Hi! This is Alejandro.
I’m sharing pictures from Zack Zook’s exhibition On Fear / Ring of Fire.
Zack recreated the Ring of Fire he contributed to Sakuraitoshimatsuri, and showed many photographs taken during his stay.
We are happy to announce Nami Multifraktal, an exhibition by Hannah Reber and Gert-Jan Akerboom, in which they will show work they did during their residence at Studio Kura. The artist duo is based in Berlin and they will present an installation showing work produced during their stay.
Here are some words from the artists themselves.
The title “Nami Multifraktal” refers to fractal geometry on one hand, which was primarily described by Benoit Mandelbrot. Today fractal geometry plays an important role in physics, chaos research and computer programming. On the other hand “Nami” (english: wave) refers to one of the most popular works of Katsushika Hokusai titled ‘The Big wave off Kanagawa’ (jap. 神奈川沖 浪裏 “Kanagawa oki nami ura”), a Japanese woodcut created around 1830. The Japanese artist has been gaining attention from artists and scientists around the world because of his intuitive use of fractal geometry long before it was mathematically described by Mandelbrot. Mandelbrot writes in his fundamental work “The fractal geometry of nature” (1983, 109) about this particular work of Hokusai:
“It demonstrates, that Turbulence is necessary foreign to the spirit of the ‘old’ physics that focussed upon the phenomena of having well-defined scales. But this same reason makes the study of turbulence of direct interest to us.”
Hannah Reber and Gert-Jan Akerboom share a common interest in fractal Geometry but approach it in different ways.
Both artists understand their work to be mainly “explorative”. Process plays a central role in the conception of their art. Exchange and dialog – between cultures, disciplines and positions – offers them the possibility to find new perspectives, new perceptions and a new understanding of fundamental questions.
While Hannah Reber’s conceptual multimedia work focusses mainly on the mathematical and philosophical side of fractal geometry, Gert-Jan Akerboom explores fractal geometry in the motives for his ink drawings as well as in his specially developed drawing technique.
The precise lines of his architectural and spatial structures are strongly influenced by euclidean geometry and the Golden ratio and they find themselves in strong contrast to the chaotic fractal structures that result from mixing ink with water. Fractal geometry caused a turnaround of our understanding of space and time as well as dimensions in general and gave us another access to artistic, natural and social processes. This research journey through the home of Hokusai’s “Big Wave” offers the artists an opportunity to deepen their dialogical art practice, exhibit their work in Japan and find cultural exchange.
Gert-Jan Akerboom Nami Multifraktal
Date: May 9 (Saturday) to May 12 (Tuesday), 11:00 to 19:00, free entrance
* We will hold an opening party on Saturday the 9th, starting at 15:00.
We are happy to announce an exhibition by Tim van der Meer, in which she will show work she did during his residence at Studio Kura.
Tim van der Meer is a Dutch visual artist based in Utrecht. She works in the form of installations, movies and performances. She was given the Expeditie Award in 2008, and her work has been shown throughout Europe since 2010. Here are some words from Tim herself.
The relationship between humans and nature, the detachment between us and our origins, are the basis for my research and work. Through the use of various mediums, time-based video and performance I want to transport the viewer to a world of more primary needs and emotions to restore this contact.
My work plays on the primal instinct of the viewer. Ideas of warmth, shelter and safety are in stark contrast with a fear of the dark and the unknown.
During my stay in Japan, I became fascinated by the image of the volcano. Both as a door to another world as well as a symbol of repressed emotions and desires. I experience this country as a place where the boundaries between different worlds and realities are thin and where much stirs beneath the surface. These portals are part of the landscape, but also in the culture in the form of the torii and shōji.
During the exhibition I will show an installation and drawings inspired by this idea of traveling between worlds through passages in everyday life.
We would be very happy to meet you at the closing party on Saturday, starting at 3 pm!
Tim van der Meer
Date: January 16 to 17, 11:00 to 19:00, free entrance
* We will hold a closing party on Saturday the 17th, starting at 15:00
Organized by: Studio Kura
Place: Studio Kura
We are happy to announce a new exhibition from one of the artists in the Studio Kura residence program.
Theresa Daddezio is a visiting artist from Brooklyn, NY. Her work conveys the beauty in the monotony of daily life represented through the repetition of a small, singular gesture.
During her stay, she has created an exhibition deconstructing certain elements of the local landscape. She uses rice paper as her surface to highlight the cyclical nature of existence: rice that is the primary form of sustenance, also serves as a prevalent form of communication. The landscape outside Studio Kura has been used as her main referential point. In this installation, the integral parts of a landscape are created separately- illuminating one elemental aspect from the others. The small marks add up to create a larger color field like that of the rice patties seen at a distance. The sound portraits are created from recordings she has made of cicada songs in the evening time while out on the field. Finally, the more illustrative landscapes capture the directness of the photographic memory. Taken from afar and removed- like edited versions of what is found beautiful or sublime. These photos are selective and edited versions of the area, miniature memories, and capture the image of the landscape, but not the experience. Together, these sounds, reflections, and the documented images are portrayed in layers of repetition that seek to attain a wholeness of the physical experience of being in the surrounding environment.
We would love to see you at the opening party.
Theresa Daddezio exhibition “Rhythms, Repetitions, Redundancies.”
Date: July 25th to 27th; open from 11:00 to 19:00 (free entrance)
The opening party will be on July 26th (Saturday), from 17:00.
Organized by: Studio Kura
These are some pictures from Thane Lund’s exhibition Not just us, which was held at Studio Kura on March 29 and march 30.
The opening party saw many more people coming than expected for a rainy day!
This is my third time coming to Itoshima, and I still feel like I have a lot to explore in Itoshima. The first time I visited, everything was new to me. It was my first residence ever, and the environment and people were all new to me. The second time, it was the Itoshima Arts Farm and I did a performance and art installation. Of course I took some time to explore more in the near area, and the city.
From the first time around, I knew Hiro does a lot of workshops with children. I work with Children a lot too, and therefore I wanted to come back again and try to do an interactive installation for children. In Singapore, I have a upcoming project and it is to create an “ideal home” installation at the National Museum of Singapore. I am here to find some new ideas and inspiration, and hope to develop it with my current work.
Justin Lee, current residence artist, will have a exhibition called “Dragon landed in Itoshima” at Studio Kura(Itoshima City)
He is based in Singapore and is one of the leading artist in Asia.
In Singapore, he does not only a large scale of installation but also focus on workshop working with children and exhibit the project which completes with children and him.
This time, he will exhibit the installation during his stay at STUDIO KURA in ITOSHIMA.
This project will be completed with children who come to see his work the day.
Once children step in his gallery, they can draw over his painting with chalk and paints as they like.
A children’s unknown ability will complete the project.
We are looking forward to seeing the project at the exhibition.
Please feel free to come and see.
Justin Lee’s exhibition「Dragon landed in Itoshima」
DATE:April 5th-7th 10:30-18:00 Free entry
※Opening party starts on 5th April 12:00~
Place： Masue 586 Nijo Itoshima City, Fukuoka, Japan
How to get here: 15mits walk from IKISAN station(Train:JR CHIKUHI-line). There is a transportation service.
Contact: Studio Kura Hirofumi Matsuzaki (tel:092-325-1773)
Today I’m writing about Kerry Lessard and Max Nalevansky’s exhibitions, which were held at the same time. Both are young artists from New York’s Brooklyn, and we were happy to have such a young atmosphere at the office.
Hi! This is Hiro.
Last weekend, we held Hannah Quinlivan’s closing party. She had kept working on her installation since the opening, and on the day of the closing the mood was quite different and it had started looking more like an architectural structure.