Announcing Ruth Celeste Estigarribia’s Exhibition “A Sense of Place”

We are pleased to announce an exhibition A Sense of Place by Ruth Celeste Estigarribia on April 21 (Sat) & 22 (Sun), as a result of her activity during her stay at Studio Kura.

Ruth Celeste Estigarribia lives and works in Asuncion,born in 27 December 1980, studied at “Instituto Superior de Arte, from Asunción National University.
Her work explores controversial elements in an urban Paraguayan context, researching subterfuges in our present, context and history. She is an artifice of actions and provocative reactions. Inspector of social Issues. Her urban intervention and installations are a subtle and conceptual approach that brings art into people´s lives, help and stimulate the critical points of different views, always using the group interaction and community participation by reclaiming of the city.

Here are some words from the artist herself.

An observation of local textures.
The found objects, shapes and textures of the environment I am in are central to my work. A series of metal grills and drain covers provide plates for direct embossing on handmade paper. Photographs of worn and faded surfaces or lines in the sand are converted to plates for hand printing. Ceramic shards found on the beach become the source for a Kintsugi sculpture. My work is an appreciation of Japanese places and aesthetics.

Ruth Celeste Estigarribia “A Sense of Place”
Exhibition style: Printing, Embossing and Instalation
Date: April 21(Saturday), 22(Sunday), 11:00 to 18:00, free entrance

* We will hold an exhibition opening party and an artist talk on 22nd (Sun), starting at 15:30.
* The exhibitions by other current residence artists will be also held on the same dates.

Announcing JP Neang’s Exhibition “Heavy Ground”

We are pleased to announce an exhibition Heavy Ground by JP Neang on April 21 (Sat) & 22 (Sun), as a result of her activity during her stay at Studio Kura.

JP Neang is an Artist & Creative Director, from The Bay Area, Caliornia. JP’s work has been showcased in various galleries in the US and internationally. She continues to push the boundaries of drawings, landscapes devoid of color with images that evoke stillness and playfulness. JP’s passion in the creative world extends beyond her art. She has taught creative education (Design Thinking, Creative Engineering, & the Arts) for 8 years working to inspire the world with her current project called “Imaginary Atlas”, an initiative to bring back the act of creating to children on a global platform.

Here are some words from the artist herself.

A micro showcase exhibiting works imaginative and inspired landscapes of Itoshima. It is titled “Heavy Ground” to focus a viewers perspective from a birds eye view. The greatest weight of life rests in the palm of our hands, which is both literal and symbolic in this showcase. I hope my works will challenge the limits of human fragility and give greater significance to all life on earth.

JP Neang “Heavy Ground”
Exhibition style: Graphite & watercolor on paper. Mounted on wood blocks
Date: April 21(Saturday), 22(Sunday), 11:00 to 18:00, free entrance
*JP Neang also gives workshop “POP! Paper Town in Stop Motion Animation” to kids on April 14(Sat), 21(Sat) and 28(Sat) 14:45~15:45, 16:45~17:45 (currently details available in Japanese blog)

* We will hold an exhibition opening party and an artist talk on 22nd (Sun), starting at 15:30.
* The exhibitions by other current residence artists will be also held on the same dates.

Announcing Prasanta Kumar Kolay’s Exhibition “INTERPRETATIONS. A PERSONAL VIEW OF ITOSHIMA.”

We are pleased to announce an exhibition INTERPRETATIONS. A PERSONAL VIEW OF ITOSHIMA. by Prasanta Kumar Kolay on April 21 (Sat) & 22 (Sun), as a result of his activity during his stay at Studio Kura.

Prasanta Kumar Kolay works in Drawing and Painting.

* Qualification :
– 5 Years national diploma from Govt. college of Art and Craft, Drawing and Painting department securing 1st class 1st in 1984.
– Short term Chinese language course from Beijing language and cultural university.

* Award/exhibition :
Received 18 awards (state, national ,international) including the prestigious awards the commonwealth foundation fellowship.

* Artist statement or work concept : WATERCOLOUR IMPRESSION
My style of painting is impression. I want to paint subject matter before me in my simplified way. Most of my paintings were started and finished out in the open with speed and confidence.

Here are some words from the artist himself.

My work is about nature and my interpretation of it. I work ‘en plain air’ and observe the beauty and the eternal elements of the natural world which i strive to capture in my work. I seek out nature ‘s hidden rhythms.

Prasanta Kumar Kolay “INTERPRETATIONS. A PERSONAL VIEW OF ITOSHIMA.”
Exhibition style: Watercolor painting
Date: April 21(Saturday), 22(Sunday), 11:00 to 18:00, free entrance
* We will hold an exhibition opening party and an artist talk on 22nd (Sun), starting at 15:30.
* The exhibitions by other current residence artists will be also held on the same dates.

Announcing Gabrielle Kroese’s Exhibition “I’ll make you a cherry blossom necklace”

We are pleased to announce an exhibition I’ll make you a cherry blossom necklace by Gabrielle Kroese on April 21 (Sat) & 22 (Sun), as a result of her activity during her stay at Studio Kura.

Gabrielle Kroese is a visual artist specialized in painting, drawing and collages, based in The Netherlands.

Gabrielle creates new stories of pictures that she selects out of the daily flow visual information. She collects these images in a picture file. She’s fascinated by what determines your gaze. What makes you see that one image? Remember that specific image? How does someone else sees that picture? And can it be influenced?
In her paintings she investigates a combination of a figurative image with abstract color fields. It’s fascinating to note how this combination reinforces each part of the painting and guide the way of seeing.

Here are some words from the artist herself.

“I’ll make you a cherry blossom necklace” shows photo prints that I made during my stay at Studio Kura in combination with colored surfaces. The colors are picked blindfolded from Haishoku Soukan (a dictionary of color combinations) originated by Sanzo Wada.
A research into how they reinforce, influence, maybe irritate one another.

Gabrielle Kroese “I’ll make you a cherry blossom necklace”
Exhibition style: painting and photography
Date: April 21(Saturday), 22(Sunday), 11:00 to 18:00, free entrance
* We will hold an exhibition opening party and an artist talk on 22nd (Sun), starting at 15:30.
* The exhibitions by other current residence artists will be also held on the same dates.

Announcing Igor Moritz’s Exhibition “A-un”

We are pleased to announce an exhibition A-un by Igor Moritz as MORTIZ.SÉCIO on April 21 (Sat) & 22 (Sun), as a result of his activity during his stay at Studio Kura.

MORTIZ.SÉCIO – artistic duo
Moritz and Sécio met in Bournemouth, UK and soon became aware of the constant influence in each others artistic expression.

Igor Moritz (b.1996) from Lublin, Poland is a self-taught painter with an interest in morfing the atmosphere of a space into his child like realm. He has had exhibitions both in Poland and the UK. Recently he was selected as one of the finalists of Contemporary Visions 8 hosted by Beers London and with a show in London.

Here are some words from the artist himself.

In Japan the duality between the harmonic and bizarre is embedded in the everyday life. Pairs are often used for protection, representations and symbolism. Like the Niomon symbolizes the birth and death of all things, we came to the conclusion that as a duo, we wanted to portray the contrasting feelings felt in the Japanese landscape.

igormaria

MORTIZ.SÉCIO [Igor Moritz & Maria Secio] “A-un”
Exhibition style: painting and photography
Date: April 21(Saturday), 22(Sunday), 11:00 to 18:00, free entrance
* We will hold an exhibition opening party and an artist talk on 22nd (Sun), starting at 15:30.
* The exhibitions by other current residence artists will be also held on the same dates.

Announcing Maria Secio’s Exhibition “A-un”

We are pleased to announce an exhibition A-un by Maria Secio as MORTIZ.SÉCIO on April 21 (Sat) & 22 (Sun), as a result of her activity during her stay at Studio Kura.

MORTIZ.SÉCIO – artistic duo
Moritz and Sécio met in Bournemouth, UK and soon became aware of the constant influence in each others artistic expression.

Maria Sécio (b.1994) from Lisbon, Portugal has just finished her undergraduate studies in Cinematography and Photography at Arts University Bournemouth. So far, she took part in two group exhibitions, both where in Bournemouth. Her photographs have been developing from being diarist to a more painterly and romantic exploration of her subject and surroundings.

Here are some words from the artist herself.

In Japan the duality between the harmonic and bizarre is embedded in the everyday life. Pairs are often used for protection, representations and symbolism. Like the Niomon symbolizes the birth and death of all things, we came to the conclusion that as a duo, we wanted to portray the contrasting feelings felt in the japanese landscape.

igormaria

MORTIZ.SÉCIO [Maria Secio & Igor Moritz] “A-un”
Exhibition style: photography and painting
Date: April 21(Saturday), 22(Sunday), 11:00 to 18:00, free entrance
* We will hold an exhibition opening party and an artist talk on 22nd (Sun), starting at 15:30.
* The exhibitions by other current residence artists will be also held on the same dates.

Announcing Neda Dana-Haeri’s Exhibition “Pause in Moments”

We are pleased to announce an exhibition Pause in Moments by Neda Dana-Haeri on April 21 (Sat) & 22 (Sun), as a result of her activity during her stay at Studio Kura.

Neda Dana-Haeri was born in Iran and has been living in England since 1977. She studied Psychology and Fine Arts and currently lives and works in London.

Neda’s art is inspired by Persian poetry and Eastern philosophy. Her works reflect the images of the past, the myths, the fluent stories that change shape with time and yet carry with them the unconscious emotions affecting our daily life.

Here are some words from the artist herself.

Exploring the concept of Ma. Space/gap -in between/pause. A boundary which is not a define line but an expanse. Through the movement of ink and brush shadow and light filling the space. There is no absence…. there’s room for growth. Eternal through the fleeting moment.

Neda Dana-Haeri “Pause in Moments”
Exhibition style: Ink painting on Washi paper
Date: April 21(Saturday), 22(Sunday), 11:00 to 18:00, free entrance
* We will hold an exhibition opening party and an artist talk on 22nd (Sun), starting at 15:30.
* The exhibitions by other current residence artists will be also held on the same dates.

Announcing Gilly Beal’s Exhibition “The marks of time”

We are pleased to announce an exhibition The marks of time by Gilly Beal on April 21 (Sat) & 22 (Sun), as a result of her activity during her stay at Studio Kura.

Gilly Beal currently lives in London, UK.

‘Exploring the potential of gesture, materiality and improvisation’*
The single gestural brushstroke is the predominant feature of British artist Gilly Beal’s work.
In her monochromatic ink and oil paintings, every brushstroke visibly manifests the moment of the physical, imprecise gesture that created it. This limitation of means allows for expression through small variances or nuances of touch.

Here are some words from the artist herself.

In a series of photos, I record the everyday marks or traces that I see around me at Studio Kura. I am fascinated by the idea of these marks as indices – signs of life. Whether worn calligraphic characters on a Shinto shrine’s wooden pillar, or a rusty piece of corrugated iron on the side of a house, they are beautiful and emotive, redolent of the Japanese concept of wabi-sabi. They provide inspiration for a series of mixed-media works.

Gilly Beal “The marks of time”
Exhibition style: Photography and mixed-media painting
Date: April 21(Saturday), 22(Sunday), 11:00 to 18:00, free entrance
* We will hold an exhibition opening party and an artist talk on 22nd (Sun), starting at 15:30.
* The exhibitions by other current residence artists will be also held on the same dates.

Announcing Ella Harrington Knapton’s Exhibition “Peels”

We are pleased to announce an exhibition Peels by Ella Harrington Knapton on April 21 (Sat) & 22 (Sun), as a result of her activity during her stay at Studio Kura.

Ella Harrington Knapton is a multidisciplinary artist based in Dunedin, New Zealand.
She Completed her Bachelor of Visual Art at the Dunedin School of art in 2014 and was awarded the Feldspar scholarship in 2015. She has since been involved in several exhibitions and projects in Dunedin including poetry and fashion collaborations.
Working within contemporary drawing practice Ella’s work and research engages in human relationships with complexity, disorder and control and how that directly relates to drawing practice itself.

Here are some words from the artist herself.

In a system of layered mark making, these drawings map spaces contained within coverings. Exploring notions of control and preservation with a reference to presentation in Japanese consumer culture.
The finished work contains a complex special conversation throughout.

Ella Harrington Knapton “Peels”
Exhibition style: Drawing installation
Date: April 21(Saturday), 22(Sunday), 11:00 to 18:00, free entrance
* We will hold an exhibition opening party and an artist talk on 22nd (Sun), starting at 15:30.
* The exhibitions by other current residence artists will be also held on the same dates.

Announcing Ian Campbell’s Exhibition “Fragments of Itoshima”

We are pleased to announce an exhibition Fragments of Itoshima by Ian Campbell on March 24 (Saturday) & 25 (Sun), as a result of his activity during his stay at Studio Kura.

Ian Campbell is a filmmaker and multimedia artist who works in video, drawing, installation and performance art. His short films have been screened across Canada at film and experimental media festivals such as Festival Du Nouveau Cinema (Montreal), WNDX (Winnipeg), Antimatter (Victoria), 8Fest (Toronto) and others in Europe and the US.

He has presented performance work using live improvised projected video at artist run centres and performance venues across western Canada. His short films range from the experimental to the comedic and use a variety of effects both low tech and high tech.
He works in the film department of the University of Regina in Regina, Saskatchewan, Canada.

Here are some words from the artist himself.

I came to the Studio Kura residency without any particular plan. I knew I would make a film project because of the equipment I brought with me but I wanted to let the place unfold before me to determine the structure of the film. I don’t do a lot of travelling, and when I do I prefer to stay in one place and try to observe the nuances of that place. I use a variety of cinematography techniques including time-lapse photography and the use of underwater cameras. I create collages of fragments of time, trying to simulate unconscious memories of this place that is not my own. I hope that the people of Itoshima will appreciate this particular portrait of their home and that my film will travel elsewhere and inspire audiences outside of Japan.

Ian Campbell “Fragments of Itoshima”
Date: March 24(Saturday), 25(Sunday), 11:00 to 18:00, free entrance
* We will hold an exhibition opening party and an artist talk on 24th (Sat), starting at 15:30.
* The exhibitions by other current residence artists will be also held on the same dates.