How to get to Studio Kura

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I’m writing a post to explain in detail how to get to Studio Kura from Fukuoka Airport or from Hakata Station (where the Shinkansen bullet train stops). I’m going to be very thorough but please don’t feel intimidated by the wall of text. It’s actually quite simple and you will get around by just asking for Ikisan, the nearest station to Studio Kura, and letting people help you.




Ikisan Station
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Announcing David McGovern’s workshop “Experimenting with video art” on March 22(Sun.)

We are pleased to announce our current residence artist from Ireland, David McGovern’s workshop “Experimenting with video art” at Studio Kura on Mar 22(Sun.).

Hello Everyone!

Video art has the ability to capture our attentions and make us forget about time passing. This one hour workshop looks at the origins of video art, and what is it that makes moving image so captivating to the viewer. We will film on our smartphones to create short looping videos. We will discuss framing, patterns and time on screen. The workshop is open to all – no video experience necessary!

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Announcing Ja Min Yie’s exhibition “One begins with ‘no'”

We are pleased to announce an exhibition “One begins with ‘no'” by Ja Min Yie on March 21(Sat.) & 22(Sun.), as a result of her activity during her stay at Studio Kura.

Ja Min Yie is a perceptual painter and draughtsman from Seoul, Korea. She received her BFA in Illustration from the Rhode Island School of Design in 2011 and her MFA in Painting from the Marchutz School of Fine Arts in 2017. She attended the MASS MoCA residency program in 2019, and has exhibited in France, the US, Canada and China.

Art historian Lionello Venturi once wrote, “To make a work of art, must one begin by saying ‘no’?” Venturi was referring to the practical constraints of an artist and of art-making, but for Ja Min Yie, the inquiry addresses the method behind her recent paintings, negation as a means of comprehending perceived appearances. Appearances rarely are what we think they are; neither are they something else. Yie’s paintings are a search through a series of ’no’s—neither this, nor not this…

Ja Min Yie “One begins with ‘no'”
Exhibition style: painting

Date: March 21(Saturday) & 22(Sunday), 11:00 to 18:00.
Exhibition space: Studio 1 and 2 (backside studio)
* We will hold an artist talk on 21st (Sat.), starting at 15:00.
* The exhibitions by other current residence artists will be held at the same periods.

Announcing Carolina Mercado Vargas’s exhibition “Mundo flotante”

We are pleased to announce an exhibition “Mundo flotante” by Carolina Mercado Vargas on March 21(Sat.) & 22(Sun.), as a result of her activity during her stay at Studio Kura.

Carolina Mercado Vargas  is an artist based in Puerto Rico, working primarily with photography, film and audio. she completed her degree in visual art in 2017 and has had her work showcase in her hometown of San Juan. 
Her work is based around every day life documenting things around her focusing on time, contrast of colors, the small details of such and building a narrative that tries to see everyday things in a different way. 

Mundo flotante is a study of textures and designs and how these can be transformed using images of my surroundings in Itoshima such as it mountains and sea.

Carolina Mercado Vargas “Mundo flotante”
Exhibition style: photography

Date: March 21(Saturday) & 22(Sunday), 11:00 to 18:00.
Exhibition space: Studio 1
* We will hold an artist talk on 21st (Sat.), starting at 15:00.
* The exhibitions by other current residence artists will be held at the same periods.

Announcing Craig Martin Wood’s exhibition “紙の神 (Kami no Kami) God of Paper / Spirit of Paper by Henry the Rabbit”

We are pleased to announce an exhibition “紙の神 (Kami no Kami) God of Paper / Spirit of Paper by Henry the Rabbit” by Craig Martin Wood on March 21(Sat.) & 22(Sun.), as a result of his activity during his stay at Studio Kura.

Craig Martin Wood is predominantly a self-taught multi disciplinary artist working within visual arts and sound. After completing some courses including a Diploma in Fine Arts, he focused mainly on drawing, painting and playing the drums with various acts.

紙の神  God of Paper / Spirit of Paper is Craig Martin Wood’s aka Henry the Rabbit’s exploration and response to the artist’s visit to Japan and in particular to the local areas, shrines, deities, fauna and flora and whatever reaches the eyes. Using predominantly printmaking methods with varied found media along the way. The exhibition / open studio will present limited edition prints along with the working methods used.

Craig Martin Wood
“紙の神 (Kami no Kami) God of Paper / Spirit of Paper by Henry the Rabbit”
Exhibition style:  Printmaking, mixed media.

Date: March 21(Saturday) & 22(Sunday), 11:00 to 18:00.
Exhibition space: House 1 (next to Studio 1)
* We will hold an artist talk on 21st (Sat.), starting at 15:00.
* The exhibitions by other current residence artists will be held at the same periods.

Announcing David McGovern’s exhibition “Forced Forgetting”

We are pleased to announce an exhibition “Forced Forgetting” by David McGovern on March 21(Sat.) & 22(Sun.), as a result of his activity during his stay at Studio Kura.

David McGovern is a video artist and educator based in Ireland. His workcentres on reflective, highly-personal moments; using moving image to explorethe ambiguity of the human condition. He operates between high-quality cinematic capture, and lo-fi experimental techniques.

An experimental sci-fi short that reflects on the tethers of remembering. The narrator recounts his daily ritual of forced forgetting, a self-imposed practice of banishing memories. His intention is to live a life free from an erratic mind. He offers the viewer the chance to experience a digital version of his forgetting technique. He warns you that this will erase your memory. 

David McGovern “Forced Forgetting”
Exhibition style: Video essay

Date: March 21(Saturday) & 22(Sunday), 11:00 to 18:00.
Exhibition space: Kura Gallery
* We will hold an artist talk on 21st (Sat.), starting at 15:00.
* The exhibitions by other current residence artists will be held at the same periods.
* There is a workshop “Experimenting with video art” by David on March 22(Sun.), please click here for futher information.

Announcing Kacie Lees’s exhibition “Chromatic Aberrations”

We are pleased to announce an exhibition “Chromatic Aberrations” by Kacie Lees on March 21(Sat.) & 22(Sun.), as a result of her activity during her stay at Studio Kura.

Kacie Lees is an interdisciplinary artist based out of New York. Lees’ vivid works underscore time and examine transitional spaces by synthesizing performance, sonics, color therapy, & video.

The exhibition at Studio Kura, ‘Chromatic Aberrations’ features a collection of stills selected from Hi8 videos Lees recorded from 2016-2019. A reference to the eraser-head magnetic tape “malfunction” which stamps a rainbow glitch on the tape each time the video is edited in-camera and recorded over, these stills reveal hybrid spaces somewhere between record and reality.

Kacie Lees “Chromatic Aberrations”
Exhibition style: Hi8 video & photographic prints.

Date: March 21(Saturday) & 22(Sunday), 11:00 to 18:00.
Exhibition space: Studio 1
* We will hold an artist talk on 21st (Sat.), starting at 15:00.
* The exhibitions by other current residence artists will be held at the same periods.

Announcing Madeleine Sherburn’s exhibition ” in the morning we watch the seeds grow. “

We are pleased to announce an exhibition “in the morning we watch the seeds grow.” by Madeleine Sherburn on February 22(Sat.) & 23(Sun.), as a result of her activity during her stay at Studio Kura.

Madeleine Sherburn is a Melbourne based emerging artist, graduating from Photography Studies College in 2019, obtaining a Bachelors Degree in Photography, Majoring in Fine Art. As she expands her practice from photography to other mediums; such as video, performance, installation and text, Madeleine’s work tends to question her own placement within the roles and rituals that are abided by modern western society. With a particular focus on how this coerces our past, present and future.

How do we define an impression when its permanence is momentary ? ‘In the morning we watch the seeds grow.’ explores human presence and absence and its potential implications on the natural environment. The intention behind the exhibited works is to question collective and personal perceptions of relationships held with space; both in terms of the natural and the manufactured. As we interfere with objects and space, even if previously untouched, there is a bond tethered between the two, sometimes ignored but never unseen. 

Madeleine Sherburn “in the morning we watch the seeds grow.”
Exhibition style: Installation Art

Date: February 22(Saturday) & 23(Sunday), 11:00 to 18:00.
Exhibition space: Studio 1
* We will hold an artist talk on 22nd (Sat.), starting at 15:00.
* The exhibitions by other current residence artists will be held at the same periods.



Announcing Nicole Tay Hui Hsien’s exhibition “Hanakotoba: Our Untold Stories”

We are pleased to announce an exhibition “Hanakotoba: Our Untold Stories” by Nicole Tay Hui Hsien on February 22(Sat.) & 23(Sun.), as a result of her activity during her stay at Studio Kura.

Nicole Tay Hui Hsien is a recent graduate from 3dsense Media School, specialising in Concept Art and Digital Illustration. Prior to 3dsense, she graduated from the National University of Singapore with a Bachelor Degree (with Honours) in Communications and New Media, working as a graphic designer for 5 years following her graduation.  

The language people speak through the gifting of flowers — hanakotoba. I’d like to share untold stories through the symbolic meanings people extend to flowers, telling them through symbolism, context and visuals.

Often, intent and meaning is lost in translation, and the message fades in its reception. I’d like to share these stories untold, of summer skies and autumn nights, of blooming sunflowers of adoration and flyaway dandelions of hope. 

Nicole Tay Hui Hsien “Hanakotoba: Our Untold Stories”
Exhibition style: digital prints and hanging prints

Date: February 22(Saturday) & 23(Sunday), 11:00 to 18:00.
Exhibition space: Studio 1
* We will hold an artist talk on 22nd (Sat.), starting at 15:00.
* The exhibitions by other current residence artists will be held at the same periods.

Announcing Ong Huan Yi Ernest’s exhibition “花言葉 – 薔薇”

We are pleased to announce an exhibition ” 花言葉 – 薔薇 ” by Ong Huan Yi Ernest on February 22(Sat.) & 23(Sun.), as a result of his activity during his stay at Studio Kura.

Ong Huan Yi Ernest is a Digital Illustrator that from graduated from 3dsense Media School in November 2019, specialising in Concept Design and Illustration. Formerly studied Digital Media Design(Games) in Nanyang Polytechnic(NYP) in Singapore.

For this exhibition Ernest will be exploring the topic of Hanakotoba with my fellow digital artists from Singapore. Each of us will be exploring on a different flower and its meaning, and then work on an illustration.

He will be exploring both the Red Rose and White Rose. Symbolizing both Love, Innocence and Devotion, and will be working on an Illustration based on a story of how a couple met each other and eventually fell in love and then, remained together forever.

Ong Huan Yi Ernest ” 花言葉 – 薔薇 “
Exhibition style:  illustration

Date: February 22(Saturday) & 23(Sunday), 11:00 to 18:00.
Exhibition space: Studio 1
* We will hold an artist talk on 22nd (Sat.), starting at 15:00.
* The exhibitions by other current residence artists will be held at the same periods.