Author Archives: Katsura Ishikawa

Announcing Virginie Eudeline’s exhibition “Mei-chan in Fukuoka-land”

We are pleased to announce an exhibition Mei-chan in Fukuoka-land by Virginie Eudeline on November 23(Sat.) – 24(Sun.), as a result of her activity during her stay at Studio Kura.

Virginie Eudeline is a french artist living in Singapore. She graduated from 3D Sense Media School, Singapore, specializing in Concept Design and Illustration, in March 2019. After that, she was selected with other students to make a 3D animated short film (coming end of 2019), where she worked as a story artist and concept artist, and also explored the art of animation.
Her art interest is motivated by story telling, especially for children, whether making concept art or drawing illustration, or even better, storyboarding.

I would like to share my experience in studio Kura and Fukuoka in general through some illustrations. As I like to tell stories in my drawings, I created this little girl called Mei who is having fun in ‘Fukuoka-land’, hence the imaginative world where she belongs to.

Virginie Eudeline “Mei-chan in Fukuoka-land”
Exhibition style: Illustration and drawing
Date: November 23 (Saturday) & 24 (Sunday), 11:00 to 18:00.
* We will hold an artist talk on 23rd (Sat.), starting at 15:00.
* The exhibitions by other current residence artists will be held at the same exhibition periods.

Announcing JP Neang’s exhibition “Sleep | ねむる”

We are pleased to announce an exhibition Sleep | ねむる by JP Neang on October 26(Sat.) – 27(Sun.), as a result of her activity during her stay at Studio Kura.

JP Neang is an Artist and Creative Educator from San Francisco, CA and has been a returning resident artist at Studio Kura since 2017. She completed her Bachelors of Arts in Painting and Drawing at California State University of Sacramento. Her work has been shown in contemporary and urban galleries from New York, San Francisco, Los Angeles, France, Peru, and Japan.

Inspired by American children stories and Japanese folk lore, this playful exhibition is a study of a child storyteller. I look into my curious experiences. Illuminating the wonder of what may have lurked in the dark.

JP Neang “Sleep | ねむる”
Exhibition style: Graphite
Date: October 26 (Saturday) to 27 (Sunday), 11:00 to 18:00.
* We will hold an artist talk on 26th (Sat.), starting at 15:00.
* The exhibitions by other nine current residence artists will be held at the same exhibition periods.

Announcing Tais Koshino’s exhibition “クラゲ: água viva”

We are pleased to announce an exhibition クラゲ: água viva by Tais Koshino on October 26(Sat.) – 27(Sun.), as a result of her activity during her stay at Studio Kura.

Taís Koshino is a visual artist who works with drawings and its narratives in it several mediums: comics, animation, tattoo and illustration. She graduated from the University of Brasilia in Social Communication with specialization in Audiovisual. Her work has been published in more than 15 books, including Brazilian and international comics anthology.

Every matter has an instant that itself is. Jellyfishes drift at the mercy of the ocean’s current, accepting the constant flux and its transient beauty. Their nature embraces the present, living the impermanence.
The exhibition includes a short movie, that combines videos taken around Itoshima with animation, and a byōbu, where all the animation’s drawings made are displayed.

Tais Koshino “クラゲ: água viva”
Exhibition style: video installation
Date: October 26 (Saturday) to 27 (Sunday), 11:00 to 18:00.
* We will hold an artist talk on 26th (Sat.), starting at 15:00.
* The exhibitions by other nine current residence artists will be held at the same exhibition periods.

Announcing Cristias Rosas’s exhibition “The Father’s dreams”

We are pleased to announce an exhibition The Father’s dreams by Cristias Rosas on October 26(Sat.) – 27(Sun.), as a result of his activity during his stay at Studio Kura.

Cristias Rosas is a fine art photographer born in Lima, Peru. Graduated in 2006 in the University of Lima as a communicator and journalist, he was also educated in photography in the cities of Buenos Aires and New York where he won the Lisette Model scholarship granted by the International Center of Photography.

The father had entered a condition of forced sleep and corporal inertia. While that occurred, dreamlike reality inverts the reality that surrounds him. What is that emptiness where the father lingers? Where is he dreaming from? How is that space for those who are forced to sleep? This unavailable territories are only plausible through the photographic act. In these images the present subject occupies the place of the one who has departed our reality.

Cristias Rosas “The Father’s dreams”
Exhibition style: Long exposure digital photography
Date: October 26 (Saturday) to 27 (Sunday), 11:00 to 18:00.
* We will hold an artist talk on 26th (Sat.), starting at 15:00.
* The exhibitions by other nine current residence artists will be held at the same exhibition periods.

Announcing Dora Brooks’s exhibition “A mind’s guide to navigation”

We are pleased to announce an exhibition A mind’s guide to navigation by Dora Brooks on October 26(Sat.) – 27(Sun.), as a result of her activity during her stay at Studio Kura.

Dora Brooks is an artist and neuroscientist originally from Hampshire, England. In 2015 she relocated to Amsterdam where she studied at the University of Amsterdam and graduated (with Distinction) with a joint degree in neuroscience and art history. During this time, Dora also worked together with The Blue Collective, a transnational art collective that brings artists, writers, and academics together to tackle contemporary issues related to the digital era.

We all use maps everyday to navigate our way through the world. This, however, doesn’t mean we need a physical map to remember which way it is to the kitchen, or the local shop. Luckily for us, we have a subconscious brain that cleverly stores maps of our surroundings helping us to decide where to go next. But what do these mind maps look like? Working from maps made by residents and the current artists at Student Kura, this work imagines the subjective knowledge of Itoshimas landscape.

Dora Brooks “A mind’s guide to navigation”
Exhibition style: Painting/ cartography
Date: October 26 (Saturday) to 27 (Sunday), 11:00 to 18:00.
* We will hold an artist talk on 26th (Sat.), starting at 15:00.
* The exhibitions by other nine current residence artists will be held at the same exhibition periods.

Announcing asmaa al-issa’s exhibition “ornamentations”

We are pleased to announce an exhibition ornamentations by asmaa al-issa on October 26(Sat.) – 27(Sun.), as a result of her activity during her stay at Studio Kura.

asmaa al-issa is currently based in Calgary, Alberta, Canada. She received a Master of Fine Arts in Interdisciplinary Studies from Simon Fraser University (Vancouver, CA) in 2017, and a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Visual Studies from the University of Calgary (CA) in 2013. She completed a fellowship at Virginia Commonwealth University in Doha, Qatar, where she was an instructor and artist in residence in 2018-2019.

In Itoshima, I have been visiting shrines and sacred spaces, documenting closely the patterns that unite them (torii, shimenawa, inscribed stones). I have also been documenting the moss, lichen, and vines that have been growing on them through extreme weather conditions, accumulating year after year. This organic matter is a record of the passage of time—of change, growth, and regeneration. While they are often understood as a sign of abandonment or lack of care, these organic accents are expressions of the relationship between sacred object and turbulent environment.
The work in ornamentations converts these embellishments into embroideries on paper and henna tattoos drawn on skin.

asmaa al-issa “ornamentations”
Exhibition style: Multidisciplinary/visual art.
Date: October 26 (Saturday) to 27 (Sunday), 11:00 to 18:00.
* We will hold an artist talk on 26th (Sat.), starting at 15:00.
* The exhibitions by other nine current residence artists will be held at the same exhibition periods.

Announcing Ana Popescu’s exhibition “Spaces”

We are pleased to announce an exhibition Spaces by Ana Popescu on October 26(Sat.) – 27(Sun.), as a result of her activity during her stay at Studio Kura.

Ana Popescu is a visual artist and illustrator working mainly with drawing and colours on paper. Born in Romania, grew up in France and is now based in Vienna, Austria. She studied printmaking and drawing under professor Jan Svenungsson at the University of Applied Arts, receiving her Masters of fine Arts in 2013.

« Spaces » is a series of acrylic drawings on paper that each represent a part of a visual diary made in Itoshima. It deals with the relationship between architecture and its environment in rural Japan. The use of light emphasizes the bold colours and give the series a narrative aspect. Put together they work as pieces of a puzzle, recreating a global image of the space.

Ana Popescu “Spaces”
Exhibition style: acrylic drawings on paper
Date: October 26 (Saturday) to 27 (Sunday), 11:00 to 18:00.
* We will hold an artist talk on 26th (Sat.), starting at 15:00.
* The exhibitions by other nine current residence artists will be held at the same exhibition periods.

Announcing Geneviève Lebleu’s exhibition “it’s ok to be sad in the summer”

We are pleased to announce an exhibition it’s ok to be sad in the summer by Geneviève Lebleu on October 26(Sat.) – 27(Sun.), as a result of her activity during her stay at Studio Kura.

Geneviève Lebleu is a multidisciplinary artist from Québec City and is currently based in Montréal. She graduated with distinction from Concordia University in Studio Arts (2016) and completed a semester at Bezalel Academy of Art and Design in Jerusalem (Israel). Her work was featured in various events, exhibitions and festivals in Montréal (Le Vidéographe, GIV [Groupe Intervention Vidéo], Eastern Bloc, Perte de Signal, Festival SOIR, Galerie Galerie) but also abroad—in Israel and in Indiana where she attended her first artist residency in August 2017.

In this drawing installation, Geneviève explores the idea of psychological trauma and alienation through drawings inspired by Itoshima’s surrounding nature. During her residency at Studio Kura, she has been interested in the actions of looking and collecting and in how these simple tasks can be altered by past experiences. She was greatly inspired by traditional Japanese botanical illustration and by how nature has the capacity of conveying notions of sadness, nostalgia and pain and yet still remain beautiful.

Geneviève Lebleu “it’s ok to be sad in the summer”
Exhibition style: Drawing installation
Date: October 26 (Saturday) to 27 (Sunday), 11:00 to 18:00.
* We will hold an artist talk on 26th (Sat.), starting at 15:00.
* The exhibitions by other nine current residence artists will be held at the same exhibition periods.

Announcing Alexander Radevski’s exhibition “Bleep Bloop”

We are pleased to announce an exhibition Bleep Bloop by Alexander Radevski on October 26(Sat.) – 27(Sun.), as a result of his activity during his stay at Studio Kura.

Alexander Radevski is an Industrial Designer based in Melbourne, Australia. He completed a Bachelor of Industrial Design degree in Honours at RMIT Melbourne in 2015. Since then, he has worked for several companies on projects ranging from technology based, user experience focused and point of sale design for manufacture.

Bleep Bloop is an installation comprised of synthesized music and digital animation. The visuals are animated in real-time based on live input from a synthesizer. The amalgamation of the sounds, visual objects and animations create this experimental body of work.

Alexander Radevski “Bleep Bloop”
Exhibition style: Music and animation
Date: October 26 (Saturday) to 27 (Sunday), 11:00 to 18:00.
* We will hold an artist talk on 26th (Sat.), starting at 15:00.
* The exhibitions by other nine current residence artists will be held at the same exhibition periods.

Announcing Tegan Iversen’s exhibition “living my best life”

We are pleased to announce an exhibition living my best life by Tegan Iversen on October 26(Sat.) – 27(Sun.), as a result of her activity during her stay at Studio Kura.

Tegan Iversen is an artist & illustrator based in Melbourne, Australia. She creates fun, cute & colourful visual art through drawing, painting & digital techniques. Her practise often revolves around her everyday life, finding inspiration in things such as food, film, nature & feelings & always aims to be honest.

This new body of work is a visual collection of memories. They are mementos from experiences I’ve had, such as food I’ve eaten, places I’ve been (notably this trip to Japan), my family, pets, animals & insects I’ve seen, words I’ve heard & feelings I’ve had.
The artworks represent me & what it is to be a person in this huge, weird, wild world, whilst just trying to live my best life.

Tegan Iversen “living my best life”
Exhibition style: drawing & painting
Date: October 26 (Saturday) to 27 (Sunday), 11:00 to 18:00.
* We will hold an artist talk on 26th (Sat.), starting at 15:00.
* The exhibitions by other nine current residence artists will be held at the same exhibition periods.