Monthly Archives: August 2019

Announcing Micha Tauber and Cyrille Faivre’s exhibition “Kokoro”

We are pleased to announce an exhibition Kokoro by Micha Tauber and Cyrille Faivre on August 24(Sat.) & 25(Sun.), as a result of their collaborative activities during thier stay at Studio Kura.

Micha Tauber and Cyrille Faivre are an artist couple living and working in Paris.
Micha Tauber is celebrating her 30 years of painting, 30 years of colors during which she constantly has shared her emotions, her multicolor dreams, her unchanging thirst for creation and curiosity.
Cyrille Faivre is a psychologist and art therapist. In his art practice he is observing surroundings, urban forms and textures from nature. He likes to experience monotype technic, pixel art, collecting traces and footprints, and put
them into paintings.

Japan : inspired by the surroundings and exchanges, with a sense of wonder and part of dreaming,
their curious view of everything. All that has been absorbed.
Painting the unseen.
A rendez-vous with love, life, stories, shapes and colors.
First teamwork of the artist Micha Tauber and her partner in life Cyrille Faivre. productive, ensemble,
a way of being together,
together in electric dreams.

Micha Tauber and Cyrille Faivre “Kokoro”
Exhibition style: mixed-media on canvas, 210 x 180 cm
Date: August 24 (Saturday) to 25 (Sunday), 11:00 to 18:00.
* We will hold an artist talk on 24th (Sat.), starting at 16:00.
* The exhibitions by other six current residence artists will be held at the same exhibition periods.

Announcing Donglai Meng’s exhibition “Hairy Legs Shrine/毛腿神社”

We are pleased to announce an exhibition Hairy Legs Shrine/毛腿神社 by Donglai Meng on August 24(Sat.) & 25(Sun.), as a result of her activity during her stay at Studio Kura.

Donglai Meng is a multi-media artist, currently living and working in the Netherlands. She had her Bachelor of Painting at the Academy of fine arts of Rome (IT), and a master of Fine arts at Master Institute of Visual Cultures AKV St.Joost (NL)

Theism as the original human society’s imagination and exploration of the unknown originated from the inner construction of the spiritual sustenance. With the development of history, it was gradually replaced by the science-oriented contemporary social ideology and lost its mainstream position. But the myths and legends associated with it have become our earliest understanding of mysterious and enlightenment of aesthetics.

My inspiration comes from shrines, temples and related myths and legends near the place of residence. I borrowed their forms to create my own mythological system, through the ‘hairy legs god’, a ridiculous figure, to reflect on this rational, efficient and realistic contemporary society — it is meaningless, it is of no value, it is the gradually lost imagination of contemporary society.

Donglai Meng “Hairy Legs Shrine/毛腿神社”
Exhibition style: installation
Date: August 24 (Saturday) to 25 (Sunday), 11:00 to 18:00.
* We will hold an artist talk on 24th (Sat.), starting at 16:00.
* The exhibitions by other six current residence artists will be held at the same exhibition periods.

Announcing Ava Grauls’s exhibition “[IM]PRINT 刻印”

We are pleased to announce an exhibition [IM]PRINT 刻印 by Ava Grauls on August 24(Sat.) & 25(Sun.), as a result of her activity during her stay at Studio Kura.

Ava Grauls specialises in installations with the aid of filmmaking, printing, ceramics and painting. She graduated from Westminster University in 2006 in Contemporary Media Practices in London and she is currently completing her second degree in Fine Art at Duncan Jordonian School of Art and Design, Scotland. Her work considers objects and places people leave behind and the change in what a society consider valuable. Her current exploration is on repurposing objects, spaces and intervening in environments, both the socio-political and physical environment.

[Im]print considers how images are transferred from one surface to another. Imprinting is also a carving of the mind and memories. The artist has embarked on a number of different ways to use print as a means of creating images, experiences and memories.

Ava Grauls “[IM]PRINT 刻印”
Exhibition style: Print – Projection – Installation
Date: August 24 (Saturday) to 25 (Sunday), 11:00 to 18:00.
* We will hold an artist talk on 24th (Sat.), starting at 16:00.
* The exhibitions by other six current residence artists will be held at the same exhibition periods.

Announcing Mirabell Nicklas’s exhibition “Dreams during the Moonlight”

We are pleased to announce an exhibition Dreams during the Moonlight by Mirabell Nicklas on August 24(Sat.) & 25(Sun.), as a result of her activity during her stay at Studio Kura.

Mirabell Nicklas usually concentrates on the hardships and struggles of life. She has lived all over the world and seen terrible things and the daily fight for existence. This made her explore psychological disorders, mental illness, and emotional instability. Nicklas wants her audience to know that they are not alone and establish a window for insight into these experiences.

During my stay at Studio Kura I focused on dreams that people have during the night. Dreams are a gateway into peoples mind that we can only try to analyze but will never truly understand. It is a mystery as well as a fantasy allowing me to explore the darkest fears, most desired wishes or happy memories that we want to relive but will never be able to do so as the procedure of going back in time has not been invented yet.

Mirabell Nicklas “Dreams during the Moonlight”
Exhibition style: Cutout and Watercolor
Date: August 24 (Saturday) to 25 (Sunday), 11:00 to 18:00.
* We will hold an artist talk on 24th (Sat.), starting at 16:00.
* The exhibitions by other six current residence artists will be held at the same exhibition periods.

Announcing Thomas Coffey’s exhibition “Familiar Ache”

We are pleased to announce an exhibition Familiar Ache by Thomas Coffey on August 24(Sat.) & 25(Sun.), as a result of his activity during his stay at Studio Kura.

Thomas Coffey is a painter based in Arkansas, USA. He earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Painting from Harding University and is currently a Master of Fine Arts candidate in Painting at the University of Arkansas. His work centers on the interactions between psychology, perception, and environment. In creating highly textural abstract paintings of his backyard in the Ozarks, he examines states of rest and growth and his relationship to his surroundings.

This exhibition is a collection of small abstract paintings made up of colors, shapes, and textures found on walks around Itoshima. Painting and spending time in nature help me to process feelings of loneliness and isolation, and re-engage with the present moment. “Familiar Ache” refers not only to loneliness, but also to the discomfort that comes with healing.

Thomas Coffey “Familiar Ache”
Exhibition style: Painting
Date: August 24 (Saturday) to 25 (Sunday), 11:00 to 18:00.
* We will hold an artist talk on 24th (Sat.), starting at 16:00.
* The exhibitions by other six current residence artists will be held at the same exhibition periods.

Announcing Kai Richards’s exhibition “Summer. Yep, it’s hot. 夏。やっぱり暑いねー。”

We are pleased to announce an exhibition Summer. Yep, it’s hot. 夏。やっぱり暑いねー。 by Kai Richards on August 24(Sat.) & 25(Sun.), as a result of his activity during his stay at Studio Kura.

Kai Richards is specializes in drawing based in Strongsville, United States. He has received his Bachelor of Fine Arts in Drawing at the Cleveland Institute of Art in 2019. His work has been displayed in several shows in Cleveland. His work explores the ordinary life of people by burning animals doing human actions on wood. He works hand in hand with his material, getting inspiration for the characters from the wood itself using the knots, patterns, and grain. He believes in the importance of the simple things we do everyday and looks to highlight them with his animal characters.

This exhibition, “Summer. Yep, it’s hot. 夏。やっぱり暑いねー。” looks to portray the hotness of Japanese summer as well as common activities associated with summer vacation. The actions displayed in the artworks are of my own experiences mixed with summer actions in general. Each piece uses some part of the wood, either the grain or the knots, as an important part of the image. The material and the wood burning work together to create fun and lively anthropomorphic animals.

Kai Richards “Summer. Yep, it’s hot. 夏。やっぱり暑いねー。”
Exhibition style: Wood Burning
Date: August 24 (Saturday) to 25 (Sunday), 11:00 to 18:00.
* We will hold an artist talk on 24th (Sat.), starting at 16:00.
* The exhibitions by other six current residence artists will be held at the same exhibition periods.