Author Archives: Katsura Ishikawa

Announcing Harry Copas’s exhibition “In hOmiyage To”

We are pleased to announce an exhibition “In hOmiyage To” by Harry Copas on January 25(Sat.) & 26(Sun.), as a result of his activity during his stay at Studio Kura.

Harry Copas is studying a BFA (Honours) at UNSW Art and Design and holds a Bachelor of Teaching from ACU. His work has been exhibited widely across Sydney and interstate in places such as Melbourne and Alice Springs. History – both personal and collective – form the basis of much of his work, and he uses humour and absurdity to investigate the overlooked or ignored through eclectic means.

Unwanted gifts, cross cultural perspectives and unlikely fusions – In hOmiyage To is a collection of objects, sounds, pictures and videos that explore the souvenir beyond the kitsch and mere tokenism. Various sites in the vicinity of Studio Kura have been activated by pieces that highlight unknown or forgotten aspects of Australia and Japan’s long relationship, as well as responses to the artists own experiences in Itoshima. The project dissociates itself of the traditional gallery space for a more holistic view of the residency program.

Harry Copas “In hOmiyage To”
Exhibition style: Installation, Textile and Photography
Date: January 25(Saturday) & 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 Antonio Donaire’s exhibition “目が覚めているときだけ太陽が昇る”

We are pleased to announce an exhibition “目が覚めているときだけ太陽が昇る(Only sun rises if you are awake)” by Antonio Donaire on January 25(Sat.) & 26(Sun.), as a result of his activity during his stay at Studio Kura.

Antonio Donaire, graduated in Law&HHRR, Documentary Film Postgrade, before he worked in a multinational. In 2014, he began his career as a self-taught multidisciplinary artist.

Writing and adapting the script 目が覚めているときだけ太陽が昇る(Only sun rises if you are awake) for the feature film that I will direct. Shooting it´ll takes place in Tokyo. Likewise taking pictures to make the movie´s storyboard example. I was going around to learn more about japanese culture so I would be able to immerse in the country way of life and try to “feel it”.

Antonio Donaire “目が覚めているときだけ太陽が昇る”
Exhibition style: Scriptwriting+ Storyboard Example
Date: January 25(Saturday) & 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 Yuchen Xin’s exhibition “Our bodies give up the ghosts”

We are pleased to announce an exhibition “Our bodies give up the ghosts” by Yuchen Xin on January 25(Sat.) & 26(Sun.), as a result of her activity during her stay at Studio Kura.

Yuchen Xin was born in Shanghai and now she works and lives in Melbourne. She completed her BFA (2019) in expanded studio practice (painting, drawing, video) at RMIT University in Melbourne. Her artistic practice explores the ideas relating to self-awareness, human conditions, and unconscious self-expression through various mediums including mixed media hand-formed objects, painting, video, ceramics, and digital work.

“I can feel the nerve
of this tooth
pulsing under
the gum.
Something is not right.
We grow old.
Our teeth give up
the ghost. Pain
floods our bodies
at every quarter;
some of it you can
pull out with pliers.
The rest of it’s
in too deep.”
— Glenn W. Cooper’s “Too Deep” (2007) from Some Natural Things.

Yuchen Xin “Our bodies give up the ghosts”
Exhibition style: mixed media hand-formed objects, painting, video
Date: January 25(Saturday) & 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 Kalina Winska’s exhibition

We are pleased to announce an exhibition by Kalina Winska on December 21(Sat.) – 22(Sun.) at Studio Kura.

Kalina Winska, based in South Georgia, USA, works mostly in mixed media drawing. She completed her MFA in Studio Art degrees in Poland, from The Eugeniusz Geppert Academy of Art and Design in Wroclaw, and in US, from University of Florida in Gainesville, FL. She has exhibited in several art venues across the US, in Poland, Germany, and Canada.

My artworks are my playful musings on the insufficiency of data obtained from the satellite and weather rather imagery. The works are all hand painted and drawn. The characteristic shapes of clouds are created through labor intensive mark making that involves chemical formulas for greenhouse gases repeated over and over. My works then become metaphoric reflections on our desire to minimize the effects of weather and, on a larger scale, of global warming through human prediction, and the futility of human intervention.

Kalina Winska’s exhibition (introducing her collection of works)
Exhibition style: mixed media drawing
Date: December 21 (Saturday) & 22 (Sunday), 11:00 to 18:00.
* We will hold an artist talk on 22nd (Sun.), starting at 15:00.
* The exhibitions by other current residence artists will be held at the same exhibition periods.

Announcing Colleen Kwok’s exhibition “夜はかならず明ける”

We are pleased to announce an exhibition 夜はかならず明ける by Colleen Kwok on December 21(Sat.) – 22(Sun.), as a result of her activity during her stay at Studio Kura.

Colleen Kwok is a filmmaker/photographer grew up between mainland China and Hong Kong. Colleen’s Chinese name is TungShuen, meaning the melody of childhood. She received her BFA in film & video from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee where she concentrated on experimental filmmaking, and her MFA in writing/directing from New York University-Tisch. Since graduated, she has filmed contents in 13 different countries and now calls New York City a home.

You all have been enroute alone, hasten to somewhere unknown.
Always been told to keep going and, don’t turn back.
You can’t see what’s behind you, especially the dapples on your hair.
You are enroute alone, and the dawn will always break.

夜はかならず明ける is a framed ode circling around the trees in Itoshima

Colleen Kwok “夜はかならず明ける”
Exhibition style: analogue photography installation
Date: December 21 (Saturday) & 22 (Sunday), 11:00 to 18:00.
* We will hold an artist talk on 22nd (Sun.), starting at 15:00.
* The exhibitions by other current residence artists will be held at the same exhibition periods.

Announcing Kostas Papakostas & Stephanie Pochet’s exhibition “Yūgen (幽玄)”

We are pleased to announce an exhibition Yūgen (幽玄) by Kostas Papakostas & Stephanie Pochet on December 21(Sat.) – 22(Sun.), as a result of his activity during his stay at Studio Kura.

Kostas Papakostas was born in Athens, Greece in 1976.
Since graduating with a First-Class Honours Degree in Art in 2000, he has been working on video, live art, interactive new media installations, paintings and sculptures.

Stephanie Pochet is a French Indonesian documentary filmmaker born in Honolulu in 1981.
She moved to London in 2001 to study Media, Communications and Sociology at Goldsmiths University. Her time at Goldsmiths played an important role in shaping her critical thinking skills and continues to inform her practice to this day.

A poetic observational series of images and sounds exploring the essence of the Japanese word ‘Yūgen’.

Meditative fragments that expose the profound and mysterious sense of “the beauty of the universe and the sad beauty of human suffering”.

During their creative process, the artists aim to use their intuition as their only guide and leave their expectations and preconceptions behind while they immerse themselves in the unknown local setting.

Kostas Papakostas & Stephanie Pochet “Yūgen (幽玄)”
Exhibition style: Video – Video Projection – Video Installation
Date: December 21 (Saturday) & 22 (Sunday), 11:00 to 18:00.
* We will hold an artist talk on 22nd (Sun.), starting at 15:00.
* The exhibitions by other current residence artists will be held at the same exhibition periods.

Announcing Daniel Christian Saliem’s exhibition “COLD”

We are pleased to announce an exhibition COLD by Daniel Christian Saliem on December 21(Sat.) – 22(Sun.), as a result of his activity during his stay at Studio Kura.

Daniel Christian Saliemis an aspiring concept artist wanting to work in the movie/game industry in the future. Recently graduated from 3DSense Media School, Singapore specializing in Concept Art & Illustration.

During my stay at Studio Kura, I am inspired to capture the environments, and surroundings of this place through painting. Instead of using oil this time around, I am doing a digital painting based on some photos that I took while I was here.

Daniel Christian Saliem “COLD”
Exhibition style: Digital Plein Air
Date: December 21 (Saturday) & 22 (Sunday), 11:00 to 18:00.
* We will hold an artist talk on 22nd (Sun.), starting at 15:00.
* The exhibitions by other current residence artists will be held at the same exhibition periods.

Announcing Ingchanok Sinudom’s exhibition “The Language of Pattern in Nature No.2”

We are pleased to announce an exhibition The Language of Pattern in Nature No.2 by Ingchanok Sinudom on December 21(Sat.) – 22(Sun.), as a result of her activity during her stay at Studio Kura.

Ingchanok Sinudom is a ceramics artist based in Bangkok Thailand. She graduated both BA and MA in Ceramics design filed. Most of her work is inspired from her vision of nature such as trees, leaves, landscapes and also her surroundings. The artist loves to closely observe a detail of things to generate the relationship between a surface, a space and a rhythm. She conveys her sentiment by making a pattern with shaping and colouring.

As a ceramic maker, I am keen to develop my work from the series of “The Language of Pattern in Nature” to another path aside from ceramics. I’ve been doing an experiment with a potential of multiple objects by combination between painting and embroidery.

Ingchanok Sinudom “The Language of Pattern in Nature No.2”
Exhibition style: Painting and embroidery
Date: December 21 (Saturday) & 22 (Sunday), 11:00 to 18:00.
* We will hold an artist talk on 22nd (Sun.), starting at 15:00.
* The exhibitions by other current residence artists will be held at the same exhibition periods.

Announcing Chris Fitzpatrick’s exhibition “Nature’s Wealth”

We are pleased to announce an exhibition Nature’s Wealth by Chris Fitzpatrick on December 21(Sat.) – 22(Sun.), as a result of her activity during her stay at Studio Kura.

Chris Fitzpatrick completed her Fine Arts degree in Printmaking in 2008 at the Victoria College of the Arts in Melbourne, Australia. Since 2010 she has been crisscrossing the world seeking adventures and meeting people of other cultures to explore their differences and study their art and cultures.

Chris experiments with nature’s gifts to create beautiful and interesting objects.
At Studio Kura she has worked with kelp from Sapporo to create nests and jewellery.
Sometimes her objects turn into creatures which she turns into 2d works.

Chris Fitzpatrick “Nature’s Wealth”
Exhibition style: Creative Making
Date: December 21 (Saturday) & 22 (Sunday), 11:00 to 18:00.
* We will hold an artist talk on 22nd (Sun.), starting at 15:00.
* The exhibitions by other current residence artists will be held at the same exhibition periods.

Announcing Jia Sheng’s exhibition “Joie de Vivre”

We are pleased to announce an exhibition Joie de Vivre by Jia Sheng on December 21(Sat.) – 22(Sun.), as a result of his activity during his stay at Studio Kura.

Jia Sheng is a digital illustrator from Singapore that recently graduated from 3dsense Media School in November 2019, specialising in Concept Design and Illustration.
It is only in recent years that he began his artistic journey, studying in a completely different field of Chemical Engineering before this.

Not often do we get to have let alone, enjoy a moment of respite in our hectic lives.
It is in these moments that we stop and appreciate everything that has transpired.
These pieces illustrate the artist’s emotions and experiences acquired throughout his time in Fukuoka.

Jia Sheng “Joie de Vivre”
Exhibition style: Digital
Date: December 21 (Saturday) & 22 (Sunday), 11:00 to 18:00.
* We will hold an artist talk on 22nd (Sun.), starting at 15:00.
* The exhibitions by other current residence artists will be held at the same exhibition periods.