Announcing Micha Tauber and Cyrille Faivre’s exhibition “Kokoro”

We are pleased to announce an exhibition Kokoro by Micha Tauber and Cyrille Faivre on August 24(Sat.) & 25(Sun.), as a result of their collaborative activities during thier stay at Studio Kura.

Micha Tauber and Cyrille Faivre are an artist couple living and working in Paris.
Micha Tauber is celebrating her 30 years of painting, 30 years of colors during which she constantly has shared her emotions, her multicolor dreams, her unchanging thirst for creation and curiosity.
Cyrille Faivre is a psychologist and art therapist. In his art practice he is observing surroundings, urban forms and textures from nature. He likes to experience monotype technic, pixel art, collecting traces and footprints, and put
them into paintings.

Japan : inspired by the surroundings and exchanges, with a sense of wonder and part of dreaming,
their curious view of everything. All that has been absorbed.
Painting the unseen.
A rendez-vous with love, life, stories, shapes and colors.
First teamwork of the artist Micha Tauber and her partner in life Cyrille Faivre. productive, ensemble,
a way of being together,
together in electric dreams.

Micha Tauber and Cyrille Faivre “Kokoro”
Exhibition style: mixed-media on canvas, 210 x 180 cm
Date: August 24 (Saturday) to 25 (Sunday), 11:00 to 18:00.
* We will hold an artist talk on 24th (Sat.), starting at 16:00.
* The exhibitions by other six current residence artists will be held at the same exhibition periods.

Announcing Donglai Meng’s exhibition “Hairy Legs Shrine/毛腿神社”

We are pleased to announce an exhibition Hairy Legs Shrine/毛腿神社 by Donglai Meng on August 24(Sat.) & 25(Sun.), as a result of her activity during her stay at Studio Kura.

Donglai Meng is a multi-media artist, currently living and working in the Netherlands. She had her Bachelor of Painting at the Academy of fine arts of Rome (IT), and a master of Fine arts at Master Institute of Visual Cultures AKV St.Joost (NL)

Theism as the original human society’s imagination and exploration of the unknown originated from the inner construction of the spiritual sustenance. With the development of history, it was gradually replaced by the science-oriented contemporary social ideology and lost its mainstream position. But the myths and legends associated with it have become our earliest understanding of mysterious and enlightenment of aesthetics.

My inspiration comes from shrines, temples and related myths and legends near the place of residence. I borrowed their forms to create my own mythological system, through the ‘hairy legs god’, a ridiculous figure, to reflect on this rational, efficient and realistic contemporary society — it is meaningless, it is of no value, it is the gradually lost imagination of contemporary society.

Donglai Meng “Hairy Legs Shrine/毛腿神社”
Exhibition style: installation
Date: August 24 (Saturday) to 25 (Sunday), 11:00 to 18:00.
* We will hold an artist talk on 24th (Sat.), starting at 16:00.
* The exhibitions by other six current residence artists will be held at the same exhibition periods.

Announcing Ava Grauls’s exhibition “[IM]PRINT 刻印”

We are pleased to announce an exhibition [IM]PRINT 刻印 by Ava Grauls on August 24(Sat.) & 25(Sun.), as a result of her activity during her stay at Studio Kura.

Ava Grauls specialises in installations with the aid of filmmaking, printing, ceramics and painting. She graduated from Westminster University in 2006 in Contemporary Media Practices in London and she is currently completing her second degree in Fine Art at Duncan Jordonian School of Art and Design, Scotland. Her work considers objects and places people leave behind and the change in what a society consider valuable. Her current exploration is on repurposing objects, spaces and intervening in environments, both the socio-political and physical environment.

[Im]print considers how images are transferred from one surface to another. Imprinting is also a carving of the mind and memories. The artist has embarked on a number of different ways to use print as a means of creating images, experiences and memories.

Ava Grauls “[IM]PRINT 刻印”
Exhibition style: Print – Projection – Installation
Date: August 24 (Saturday) to 25 (Sunday), 11:00 to 18:00.
* We will hold an artist talk on 24th (Sat.), starting at 16:00.
* The exhibitions by other six current residence artists will be held at the same exhibition periods.

Announcing Mirabell Nicklas’s exhibition “Dreams during the Moonlight”

We are pleased to announce an exhibition Dreams during the Moonlight by Mirabell Nicklas on August 24(Sat.) & 25(Sun.), as a result of her activity during her stay at Studio Kura.

Mirabell Nicklas usually concentrates on the hardships and struggles of life. She has lived all over the world and seen terrible things and the daily fight for existence. This made her explore psychological disorders, mental illness, and emotional instability. Nicklas wants her audience to know that they are not alone and establish a window for insight into these experiences.

During my stay at Studio Kura I focused on dreams that people have during the night. Dreams are a gateway into peoples mind that we can only try to analyze but will never truly understand. It is a mystery as well as a fantasy allowing me to explore the darkest fears, most desired wishes or happy memories that we want to relive but will never be able to do so as the procedure of going back in time has not been invented yet.

Mirabell Nicklas “Dreams during the Moonlight”
Exhibition style: Cutout and Watercolor
Date: August 24 (Saturday) to 25 (Sunday), 11:00 to 18:00.
* We will hold an artist talk on 24th (Sat.), starting at 16:00.
* The exhibitions by other six current residence artists will be held at the same exhibition periods.

Announcing Thomas Coffey’s exhibition “Familiar Ache”

We are pleased to announce an exhibition Familiar Ache by Thomas Coffey on August 24(Sat.) & 25(Sun.), as a result of his activity during his stay at Studio Kura.

Thomas Coffey is a painter based in Arkansas, USA. He earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Painting from Harding University and is currently a Master of Fine Arts candidate in Painting at the University of Arkansas. His work centers on the interactions between psychology, perception, and environment. In creating highly textural abstract paintings of his backyard in the Ozarks, he examines states of rest and growth and his relationship to his surroundings.

This exhibition is a collection of small abstract paintings made up of colors, shapes, and textures found on walks around Itoshima. Painting and spending time in nature help me to process feelings of loneliness and isolation, and re-engage with the present moment. “Familiar Ache” refers not only to loneliness, but also to the discomfort that comes with healing.

Thomas Coffey “Familiar Ache”
Exhibition style: Painting
Date: August 24 (Saturday) to 25 (Sunday), 11:00 to 18:00.
* We will hold an artist talk on 24th (Sat.), starting at 16:00.
* The exhibitions by other six current residence artists will be held at the same exhibition periods.

Announcing Kai Richards’s exhibition “Summer. Yep, it’s hot. 夏。やっぱり暑いねー。”

We are pleased to announce an exhibition Summer. Yep, it’s hot. 夏。やっぱり暑いねー。 by Kai Richards on August 24(Sat.) & 25(Sun.), as a result of his activity during his stay at Studio Kura.

Kai Richards is specializes in drawing based in Strongsville, United States. He has received his Bachelor of Fine Arts in Drawing at the Cleveland Institute of Art in 2019. His work has been displayed in several shows in Cleveland. His work explores the ordinary life of people by burning animals doing human actions on wood. He works hand in hand with his material, getting inspiration for the characters from the wood itself using the knots, patterns, and grain. He believes in the importance of the simple things we do everyday and looks to highlight them with his animal characters.

This exhibition, “Summer. Yep, it’s hot. 夏。やっぱり暑いねー。” looks to portray the hotness of Japanese summer as well as common activities associated with summer vacation. The actions displayed in the artworks are of my own experiences mixed with summer actions in general. Each piece uses some part of the wood, either the grain or the knots, as an important part of the image. The material and the wood burning work together to create fun and lively anthropomorphic animals.

Kai Richards “Summer. Yep, it’s hot. 夏。やっぱり暑いねー。”
Exhibition style: Wood Burning
Date: August 24 (Saturday) to 25 (Sunday), 11:00 to 18:00.
* We will hold an artist talk on 24th (Sat.), starting at 16:00.
* The exhibitions by other six current residence artists will be held at the same exhibition periods.

Announcing Linda Vigdorcika’s Exhibition “Expressed by having been tied together in a knot”

We are pleased to announce an exhibition Expressed by having been tied together in a knot by Linda Vigdorcika on July 25(Thu.) to 27(Sat.), as a result of her activity during her stay at Studio Kura.

Linda Vigdorcika is a visual artist based in Riga, Latvia. She completed her masters degree in fine arts at Chelsea College of Arts in London and is actively participating in projects both, in Riga and abroad, most recently exhibiting at GARGE Museum of Contemporary Art in Moscow, taking part in Nordic Environmental Symposium in Helsinki and participating in La Nuit des Idées in Paris.

Knots as a symbol of eternity and love are ancient concepts found in traditions East and West, but their appearance in different customs across cultures is strangely ambiguous. They are potent of different feelings and emotions, able to convey relationships and statuses and marking down various stories, as well as serving simply as a means of joining two objects together. Through looking at how knots are formed, a certain, almost linguistic system can be uncovered that can be used as a tool for self expression and mediation. This installation encourages the viewer to reflect on what are the feeling and emotions knotted together in their own bodies.

Linda Vigdorcika “Expressed by having been tied together in a knot”
Exhibition style: installation
Date: July 25 (Thursday) to 27 (Saturday), 11:00 to 18:00.
* We will hold an artist talk on 27th (Sat.), starting at 16:00.
* The exhibitions by other eight current residence artists will be held at the same exhibition periods.

Announcing Gabriel Echaveste’s Exhibition “In Her Small Hours”

We are pleased to announce an exhibition In Her Small Hours by Gabriel Echaveste on July 25(Thu.) to 27(Sat.), as a result of his activity during his stay at Studio Kura.

Gabriel Echaveste is an artist based in California, USA. He completed his Bachelor of Fine Arts in Illustration at Art Center College of Design and his Master of Fine Arts in Painting from the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts in Philadelphia. His work has been shown in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and New York, NY.

His work explores the female psyche between the hours of midnight to sunrise. The artist poses contemporary feminine clothing as a substitute for the psyche during this time. His work is focused around these hours, when the mind is free to conspire fantasies and harmful wishes upon others for personal gain.

Gabriel Echaveste “In Her Small Hours”
Exhibition style: Mixed Media: Painting & Drawing
Date: July 25 (Thursday) to 27 (Saturday), 11:00 to 18:00.
* We will hold an artist talk on 27th (Sat.), starting at 16:00.
* The exhibitions by other eight current residence artists will be held at the same exhibition periods.

Announcing Sue Anne Rische’s Exhibition “Fan Club”

We are pleased to announce an exhibition Fan Club by Sue Anne Rische on July 25(Thu.) to 27(Sat.), as a result of her activity during her stay at Studio Kura.

Sue Anne Rische knew from a very early age that she wanted to be an artist. She attended Texas Tech University and the University of Washington, holds a bachelors degree and masters degree in fine art, and currently teaches college level art in Texas. She considers herself both a multi-media artist and a process artist, first visualizing an idea and then assembling the needed materials to create the work.

Two years ago I learned how to make uchiwa from a farmer in Onishi in Gunma Prefecture. Because my work focuses on privacy I chose the fan for its ability to hide your face from people and cameras. In this series I am simply enjoying the process of making and how it focuses and relaxes me. I am also delighting in the manipulation of traditional uchiwa into new and experimental forms. This includes adding modern technology such as LED lights and retro-reflective tape which alters the exposure of a photograph and ruins it for the person who took it without your permission.

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Sue Anne Rische “Fan Club”
Exhibition style: Uchiwa
Exhibition space: House 1, next to Studio 1
Date: July 25 (Thursday) to 27 (Saturday), 11:00 to 18:00.
* We will hold an artist talk on 27th (Sat.), starting at 16:00.
* The exhibitions by other eight current residence artists will be held at the same exhibition periods.

Announcing Evelyn Yee’s Exhibition “Impressions”

We are pleased to announce an exhibition Impressions by Evelyn Yee on July 25(Thu.) to 27(Sat.), as a result of her activity during her stay at Studio Kura.

Evelyn Yee paints in watercolour and gouache in Melbourne, Australia. She completed an Honours degree in Fine Arts at the University of Melbourne – Victorian College of the Arts, majoring in Ceramics. The early years of her art practice was focused on sculptures and art installation using a variety of materials. When she started to paint with watercolour, it was a revelation – she fell in love with the medium and has kept painting ever since.

Evelyn feels that her 2 months stay in Itoshima is passing quickly. She feels fortunate to be able to experience the culture and richness of this place. The vast open spaces and beautiful scenery inspires her, and she captures the beauty she sees and enjoys through her watercolour works and sketches.

Evelyn Yee “Impressions”
Exhibition style: Watercolour
Date: July 25 (Thursday) to 27 (Saturday), 11:00 to 18:00.
* We will hold an artist talk on 27th (Sat.), starting at 16:00.
* The exhibitions by other eight current residence artists will be held at the same exhibition periods.