Announcing Jolene Yeo’s Exhibition “Deterge”

We are pleased to announce an exhibition Deterge by Jolene Yeo on October 20 (Sat), 21 (Sun) and 27 (Sat), 28 (Sun), as a result of her activity during her stay at Studio Kura. This will be shown as a part of Itoshima International Art Festival 2018, Itoshima Arts Farm.

Jolene Yeo is a multi-disciplinary artist living in sunny little Singapore. Having always loved art, she has pursued and completed a Diploma in Apparel Design & Merchandising (Temasek Polytechnic), Diploma in Concept Art & Illustration (3dsense Media School) as well as Bachelor in Fine Arts (Lasalle College of the Arts). She has participated in two group exhibitions in Singapore as well as had her collection nominated for the IAF awards. She was placed in the Director’s List for 4 consecutive years in a row in Temasek Polytechnic and has been awarded Top Student by 3dsense Media School.

Here are some words from the artist herself.

Daily life is hectic and stressful, many times one can delve too deep into pressure and get consumed by negative thoughts that are toxic and mentally unhealthy. Inspired by the tranquil and serene surroundings of the Itoshima countryside as well as the spiritual support pets and animals can bring, Deterge explores the cleansing of the mind and soul in a slightly unorthodox and grisly manner.

Jolene Yeo “Deterge”
Exhibition style: Digital and traditional art (watercolor painting)
Exhibition venue: House 1, Living room
Date: October 20 (Saturday), 21 (Sunday), 27 (Saturday), 28 (Sunday) 11:00 to 17:00.
Entrance fee: 1000 yen to purchase an Itoshima Art Festival 2018 (900 yen in advance, free entrance for kids aged under 7)
* We will hold an opening tour on Saturday the 20th, starting at 11:00.
* The exhibition by other current residence artists and other domestic & international artists will be held during the art festival period in Nijo area.

Announcing Nikki Lam’s Exhibition “Anchor: A Prelude”

We are pleased to announce an exhibition Anchor: A Prelude by Nikki Lam on October 20 (Sat), 21 (Sun) and 27 (Sat), 28 (Sun), as a result of her activity during her stay at Studio Kura. This will be shown as a part of Itoshima International Art Festival 2018, Itoshima Arts Farm.

Nikki Lam is an artist and curator based in Narrm/Melbourne, Australia. Nikki’s practice explores the complexity of belonging through the exploration of self, memory and space. Working primarily with video, performance, text and installation, she is interested in exploring the translations of hybrid identities, often through studies of rituals, language and representations.
Born in Hong Kong (1988), Nikki’s work has been shown at Underbelly Arts Festival (Sydney), SafARI (Sydney), The Substation (Melbourne), Australian Centre for Moving Image (Melbourne), Firstdraft (Sydney), BUS Projects (Melbourne), The Ferry Gallery (Bangkok), Galleria Marcollini (Forli, Italy), and toured around the world with Over View International Festival of Video Art.

Here are some words from the artist herself.

To remember is to have an anchor for your belonging.
Exploring the condition of movements, politics of memory and resistance of the colonial gaze, Anchor: A Prelude is a video exhibition that echoes the artist’s memory in a shifting context where the horizon is warped and time is irrelevant. It is a starting point, a resonance, an act of remembering—much like a warm reminder of a rootless home.

Nikki Lam “Anchor: A Prelude”
Exhibition style: Video projection (duration time: 3-4 minutes, loop)
Exhibition venue: House 2
Date: October 20 (Saturday), 21 (Sunday), 27 (Saturday), 28 (Sunday) 11:00 to 17:00.
Entrance fee: 1000 yen to purchase an Itoshima Art Festival 2018 (900 yen in advance, free entrance for kids aged under 7)
* We will hold an opening tour on Saturday the 20th, starting at 11:00.
* The exhibition by other current residence artists and other domestic & international artists will be held during the art festival period in Nijo area.

Announcing Saga Unnsteinsdottir’s Exhibition “How I sleep at night.”

We are pleased to announce an exhibition How I sleep at night. by Saga Unnsteinsdottir on October 20 (Sat), 21 (Sun) and 27 (Sat), 28 (Sun), as a result of her activity during her stay at Studio Kura. This will be shown as a part of Itoshima International Art Festival 2018, Itoshima Arts Farm.

Saga Unnsteins, born in 1992. Icelandic, internationally based artist educated in Visual Art, FB, Reykjavik, Iceland (2012), and Lasalle Collage of the arts, Singapore (2016).
Work with Multiple disciplines and mediums, drawing inspiration from many ideas and concepts but always invested in the idea of boundary breaking, hierarchies and the idea of animism (or the inherent value of things).
Saga’s works have so far been displayed in various group and solo shows in Iceland, Singapore and in Japan.

Here are some words from the artist herself.

This is how I sleep at night after a day of playing spider.
These drawings grew out of those calm nights before themselves became even more still dreams in the nights to follow.
It all blends together; sleep, play, work. I had all the time in the world and this is what happened.

Saga Unnsteinsdottir “How I sleep at night.”
Exhibition style: drawing, installation
Exhibition venue: Studio Kura Gallery
Date: October 20 (Saturday), 21 (Sunday), 27 (Saturday), 28 (Sunday) 11:00 to 17:00.
Entrance fee: 1000 yen to purchase an Itoshima Art Festival 2018 (900 yen in advance, free entrance for kids aged under 7)
* We will hold an opening tour on Saturday the 20th, starting at 11:00.
* The exhibition by other current residence artists and other domestic & international artists will be held during the art festival period in Nijo area.

Announcing Aurora Solberg’s Exhibition ” Fukt / 湿度 / Moist “

We are pleased to announce an exhibition Fukt / 湿度 / Moist by Aurora Solberg on October 20 (Sat), 21 (Sun) and 27 (Sat), 28 (Sun), as a result of her activity during her stay at Studio Kura. This will be shown as a part of Itoshima International Art Festival 2018, Itoshima Arts Farm.

Aurora Solberg is an artist based in Bergen, Norway. She specializes in painting, and completed her masters in Fine Art from the Art Academy/ University in Bergen in 2017, and her bachelor from Trondheim Art Academy in 2013. Her work has been shown several places in Norway.
Painting, both its material and techniques, are the starting point in Auroras practice. She explores the materials and media used in different types of painting, while exploring her own interaction with the materials. In recent years, she has focused on watercolour painting.

Here are some words from the artist herself.

Moisture generally means water bound in a material or water vapor in air. Moisture is of great importance for how all materials shape themselves and changes over time, and this include the watercolor medium. Being in the moist and warm weather in Japan, I observe how the materials behave differently than in dry and cold Norway. But even more so the surroundings transforms me and the way I paint – everything I experience inspires the atmosphere and colors of the works.

Aurora Solberg “Fukt / 湿度 / Moist”
Exhibition style:
watercolor – based on Japanese traditional painting technique – on glass and paper.
Exhibition venue: Studio 1
Date: October 20 (Saturday), 21 (Sunday), 27 (Saturday), 28 (Sunday) 11:00 to 17:00.
Entrance fee: 1000 yen to purchase an Itoshima Art Festival 2018 (900 yen in advance, free entrance for kids aged under 7)
* We will hold an opening tour on Saturday the 20th, starting at 11:00.
* The exhibition by other current residence artists and other domestic & international artists will be held during the art festival period in Nijo area.

Announcing Ben Harb’s Exhibition “Dual Locations”

We are pleased to announce an exhibition Dual Locations by Ben Harb on October 20 (Sat), 21 (Sun) and 27 (Sat), 28 (Sun), as a result of her activity during his stay at Studio Kura. This will be shown as a part of Itoshima International Art Festival 2018, Itoshima Arts Farm.

Ben Harb is a sound artist, composer and performer from Canberra, Australia. As a graduate of the Australian National University’s School of Music Ben has worked with many members of the local and international experimental music and art communities including the ANU New Music Ensemble, the Experimental Music Studio, Opus and bands such as Ecruteak and Lost Coast. Ben’s work focuses on the relationship between fixed media and live instrumentation with an emphasis on the performer’s agency when playing a piece.

Here are some words from the artist himself.

There is near limitless potential when working with audio field recordings. The medium has a history of work that includes scientific research, ecological study, sound art, sampling and musical applications within a range of contemporary genres. Field recordings of the natural and “man-made” worlds have created soundscapes that have acted as inspiration for composers such as Olivier Messiaen, John Cage, and Pauline Oliveros.
Dual Locations is a sound art installation that makes use of both space and location. Through capturing recordings of the area around Studio Kura along with sounds from Fukuoka city and combining the resulting soundscape with original composition, Dual Locations makes use of spatialised dissemination to create an immersive auditory experience that an audience can navigate and experience in their own way.

Ben Harb “Dual Locations”
Exhibition style: Music/Sound Art Installation (duration time: 60 minutes, loop)
Exhibition venue: Studio 2
Date: October 20 (Saturday), 21 (Sunday), 27 (Saturday), 28 (Sunday) 11:00 to 17:00.
Entrance fee: 1000 yen to purchase an Itoshima Art Festival 2018 (900 yen in advance, free entrance for kids aged under 7)
* We will hold an opening tour on Saturday the 20th, starting at 11:00.
* The exhibition by other current residence artists and other domestic & international artists will be held during the art festival period in Nijo area.

Announcing Yin Yue Chan’s Exhibition ” to dwell privately or in the open air “

We are pleased to announce an exhibition to dwell privately or in the open air by Yin Yue Chan on October 20 (Sat), 21 (Sun) and 27 (Sat), 28 (Sun), as a result of her activity during her stay at Studio Kura. This will be shown as a part of Itoshima International Art Festival 2018, Itoshima Arts Farm.

Yin Yue Chan (b.1996) is an interdisciplinary photographic artist currently based in Tokyo.
Born in Sydney, she studied philosophy and fine arts at the University of New South Wales Art & Design, Australia, paying particular interest to social, urban and architectural theory.
Here are some words from the artist herself.

Images have their own texture, weight, density, and temperature. I can recall the smell of tatami mats in the summer, and now they recollect the same colour of rice in their harvest. ‘to dwell privately or in the open air’ are new works that allude to the temporal and spatial nature of which these photographs were taken, but of which are slightly altered according to the structure and light of the room.
Here, a wall slides over to the next to become a door, and a stream runs beneath bridges of simple concrete, round like lobes. I know distance from this bridge to the next by the storage house over there. The children here know it better, and the mountains knew this distance before me.

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Yin Yue Chan “to dwell privately or in the open air”
Exhibition style: Photography / Installation
Exhibition venue: House 3
Date: October 20 (Saturday), 21 (Sunday), 27 (Saturday), 28 (Sunday) 11:00 to 17:00.
Entrance fee: 1000 yen to purchase an Itoshima Art Festival 2018 (900 yen in advance, free entrance for kids aged under 7)
* We will hold an opening tour on Saturday the 20th, starting at 11:00.
* The exhibition by other current residence artists and other domestic & international artists will be held during the art festival period in Nijo area.

Announcing Jinhee Jeon’s Exhibition “Cannot be Simple. but It is Simple.”

We are pleased to announce an exhibition Cannot be Simple. but It is Simple. by Jinhee Jeon on October 20 (Sat), 21 (Sun) and 27 (Sat), 28 (Sun), as a result of her activity during her stay at Studio Kura. This will be shown as a part of Itoshima International Art Festival 2018, Itoshima Arts Farm.

Jinhee Jeon is a painter based in Toronto. She loves to use oil paints on canvas, paper or wood panel. Each series of work capture the time, moments and life stories; they carry figures and full of layers of colours. Her paintings not only show the images of scene, but also reflect sensibility and emotions in depth, and as well as poetry. She is keen on finding a simple and minimalistic way of life, and she likes to apply it to her paintings.
She completed her Bachelor of Fine Art in Drawing & Painting at OCAD University, Toronto Canada. She had several solo and group exhibitions in Toronto and Seoul.

Here are some words from the artist herself.

During my stay in this country side, I let my eyes, mind and thoughts also become aligned with the flow.
Gradually freeing myself from the obsession and pressure piled up in the urban life, my perspective is widened, and carefully tuned into nature.
The obsession and pressure that were also smeared into my paintings are stripped off; the meaning of simple life is interpreted by capturing the light and the breath onto the canvas.

Jinhee Jeon “Cannot be Simple. but It is Simple.”
Exhibition style: oil paint & conte drawing on canvas
Exhibition venue: Studio 1
Date: October 20 (Saturday), 21 (Sunday), 27 (Saturday), 28 (Sunday) 11:00 to 17:00.
Entrance fee: 1000 yen to purchase an Itoshima Art Festival 2018 (900 yen in advance, free entrance for kids aged under 7)
* We will hold an opening tour on Saturday the 20th, starting at 11:00.
* The exhibition by other current residence artists and other domestic & international artists will be held during the art festival period in Nijo area.

Announcing Corinne Caro’s Exhibition “By The Sea”

We are pleased to announce an exhibition By The Sea by Corinne Caro on October 20 (Sat), 21 (Sun) and 27 (Sat), 28 (Sun), as a result of her activity during her stay at Studio Kura. This will be shown as a part of Itoshima International Art Festival 2018, Itoshima Arts Farm.

Corinne Caro is a concept artist and illustrator based in Laguna, Philippines. She studied Painting at the University of the Philippines for one year before transferring to Savannah College of Art and Design in Hong Kong to pursue a degree in Sequential Arts. Her works have been shown in Manila, Tokyo, Hong Kong, and the United States.

Here are some words from the artist herself.

A collection of paintings that depict calm sceneries. Quiet moments of solitude between people and nature are something that one rarely gets to experience in a world where we are moving faster and faster. Despite knowing how small we are compared to the world, if you take a step back and look, you’ll see that you’re never truly alone.

Corinne Caro “By The Sea”
Exhibition style: Digital Illustration
Exhibition venue: Studio 1
Date: October 20 (Saturday), 21 (Sunday), 27 (Saturday), 28 (Sunday) 11:00 to 17:00.
Entrance fee: 1000 yen to purchase an Itoshima Art Festival 2018 (900 yen in advance, free entrance for kids aged under 7)
* We will hold an opening tour on Saturday the 20th, starting at 11:00.
* The exhibition by other current residence artists and other domestic & international artists will be held during the art festival period in Nijo area.

Announcing Debbie Donnelly’s Exhibition “Moving Continents series #2”

We are pleased to announce an exhibition Moving Continents series #2 by Debbie Donnelly on September 22 (Sat) to 24 (Mon), as a result of her activity during her stay at Studio Kura.

Debbie Donnelly lives and works in New Zealand, received Masters in Education, Victoria University College of Education, Wellington.

Specialist in art textiles Donnelly is a practitioner and mentor since completing post graduate studies for Te Auaha Whitireia NZ Institute of Creativity, lecturing in Applied Arts. As a recipient of 2018 New Zealand Japan Exchange programme grant and Creative NZ and Asia New Zealand Foundation grants this has provided stimulus for experiencing cultural interplay. New works on interpretations of cultural identity are mixed with migration and situatedness.

As an inter-disciplinary artist Donnelly uses auto-ethnography; a self-narrative that critiques the situatedness of self with others in social and environmental contexts.
New work based on observations, art processes, exhibition and audience interaction create experiences for informing environmentally located materials and social arts issues.

Here are some words from the artist herself.

This continuing exploration of Yotsugi family history has led me to several locations in Takehara, Hiroshima and Kure before making work in Itoshima. This current experience has revealed the power of environment and family ties lost and renewed over a 25-75 year period. The curiousity of Japanese family connections and stories of immigration to New Zealand increases over time for new generations. As a mid career artist I look back and synthesize several explorations in Japan – using historical artefacts provided by family and friends of lost photos and letters, signage then and now and childhood memories form the basis for this textile work in progress.

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Debbie Donnelly “Moving Continents series #2”
Exhibition style: textile exploration
Date: September 22 (Saturday) to 24 (Monday/Public Holiday) 11:00 to 18:00. Free entrance

* We will hold an exhibition opening party and an artist talk on 22nd (Sat), starting at 17:00.
* The exhibitions by other current residence artists will be also held on the same dates.

Announcing Davin Saputra’s Exhibition “Figure in Filaments”

We are pleased to announce an exhibition Figure in Filaments by Davin Saputra on September 22 (Sat) to 24 (Mon), as a result of his activity during his stay at Studio Kura.

Davin Saputra is a 3d Artist from Indonesia, who will be working as a junior 3d character modeler in the games industry after his stay here. He had just graduated from 3dsense Media School, Singapore.
He is interested in creating character art which includes figure sculpting, portraiture, and anatomy studies. He is currently trying to improve his fundamentals on those subjects.

Here are some words from the artist himself.

In this exhibition i want to show some of my studies of figure sculpting as well as my results from my first time using a 3d printer.

I will also present some of my process in creating some of my sculpt from the sketch, final sculpt, slicing the mesh, and printing it. As 3d prints usually take a long time to print, i might not print every single sculpture that I did, however i will still show some of my figure studies in my exhibition.

Davin Saputra “Figure in Filaments”
Exhibition style: Digital Sculpting and 3d printing
Date: September 22 (Saturday) to 24 (Monday/Public Holiday) 11:00 to 18:00. Free entrance

* We will hold an exhibition opening party and an artist talk on 22nd (Sat), starting at 17:00.
* The exhibitions by other current residence artists will be also held on the same dates.