Category Archives: Exhibitions

Announcing Nathan Phillips’s Music Performance “Music From an Orange Suit”

We are pleased to announce music performances Music From an Orange Suit by Nathan Phillips on July 25(Thu.) to 27(Sat.), as a result of his activity during his stay at Studio Kura.

Nathan Phillips is an Ohio native. His mother sang in operas and musicals, while her father, a 12-tone composer taught music in Cincinnati, before she moved to Mansfield, where Nathan grew up playing piano. In addition to his solo keyboard and vocal work, Nathan has supported bands like Julianna Barwick, Qasim Naqvi, and, as a member of Youngstown’s The Building, The War On Drugs.

Nathan Phillips will perform music on a bicycle, from an orange suit. The music was written while in motion, riding through Itoshima’s rice fields. Half of the music was randomly generated from a playlist, while listening through headphones, and the other half was created by singing along, with improvised melodies and lyrics. In preparation for Fukuoka’s rainy season, this music will be performed from an orange suit, rain or shine.

Nathan Phillips “Music From an Orange Suit”
Live Music performance
Date: July 25 (Thursday) 16:30-, 27 (Saturday)16;00-.
* After his performance on 25th, there is another live sound performance by Pedro Brito with drawings by Ema Gaspar as a collective show “Recordings” in a Japanese room in House 1, next to Studio 1.
* 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 Ema Gaspar and Pedro Brito’s Exhibition “Recordings”

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We are pleased to announce an exhibition Recordings by Ema Gaspar and Pedro Brito on July 25(Thu.) to 27(Sat.), as a result of their activity during their stay at Studio Kura.

Ema Gaspar is a visual artist based in Almada, Portugal. She completed a Bachelor’s degree in Visual Arts at ESAD Caldas da Rainha and a Post-graduation in Illustration and Digital Animation in ESAD Matosinhos. In her work she mainly uses color pencils and graphite. She overlays different plans of action in the same image to explore themes that come from her most personal emotions and experiences.

Pedro Brito is a musician and visual artist based in Lisbon, Portugal. He completed his bachelor’s degree in Visual Arts at ESAD Caldas da Rainha.
In his musical work under the alias Waterdownrobotroute, Pedro explores the crossover between sounds that reference dance music and more melodic and personal soundscapes that are driven by themes of language, response and memory.

During this residency period we took a diaristic approach. We intended to continue our personal explorations – through Ema’s drawings and Pedro’s soundscapes – but now letting the flow and pace of Itoshima come into it.

We are going to be exhibiting in the space of the Washitsu- Japanese room with Tokono-ma- an alcove as a showing art, where we were staying. And as the room reflects upon collective experiences of the past, we are reflecting on our personal experiences in this place through our mediums.

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Ema Gaspar and Pedro Brito “Recordings”
Exhibition style: Installation (Sound and Drawing)
Date: July 25 (Thursday) to 27 (Saturday), 11:00 to 18:00.
**Sound live performance by Pedro Brito will take a place at 17:00 for half hour on 25th and 26th, and during the talk tour around 17:00 on 27th in a washitsu-room in House 1, next to Studio 1. *Before his performance on 25th, there is another live music performance by Nathan Phillips “Music From an Orange Suit” at Studio Kura Gallery.

* 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 Mitch Shiles’s Exhibition “So Little About Almost Nothing 何もないようで僅かに存在するもの”

We are pleased to announce an exhibition So Little About Almost Nothing by Mitch Shiles on July 25(Thu.) to 27(Sat.), as a result of his activity during his stay at Studio Kura.

Mitch Shiles was born Pennsylvania 1986, Mitch Shiles is a visual artist that merges multiple media and often vacillates between utilitarian, sculptural, and experiential practices.

Trained as a ceramist, his processes bridge both computer-aided methods and ancient craft techniques. In 2014, he received his MFA from the New York State College of Ceramics at Alfred University and has gone on to teach at the Harvard Ceramics program, Massachusetts College of Art, Lesley University and the University of Colorado at Boulder. He has participated in residencies at Haystack in the state of Maine, NES in Skagastrond Iceland, and Art Farm in the State of Nebraska.

This exhibition attempts to render ideas surrounding the limits of human perception for intangible things, and how we may be haunted by the specter of our actions.

Mitch Shiles “So Little About Almost Nothing 何もないようで僅かに存在するもの”
Exhibition style: Mixed Media: sculpture, and new media
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 Rachel Eng’s Exhibition “Collections”

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

Rachel Eng grew up exploring the deciduous forests of Rochester, NY. Her work questions human’s perceptions of the natural world through the use of ephemeral and permanent materials including clay, plastic, paper, and found objects. Through repetitive patterns and the use of multiple elements, her work seeks to create complex visual and textural experiences.

The works in this exhibition are collections of both found and made objects and drawings. The composition of these collections question how we perceive and value the natural world. Eng uses materials that she has gathered while in Itoshima as well as things collected since traveling from Tokyo to Fukuoka. These collections reference the rural, coastal, and urban landscape of Japan.

Rachel Eng “Collections”
Exhibition style: Visual Arts
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.

-Rachel Eng received an art grant from Center for Sustainability Education at Dickinson College to complete the residency at Studio Kura.
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Announcing Meagan Smith’s Exhibition “Cultivation”

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

Meagan Smith is an interdisciplinary fiber and ceramic artist from Kent, Ohio, United States. She earned her Bachelor of Fine Arts in Painting from The University of Akron in 2015. She is currently matriculating a Masters of Fine Arts in Textiles from Kent State University. This year, she was selected as a grant recipient of the International Travel Award funded by Kent State University, Surface Design Award Outstanding Student, Alpaca Design Finalist, and continually showing at invitational exhibitions regionally and nationwide.

Cultivation is influenced by the agricultural irrigation surrounding the area. The work relates to the rice fields and dense bamboo forests that have a unique set of gridded structure growth similar to weaving and systems. Collected found objects are transported from beaches nearby and become small material studies that raise awareness of polluted habitat. The manmade and natural object become united in the sculptures.

Meagan Smith “Cultivation”
Exhibition style: Fiber & Sculpture
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.

-Meagan Smith received an art funding from Kent State University Graduate Student Senate to complete the residency at Studio Kura.
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Announcing Yvan Mas’s Exhibition “Variations in Itoshima”

We are pleased to announce an exhibition Variations in Itoshima by Yvan Mas on July 20(Sat.) & 21(Sun.), as a result of his activity during his stay at Studio Kura.

Yvan Mas is a French/Spanish artist living near Barcelona, Spain. He has exhibited in France, Switzerland, Spain, Japan and the United States. His most relevant exhibition was at Space K Gallery in Ginza, Tokyo. He has studied with Professor Luc Peltriaux in Toulouse in his youth but is mainly self taught. Yvan has been awarded as finalist at several awards such as Honda, Torres García and the prestigious BMW.

For this exhibition I continue my work but with the elements that I find are most used in Japan, like wood and paper.
I also intend to give freewill to my expression through a series of inks and water colours, as I believe that my watercolours have a close relation with Japanese philosophy as being derived from Shintoism and its respect for the elements and time on objects. What I paint with water is altered but the humidity, the heat and the wind of Itoshima, and I have to accept the interaction of these local elements on my paintings.

My works with wood and paper are more meditated, and more defined with previous drawings and variations with a research for harmony and perfection.

Yvan Mas “Variations in Itoshima”
Exhibition style: Collages of engraving paper on painted wood standing structures
Date: July 20 (Saturday) and 21 (Sunday), 11:00 to 18:00.
* We will hold an artist talk at 16:00 on both days.
* The exhibitions by other current residence artists will be held on July 25(Thu.) – 27(Sat.).

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Yvan Mas received an art funding from Institut Ramon Llull to complete the residency at Studio Kura.

Announcing Madelyn Barrante’s Exhibition “13 Hours”

We are pleased to announce an exhibition 13 Hours by Madelyn Barrante on June 22(Sat.) & 23(Sun.), as a result of her activity during her stay at Studio Kura.

Madelyn Barrante recently studied art education and received her degree from Indiana University of Pennsylvania in the USA. She obtained her Bachelor of Fine Arts focusing in painting from Indiana University of Pennsylvania in 2017. Madelyn lives in a rural community outside Johnstown Pennsylvania. Her work is an insight of family and interpersonal connections, focusing on how these connections grow, change, and break and the impact they have on the life of an individual over a period of time.

Madelyn Barrante is doing a surface level culture investigation of two rural communities separated by almost 7,000 miles and a 13 hour time difference. Barrante visually compares surface level images of her rural community in Pennsylvania to those she has taken in Itoshima. Her goal is to visual show culture is much more than surface appearance and the same is true for its community and their members.

Madelyn Barrante “13 Hours”
Exhibition style: Graphite, Watercolor, and Oil on paper
Date: June 22 (Saturday) and 23 (Sunday), 11:00 to 18:00.
* We will hold an artist talk on 22nd (Sat.), starting at 16:00.
* The exhibitions by other five current residence artists will be held at the same exhibition periods.

Announcing Ryder Richards’s Exhibition “a mere appendage”

We are pleased to announce an exhibition a mere appendage by Ryder Richards on June 22(Sat.) & 23(Sun.), as a result of his activity during his stay at Studio Kura.

Ryder Richards was born (1977) and raised in Roswell, New Mexico. He currently lives and works in the Dallas area as an artist, writer, and occasional curator.
He earned a Masters in Fine Art from Texas Christian University and a Bachelors from Texas Tech University. His work has been exhibited across the United States from Brooklyn to Seattle, as well as internationally in Germany, China, Greece, Spain, and London.

Drawing tools purchased locally from large companies, Richards’ drawings consider the universal trend of DIY. The common tools are uncommon, somewhat exotic, though familiar in form and function. By making meticulous drawings the tools are elevated, fetishized, and granted a status (or agency) from which to open conversations about work, craft, cultural production, and the precarity of the labor class.

In America Richards has been drawing tools and creating art installations from Home Depot products for several years. His interest lies in the consumers ability to purchase DIY equipment as a means to self-empower, building online communities through Youtube tutorials, and the contradictions inherent to these practices.

Ryder Richards “a mere appendage”
Exhibition style: drawing
Date: June 22 (Saturday) and 23 (Sunday), 11:00 to 18:00.
* We will hold an artist talk on 22nd (Sat.), starting at 16:00.
* The exhibitions by other five current residence artists will be held at the same exhibition periods.

Announcing Stanford Cheung’s Exhibition “CUTAWAY”

We are pleased to announce an exhibition CUTAWAY by Stanford Cheung on June 22(Sat.) & 23(Sun.), as a result of his activity during his stay at Studio Kura.

Stanford Cheung stands at the intersection of poetry and music where he cultivates diverse collaborations with writers, visual and musical artists. As a poet, Stanford uses language to examine dystopian thought, often investigating topics that deal with separation and diaspora in society. His debut collection of poems Structures from the Still (Akinoga, 2018) was described by Marc di Saverio as having a “lyrical clarity and sage-like terseness.” Among his chapbooks published include Any Seam or Needlework (The Operating System, 2016) and We Could Be Anything (Crevasse Books, 2019 co-authored). Born into a family of musicians, Stanford is active as a pianist performing throughout North America, Canada and Asia. He is from Toronto.

Here are some words from the artist himself.

We are not moved by sighs
Entering a city such as entering
whole grows to be holy
– from CUTAWAY (excerpt)

CUTAWAY is a long poem that draws its inspirations from the Japanese filmmaker Yasujirō Ozu’s art of the ‘pillow shot.’ Written over a month-long period in Itoshima, the poem’s stanzas are materialized in the form suspended photographs and likewise, bridge narrative outlets for a visual/scenic imperative that is both familiar and new.

Stanford Cheung “CUTAWAY”
Exhibition style: Poetry Installation
Date: June 22 (Saturday) and 23 (Sunday), 11:00 to 18:00.
* We will hold an artist talk on 22nd (Sat.), starting at 16:00.
* The exhibitions by other five current residence artists will be held at the same exhibition periods.

Announcing Arthur Braud’s Exhibition “This is Fukuoka.”

We are pleased to announce an exhibition This is Fukuoka. by Arthur Braud on June 22(Sat.) & 23(Sun.), as a result of his activity during his stay at Studio Kura.

Arthur Braud is a Vietnamese-American watercolor painter from Portland, Oregon, United States. He completed his Bachelors of Fine Art in Painting at Western Michigan University in 2015. Since then, Braud has participated in over 20 gallery exhibitions including the Grand Rapids Art Prize and has sold to several institutions across the globe. Braud is currently a traveling artist utilizing the next several months to collect imagery, connect with individuals, and research foreign traditions for his next line of work.

Here are some words from the artist himself.

This is Fukuoka is a study of three individuals who share the same city but are from three very different backgrounds. Through repetitive imagery, traditional motifs, and portraiture, Braud aims to unveil each one’s story and their unspoken insecurities.

Arthur Braud “This is Fukuoka.”
Exhibition style: Watercolor & Installation
Date: June 22 (Saturday) and 23 (Sunday), 11:00 to 18:00.
* We will hold an artist talk on 22nd (Sat.), starting at 16:00.
* The exhibitions by other five current residence artists will be held at the same exhibition periods.