Category Archives: Exhibitions

Announcing Dora Brooks’s exhibition “A mind’s guide to navigation”

We are pleased to announce an exhibition A mind’s guide to navigation by Dora Brooks on October 26(Sat.) – 27(Sun.), as a result of her activity during her stay at Studio Kura.

Dora Brooks is an artist and neuroscientist originally from Hampshire, England. In 2015 she relocated to Amsterdam where she studied at the University of Amsterdam and graduated (with Distinction) with a joint degree in neuroscience and art history. During this time, Dora also worked together with The Blue Collective, a transnational art collective that brings artists, writers, and academics together to tackle contemporary issues related to the digital era.

We all use maps everyday to navigate our way through the world. This, however, doesn’t mean we need a physical map to remember which way it is to the kitchen, or the local shop. Luckily for us, we have a subconscious brain that cleverly stores maps of our surroundings helping us to decide where to go next. But what do these mind maps look like? Working from maps made by residents and the current artists at Student Kura, this work imagines the subjective knowledge of Itoshimas landscape.

Dora Brooks “A mind’s guide to navigation”
Exhibition style: Painting/ cartography
Date: October 26 (Saturday) to 27 (Sunday), 11:00 to 18:00.
* We will hold an artist talk on 26th (Sat.), starting at 15:00.
* The exhibitions by other nine current residence artists will be held at the same exhibition periods.

Announcing asmaa al-issa’s exhibition “ornamentations”

We are pleased to announce an exhibition ornamentations by asmaa al-issa on October 26(Sat.) – 27(Sun.), as a result of her activity during her stay at Studio Kura.

asmaa al-issa is currently based in Calgary, Alberta, Canada. She received a Master of Fine Arts in Interdisciplinary Studies from Simon Fraser University (Vancouver, CA) in 2017, and a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Visual Studies from the University of Calgary (CA) in 2013. She completed a fellowship at Virginia Commonwealth University in Doha, Qatar, where she was an instructor and artist in residence in 2018-2019.

In Itoshima, I have been visiting shrines and sacred spaces, documenting closely the patterns that unite them (torii, shimenawa, inscribed stones). I have also been documenting the moss, lichen, and vines that have been growing on them through extreme weather conditions, accumulating year after year. This organic matter is a record of the passage of time—of change, growth, and regeneration. While they are often understood as a sign of abandonment or lack of care, these organic accents are expressions of the relationship between sacred object and turbulent environment.
The work in ornamentations converts these embellishments into embroideries on paper and henna tattoos drawn on skin.

asmaa al-issa “ornamentations”
Exhibition style: Multidisciplinary/visual art.
Date: October 26 (Saturday) to 27 (Sunday), 11:00 to 18:00.
* We will hold an artist talk on 26th (Sat.), starting at 15:00.
* The exhibitions by other nine current residence artists will be held at the same exhibition periods.

Announcing Ana Popescu’s exhibition “Spaces”

We are pleased to announce an exhibition Spaces by Ana Popescu on October 26(Sat.) – 27(Sun.), as a result of her activity during her stay at Studio Kura.

Ana Popescu is a visual artist and illustrator working mainly with drawing and colours on paper. Born in Romania, grew up in France and is now based in Vienna, Austria. She studied printmaking and drawing under professor Jan Svenungsson at the University of Applied Arts, receiving her Masters of fine Arts in 2013.

« Spaces » is a series of acrylic drawings on paper that each represent a part of a visual diary made in Itoshima. It deals with the relationship between architecture and its environment in rural Japan. The use of light emphasizes the bold colours and give the series a narrative aspect. Put together they work as pieces of a puzzle, recreating a global image of the space.

Ana Popescu “Spaces”
Exhibition style: acrylic drawings on paper
Date: October 26 (Saturday) to 27 (Sunday), 11:00 to 18:00.
* We will hold an artist talk on 26th (Sat.), starting at 15:00.
* The exhibitions by other nine current residence artists will be held at the same exhibition periods.

Announcing Geneviève Lebleu’s exhibition “it’s ok to be sad in the summer”

We are pleased to announce an exhibition it’s ok to be sad in the summer by Geneviève Lebleu on October 26(Sat.) – 27(Sun.), as a result of her activity during her stay at Studio Kura.

Geneviève Lebleu is a multidisciplinary artist from Québec City and is currently based in Montréal. She graduated with distinction from Concordia University in Studio Arts (2016) and completed a semester at Bezalel Academy of Art and Design in Jerusalem (Israel). Her work was featured in various events, exhibitions and festivals in Montréal (Le Vidéographe, GIV [Groupe Intervention Vidéo], Eastern Bloc, Perte de Signal, Festival SOIR, Galerie Galerie) but also abroad—in Israel and in Indiana where she attended her first artist residency in August 2017.

In this drawing installation, Geneviève explores the idea of psychological trauma and alienation through drawings inspired by Itoshima’s surrounding nature. During her residency at Studio Kura, she has been interested in the actions of looking and collecting and in how these simple tasks can be altered by past experiences. She was greatly inspired by traditional Japanese botanical illustration and by how nature has the capacity of conveying notions of sadness, nostalgia and pain and yet still remain beautiful.

Geneviève Lebleu “it’s ok to be sad in the summer”
Exhibition style: Drawing installation
Date: October 26 (Saturday) to 27 (Sunday), 11:00 to 18:00.
* We will hold an artist talk on 26th (Sat.), starting at 15:00.
* The exhibitions by other nine current residence artists will be held at the same exhibition periods.

Announcing Alexander Radevski’s exhibition “Bleep Bloop”

We are pleased to announce an exhibition Bleep Bloop by Alexander Radevski on October 26(Sat.) – 27(Sun.), as a result of his activity during his stay at Studio Kura.

Alexander Radevski is an Industrial Designer based in Melbourne, Australia. He completed a Bachelor of Industrial Design degree in Honours at RMIT Melbourne in 2015. Since then, he has worked for several companies on projects ranging from technology based, user experience focused and point of sale design for manufacture.

Bleep Bloop is an installation comprised of synthesized music and digital animation. The visuals are animated in real-time based on live input from a synthesizer. The amalgamation of the sounds, visual objects and animations create this experimental body of work.

Alexander Radevski “Bleep Bloop”
Exhibition style: Music and animation
Date: October 26 (Saturday) to 27 (Sunday), 11:00 to 18:00.
* We will hold an artist talk on 26th (Sat.), starting at 15:00.
* The exhibitions by other nine current residence artists will be held at the same exhibition periods.

Announcing Tegan Iversen’s exhibition “living my best life”

We are pleased to announce an exhibition living my best life by Tegan Iversen on October 26(Sat.) – 27(Sun.), as a result of her activity during her stay at Studio Kura.

Tegan Iversen is an artist & illustrator based in Melbourne, Australia. She creates fun, cute & colourful visual art through drawing, painting & digital techniques. Her practise often revolves around her everyday life, finding inspiration in things such as food, film, nature & feelings & always aims to be honest.

This new body of work is a visual collection of memories. They are mementos from experiences I’ve had, such as food I’ve eaten, places I’ve been (notably this trip to Japan), my family, pets, animals & insects I’ve seen, words I’ve heard & feelings I’ve had.
The artworks represent me & what it is to be a person in this huge, weird, wild world, whilst just trying to live my best life.

Tegan Iversen “living my best life”
Exhibition style: drawing & painting
Date: October 26 (Saturday) to 27 (Sunday), 11:00 to 18:00.
* We will hold an artist talk on 26th (Sat.), starting at 15:00.
* The exhibitions by other nine current residence artists will be held at the same exhibition periods.

Announcing Yusuke Joshua Banno’s exhibition “ONE LIFE; ONE CHANCE – ワンライフ; ワンチャンス”

We are pleased to announce an exhibition ONE LIFE; ONE CHANCE – ワンライフ; ワンチャンス by Yusuke Joshua Banno on October 26(Sat.) – 27(Sun.), as a result of his activity during his stay at Studio Kura.

Yusuke Joshua Banno is an artist, maker, and educator, born in Nagoya, Japan and now based in Tucson, Arizona. A graduate from Prescott College with a degree in Sustainable Community Development, he founded and sits on the board of directors of the local hub for makers, Xerocraft Hackerspace.

We have but one chance to live life to the fullest, let us embrace the gift of life to explore, to learn, and to make connections with others along our path.
Using various mediums and laser engraving technology, these simple and educational pieces seek to inspire and awaken the curiosity inside us all to go beyond what we know, conquer our fears, and step into the unknown.

Yusuke Joshua Banno “ONE LIFE; ONE CHANCE – ワンライフ; ワンチャンス”
Exhibition style: Laser Art
Date: October 26 (Saturday) to 27 (Sunday), 11:00 to 18:00.
* We will hold an artist talk on 26th (Sat.), starting at 15:00.
* The exhibitions by other nine current residence artists will be held at the same exhibition periods.

Announcing Thomas Williams’s exhibition “Vessels”

We are pleased to announce an exhibition Vessels by Thomas Williams on September 21(Sat.) – 23(Mon., national holiday), as a result of her activity during her stay at Studio Kura.

Thomas Williams is a composer and sound artist based in Bristol (UK) creating interactive works that invite audiences to create, play and collaborate with sound and light. Coming from a background in music composition and sound design I enjoy exploring the social aspects of music making, attempting to create spaces that promote encounters between groups of people.

Vessels is a WIP interactive sound piece that portrays a series of tangible objects as fragment of music. The vessels each store within them a note, chord, phrase or rhythm. Together they become a palette presented to the audience as fragments to compose with – Intended as simple building blocks of music to prompt play and collaboration. The basis of the project responds to ideas in Japanese folklore of the inhabitance of spirits and beings within elements of the natural environment. Each of the vessels hold within them a voice and it is our relationship with them that prompts these voices to be heard.

Thomas Williams “Vessels”
Exhibition style: Music and interactive sound art
Date: September 21 (Saturday) to 23 (Monday, national holiday), 11:00 to 18:00.
*Visitor can experience playing the sound art peice at the follwing time during the exhibition dates: 11: 00-12: 00, 14: 00-15:00, 16: 30-17: 30. Sample video and work pieces will be exhbitioned at the rest of opening hours.
* We will hold an artist talk on 22nd (Sun.), starting at 16:00.
* The exhibitions by other seven current residence artists will be held at the same exhibition periods.

Announcing Simone Darcy’s exhibition “Only The Knowing”

We are pleased to announce an exhibition Only The Knowing by Simone Darcy on September 21(Sat.) – 23(Mon., national holiday), as a result of her activity during her stay at Studio Kura.

Simone Darcy is an interdisciplinary from Newcastle, Australia. Her practice explores ways of fusing together fabrics and photographs into collage and assemblage, employing strategies of abstraction and symbolism in challenging ideas on culture, domesticity and eroticism.

Simone Darcy’s mixed media installation titled ‘Only The Knowing’ brings together fabric, paint, photography and collage. Employing strategies of abstraction and symbolism, splicing and overlapping elements and ideas on art history, domesticity and the body while questioning what is remembered and what is discarded.

Simone Darcy “Only The Knowing”
Exhibition style: mixed media
Date: September 21 (Saturday) to 23 (Monday, national holiday), 11:00 to 18:00.
* We will hold an artist talk on 22nd (Sun.), starting at 16:00.
* The exhibitions by other seven current residence artists will be held at the same exhibition periods.

Announcing Desiree Kong’s exhibition “Which One Are You”

We are pleased to announce an exhibition Which One Are You by Desiree Kong on September 21(Sat.) – 23(Mon., national holiday), as a result of her activity during her stay at Studio Kura.

Desiree Kong is a photography-based interactive installation artist living and working in New York where she graduated in Photo and Video from the School of Visual Arts in 2017. She is represented by MaryMary Projects and has been mentored by Dustin Yellin, shown in galleries in New York such as Re:Art Show, and at Photo London 2018. She has been published in W magazine, Collectors Daily and Dear Dave.

Which One Are You includes photographs, sculptures, and an interactive game that all question how we visual perceive ourselves and others. Using materials from Itoshima there will be a collection of personality portraits, sculptures that you can touch, and a one-player game where an audience can also create!

Desiree Kong “Which One Are You”
Exhibition style: Photography, interactive installation, & sculptures
Date: September 21 (Saturday) to 23 (Monday, national holiday), 11:00 to 18:00.
* We will hold an artist talk on 22nd (Sun.), starting at 16:00.
* The exhibitions by other seven current residence artists will be held at the same exhibition periods.