce an exhibition A fragile chain to link us together by Meredith Bardo on May 25(Sat.) & 26(Sun.), as a result of her activity during her stay at Studio Kura.

Meredith Bardo is a Multi-Media artist and Graphic Designer living in Chicago. She has a BFA in Illustration, from Pacific Northwest College of Art. She currently works as the Brand Manager at a non-profit. Her work is filled with colorful shapes, patterns and cute, puffy characters. She is interested in themes of identity through outer-representation, often using symbols, objects and clothing as an extension of ones personality. Her work varies in mediums, from digital to installation, but always encompasses the same overarching style and themes she’s drawn to.

Here are some words from the artist herself.

Accessories made from universal symbols, to connect worlds both personal and shared. Think of familiarity and comfort. Please take this small token and meet my friends.

Meredith Bardo “A fragile chain to link us together”
Exhibition style: Installation
Date: May 25 (Saturday) and 26 (Sunday), 11:00 to 18:00.
* We will hold an artist talk on 25th (Sat.), starting at 15:00.
* The exhibitions by other current residence artists will be held at the same exhibition periods.

Announcing Katie Lennard’s Exhibition “Feedback”

We are pleased to announce an exhibition Feedback by Katie Lennard on May 25(Sat.) & 26(Sun.), as a result of her activity during her stay at Studio Kura.

Katie Lennard graduated from City and Guilds of London Art School in 2016 and has since exhibited her work internationally and in the UK.
Lennard commits to materiality in a temporary manner. Inspired by the Japanese concept of ‘Kitsune’, she will hunt for objects, their mythologies and theatrical potentials during her experience at Studio Kura. Using analogue and digital cameras as well as some hand-painted elements, she would like to document the local landscape, integrating self-timer performances, props and costumes she will construct in Japan.

Here are some words from the artist herself.

On collecting drift objects from beaches and retail spaces, I have replaced materials, thoughts and feelings from the studio at home with things I’ve picked up near Studio Kura. Returning to the chaos of nature and the narrative process of recording an environment, has reminded me of the cosmic dynamism of human expression.

Katie Lennard “Feedback”
Exhibition style: Multidisciplinary with a specific focus on assemblage, photography, painting and performance making
Date: May 25 (Saturday) and 26 (Sunday), 11:00 to 18:00.
* We will hold an artist talk on 25th (Sat.), starting at 15:00.
* The exhibitions by other current residence artists will be held at the same exhibition periods.

Announcing Trek Matthews’s Exhibition “Transfer Point: Kyūshū Local Lines”

We are pleased to announce an exhibition Transfer Point: Kyūshū Local Lines by Trek Matthews on May 25(Sat.) & 26(Sun.), as a result of his activity during his stay at Studio Kura.

Trek Matthews is a painter, illustrator and print designer based in Chicago. He concentrated in printmaking for his BFA at Georgia State University in Atlanta, and graduated in 2014. Since completing his studies, he has produced murals for public & corporate clients, and has since shown work at the High Museum of Art in Atlanta, and abroad in Moscow with the Artmossphere Biennale. Trek explores spaces of transit infrastructure as physical hubs of memories, and their deeply instrumental and ubiquitous role in connecting society.

Here are some words from the artist himself.

Continuing on creating a personal catalogue of railway transit via personal travels, Trek Matthews is working to make compositions based on forms found on local lines in the Kyūshū region, to act as mementos and homages to their ubiquitous nature in supporting peoples’ lives.

Trek Matthews “Transfer Point: Kyūshū Local Lines トランスファーポイント:九州の閑散線区”
Exhibition style: Painting
Date: May 25 (Saturday) and 26 (Sunday), 11:00 to 18:00.
* We will hold an artist talk on 25th (Sat.), starting at 15:00.
* The exhibitions by other current residence artists will be held at the same exhibition periods.

Announcing Huiqi He’s Exhibition “Playtime /玩乐时间”

We are pleased to announce an exhibition Playtime /玩乐时间 by Huiqi He on May 25(Sat.) & 26(Sun.), as a result of her activity during her stay at Studio Kura.

Huiqi He’s work employs images, performances, installations, texts, and various mediums to explore the operation of disciplinary power in everyday life. She often engages metaphors and allegorical narratives to convey tensions and conflicts between individuals and societies in terms of formation and dissolution of subjectivity.
Huiqi He studied Traditional Chinese Painting (BFA) at Guangzhou Academy of Arts and Art Practice (MFA) at School of Visual Arts. Huiqi He now works and lives in New York Her work has been shown in Power Station Of Art, Jiangsu Center for the Performing Arts, Snap art center, etc.

Here are some words from the artist herself.

Playtime is Huiqi’s new video work. The video tells the story of a fabricated protagonist who, with standardized training and upbringing, becomes a symbol of the ideal, but then chooses to wander around the city, which is its playtime.
Playtime is one chapter of Huiqi’s long-term project “Ninth”.

Huiqi He “Playtime /玩乐时间”
Exhibition style: Photo,Shooting script
Date: May 25 (Saturday) and 26 (Sunday), 11:00 to 18:00.
* We will hold an artist talk on 25th (Sat.), starting at 15:00.
* The exhibitions by other current residence artists will be held at the same exhibition periods.