Announcing Dionysius Hatmaji (Labdo Grahito)’s Exhibition “For the Sake of Sanity”

We are pleased to announce an exhibition For the Sake of Sanity by Dionysius Hatmaji (Labdo Grahito) on June 23 (Sat) & 24 (Sun), as a result of his activity during his stay at Studio Kura.

Dionysius Hatmaji, Labdo Grahito as his artist name is a student/visual artist based in Yogyakarta, Indonesia. Currently, he is still attending a liberal arts college in Kentucky, United States. He is majoring in studio art with concentration in painting. He also works at his campus’ ceramics studio as an apprentice. Since high school, he had been worked with quite a few theater groups and art communities in Jogjakarta, one of them is Studio Batu.
Labdo Grahito’s illustrations combine his own fantasy world and sometimes visuals that are borrowed from Javanese culture and his childhood memories. He is interested in mysticism and sees art as a way to pray and express love to life itself. Most of his works contain themes of personal matters and symbolism.

Here are some words from the artist himself.

We can not choose what shapes our identity, like our homeland, our family, or even our own physical form. however, they are the elements that make up our identity. for me, identity is something that is priceless, so we should appreciate it, and continue to learn it. more than that, i believe that everything that life has provided, should be used to dig up gratitude and maintain our sanity.

I was born as a Javanese, and since childhood, I have been very reverent to the Javanese spiritual wisdom. Java and all of its spirituality have flowed in my bloodstream, and are one fundamental part of myself. To me, jawa is jiwa: java is the soul (of mine). From Javanese philosophy, I always get the inspiration so swiftly to create works of art, also on how to face worldly challenges. This exhibition is as well inspired by one Javanese wisdom, which essentially says that in the course of this life, everything has its time. Anything can be a source of goodness, as long as it is in the right moment. I apply that principle to the way I work in art, and to the way I live my life. I believe that maintaining sanity also sometimes takes lunacy.

Clearly, we need to maintain our sanity. However, there are times when we need to drink sake, and become a little drunk, in order to keep ourselves sane. This exhibition, For the Sake of Sanity, will share some fragments from Anoman, one of my favorite wayang (the Javanese shadow puppet) tales, as well as series of illustration about my contemplation and thoughts and what I got during my stay in Japan, especially from Itoshima.

Dionysius Hatmaji (Labdo Grahito) “For the Sake of Sanity”
Exhibition style: Illustration
Date: June 23(Saturday) to 24(Sunday), 11:00 to 18:00, free entrance

* We will hold an exhibition opening party and an artist talk on 23rd (Sat), starting at 15:30.
* The exhibitions by other current residence artists will be also held on the same dates.

Announcing Ebony Ibrahim’s Exhibition “Connected”

We are pleased to announce an exhibition Connected by Ebony Ibrahim on June 23 (Sat) & 24 (Sun), as a result of her activity during her stay at Studio Kura.

Ebony Ibrahim is an animator and multimedia artist. She’s a student studying 3D animation at Pratt Institute. She’s currently working on her senior project film that’s anticipated to be finished by April 2019.
Her work explores nostalgic memories one may have connected to certain places they have visited. She also explores themes in modern culture and ways of expressing them through different animation styles and media.

Here are some words from the artist herself.

In Japan, I’ve noticed many people try to maintain a balanced lifestyle as well as keeping a close connection to people within their community. A busy work day can be counterbalanced by hanging out with friends, old traditions and nature are woven within the modern society, sweet food is tamed with salty, etc. With my work, I hope to show these balances and connections that one may experience during their visit.

Ebony Ibrahim “Connected”
Exhibition style: Animation and Illustration
Date: June 23(Saturday) to 24(Sunday), 11:00 to 18:00, free entrance

* We will hold an exhibition opening party and an artist talk on 23rd (Sat), starting at 15:30.
* The exhibitions by other current residence artists will be also held on the same dates.

Announcing Elisabeth Belliveau’s Exhibition “Itoshima Still Life”

We are pleased to announce an exhibition Itoshima Still Life by Elisabeth Belliveau on June 23 (Sat) & 24 (Sun), as a result of her activity during her stay at Studio Kura.

Elisabeth Belliveau is a Canadian artist and author of four graphic novels. Her animations have screened with Eyeworks Experimental Animation Festival in Brooklyn, LA and Chicago as well as at Anifest Prague, Melbourne Int. Animation Festival and Holland Int. Animation Festival. Elisabeth has attended residencies, including Banff Centre, WSW NY, Tokyo Wondersite, RAVI -Belgium and the National Film Board of Canada.
Her practice explores the genre of still life and vanitas; historically, conceptually and through new media approaches.

Here are some words from the artist herself.

Using stop-motion animation techniques, flowers and found objects are brought to life. Materials collected from the Itoshima area perform before the camera lens expressing their material potential. I seek to capture moments of transformation and material narratives, inspired by the art history tradition of still-life painting.

Elisabeth Belliveau “Itoshima Still Life”
Exhibition style: Stop-motion Animation / Time Lapse Video
Date: June 23(Saturday) to 24(Sunday), 11:00 to 18:00, free entrance

* We will hold an exhibition opening party and an artist talk on 23rd (Sat), starting at 15:30.
* The exhibitions by other current residence artists will be also held on the same dates.

Announcing Nadia Oh Sueh Peng’s Exhibition “The Butterfly and The Crab”

We are pleased to announce an exhibition The Butterfly and The Crab by Nadia Oh Sueh Peng on June 23 (Sat) & 24 (Sun), as a result of her activity during her stay at Studio Kura.

Nadia Oh Sueh Peng is a visual artist based in Singapore. She received her Master of Art in Fine Art from Goldsmiths’ College, University of London at LASALLE College of the Arts. Her artworks include lithography and aquatint printmaking, sculptures, installation and photographic prints on fabric together with stitching. Nadia’s approach to artwork is poetic and intricate.
Nadia is inspired by fleeting moments of light and shadow in nature, as seen from the confines of the typical Singaporean apartment block. She aims to explore the notions of the earthly and empyreal treasures through her practice.

Here are some words from the artist herself.

A date with the butterfly and the crab, so that one could getaway from the hustle and bustle of the city. It allows us to enjoy the beauty of nature as well as inspires us to have a balanced and harmony lifestyle.

Nadia Oh Sueh Peng “The Butterfly and The Crab”
Exhibition style: Watercolour painting
Date: June 23(Saturday) to 24(Sunday), 11:00 to 18:00, free entrance

* We will hold an exhibition opening party and an artist talk on 23rd (Sat), starting at 15:30.
* The exhibitions by other current residence artists will be also held on the same dates.

Announcing Sa Youngin’s Exhibition “A FLOWER CITED FROM FAR AWAY”

We are pleased to announce an exhibition A FLOWER CITED FROM FAR AWAY by Sa Youngin on June 23 (Sat) & 24 (Sun), as a result of her activity during her stay at Studio Kura.

Sa Youngin is working in the area of installation integrating sculpture with media devices based in South Korea and the US.
She completed her Bachelor of Arts in Seoul National University (SNU) with the dual degree in Sculpture and Media art and pursuing her master’s degree in Digital Media since 2017 in
Rhode Island School of Design(RISD) in the United States. This summer, she is selected as grant student from RISD to attend residency program in Japan, Studio KURA to continue her artistic practice.

Here are some words from the artist herself.

‘A Flower cited from far away’ is a research-based art project. This project investigates how strategy is disguised as aesthetic and intends to uncover the symbol which inhabits shifted meaning from political context and influencing the perception of the society.

Sa Youngin 사영인 “A FLOWER CITED FROM FAR AWAY 遠くから引用されてきた花”
Exhibition style: Digital Installation
Date: June 23(Saturday) to 24(Sunday), 11:00 to 18:00, free entrance

* We will hold an exhibition opening party and an artist talk on 23rd (Sat), starting at 15:30.
* The exhibitions by other current residence artists will be also held on the same dates.

Announcing Eun-Kyung Suh’s Exhibition “In Between”

We are pleased to announce an exhibition In Between by Eun-Kyung Suh on June 23 (Sat) & 24 (Sun), as a result of her activity during her stay at Studio Kura.

Korean-born artist, Eun-Kyung Suh completed her M.F.A. from the University of Iowa in Iowa City, IA, USA. Since 2008, she have been investigating the diasporic experiences of immigrants, transracial adoptees, and refugees, highlighting their fragmentary lives that resulted from involuntary or voluntary displacement.

Here are some words from the artist herself.

I have been investigating the diasporic experiences of immigrants, transracial adoptees, and refugees, highlighting their fragmentary lives that resulted from involuntary or voluntary displacement. For this exhibition, I would like to further investigate individuals’ fragmentary and fluid identity when exposed to a new environment that is not his/ her homeland or residential country.

Eun-Kyung Suh “In Between”
Exhibition style: Sculpture
Date: June 23(Saturday) to 24(Sunday), 11:00 to 18:00, free entrance

* We will hold an exhibition opening party and an artist talk on 23rd (Sat), starting at 15:30.
* The exhibitions by other current residence artists will be also held on the same dates.

Announcing Marcus Farr’s Exhibition “Material Patterns”

We are pleased to announce an exhibition Material Patterns by Marcus Farr on May 26 (Sat) & 27 (Sun), as a result of his activity during his stay at Studio Kura.

Marcus Farr is a Fulbright Scholar and leader Material Artifact, a studio interested in matters of material reference & assemblage. We look at concepts of natural histories and the invisible forces of nature, weather & age as processes for creating physical objects and sensory experiences. Our work seeks to introduce the mundane, the heightened and the potential of materials relative to our everyday interactions. We work wherever there is suitable commission to explore these roles through artistic or architectural medium. Vernacular patterns and templates for creating artifacts of cultural value are common themes throughout the work of the studio.

Here are some words from the artist himself.

Patterns is on going series discussing the mundane and everyday use of patterns in architecture, place, and landscape. It builds upon geometric history found in local craft such as textiles, buildings, gardens, and tapestries.
The work investigates the most simplistic processes that create basic scenarios using patterns of material and monochromatic hue.

Marcus Farr “Material Patterns”
Exhibition style: Pencil, Oil Pen, Intaglio
Date: May 26(Saturday), 27(Sunday), 11:00 to 18:00, free entrance

* We will hold an exhibition opening party and an artist talk on 26th (Sat), starting at 15:30.
* The exhibitions by other current residence artists will be also held on the same dates.

Announcing Alexis Hill’s Exhibition “Burnables: 可燃物”

We are pleased to announce an exhibition Burnables by Alexis Hill on May 26 (Sat) & 27 (Sun), as a result of her activity during her stay at Studio Kura.

Alexis Hill is a printmaker based in Hanover, NH(New Hampshire) in the United States. She completed her Bachelor of the Arts at Dartmouth College in Middle Eastern Studies and Studio Art with a focus in printmaking in 2017 and now works in the Studio Art Department of her alma mater.
Alexis’ practice deals with interiors and the figure and how abstraction and layering relate to these forms and textures. She works primarily in woodblock, utilizing reduction techniques and both water and oil based inks.

Here are some words from the artist herself.

“Burnables” showcases a variety of mixed media pieces exploring visualization of the unfamiliar through memory. The paintings and prints operate outside of direct observation and interrogate feelings of distance as a foreigner in Japan mirrored in the distancing of process — prints covered by paint, exposed by sanding, recovered by collage and seeking resolution in layering. Abstraction of architecture and space is advanced through the building up of subconscious memory surfaces . The work represents an inquiry into the personal and idiosyncratic through imbalance and destruction of disposable, humble materials.

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Alexis Hill “Burnables: 可燃物”
Exhibition style: mixed media printmaking and painting
Date: May 26(Saturday), 27(Sunday), 11:00 to 18:00, free entrance

* We will hold an exhibition opening party and an artist talk on 26th (Sat), starting at 15:30.
* The exhibitions by other current residence artists will be also held on the same dates.

Announcing Ashley B Favor’s Exhibition “Becoming (fully) Awake: (完全に)目覚める”

We are pleased to announce an exhibition Becoming (fully) Awake by Ashley B Favor on May 26 (Sat) & 27 (Sun), as a result of her activity during her stay at Studio Kura.

Ashley Favor is a visual artist based in Denver, Colorado. She focuses her efforts primarily on three-dimensional paintings that explore a diversification of mediums. She completed her BFA specializing in painting at Rocky Mountain College of Art & Design (2014).
Her work concerns the relevance of existence, connectivity, and relatability. She studies reoccurring forms, textures, and colors within natural and cultural settings as a source of contemplation. While all life on earth may appear to be visually differing, it is inexplicably linked thru existence. She translates this thru utilizing an array of mediums and processes while maintaining a thoughtful and meditative application.

Here are some words from the artist herself.

My work concerns harnessing and visually relaying sensations that I find most substantial in life. This pertains to feelings that we all commonly share such as energy, vibrance, connectedness, presence. I enjoy an exploration of processes in my art making that feel to me as natural formation and occurrence. My time here in Japan has allowed me to become more meditative, observant, and in tune with my surroundings. This opportunity has led me to become inspired by elements within the environment such as algae growing and water flowing.

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Ashley B Favor “Becoming (fully) Awake: (完全に)目覚める”
Exhibition style: Mixed media painting on wood panel and paper
Date: May 26(Saturday), 27(Sunday), 11:00 to 18:00, free entrance

* We will hold an exhibition opening party and an artist talk on 26th (Sat), starting at 15:30.
* The exhibitions by other current residence artists will be also held on the same dates.

Announcing Warren Goh’s Exhibition “Itoshima Childhood”

We are pleased to announce an exhibition Itoshima Childhood by Warren Goh on May 26 (Sat) & 27 (Sun), as a result of his activity during his stay at Studio Kura.

Warren Goh has completed his WSQ Diploma at 3dsense Media School in 2017, finishing the Digital Design and Illustration course as the recipient of the Top Student Award. He has been nominated for the Live Draft by the judging panel of the Rookies competition, one of the highest honours for young upcoming talent in the field of Entertainment Design. He has since been employed as a Concept Artist at Mighty Jaxx Intl.

Here are some words from the artist himself.

There are magical moments that happen daily, and it takes a bit of looking to realise that they’re there – Children are great at doing that. I hope that by putting a little fantasy twist on them, we can rediscover the simple joys of living.

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Warren Goh “Itoshima Childhood”
Exhibition style: Watercolour & Ink
Date: May 26(Saturday), 27(Sunday), 11:00 to 18:00, free entrance

* We will hold an exhibition opening party and an artist talk on 26th (Sat), starting at 15:30.
* The exhibitions by other current residence artists will be also held on the same dates.