Studio Kura Resident Artist Exhibition

START: Mar 25, 2023 END: Mar 26, 2023

Well-known Itoshima artist-run gallery, studio and residency program Studio Kura will host an exhibition featuring the work of international artists. This time’s exhibition will feature works by ten artists.

• 3/25 (Sat.), 3/26 (Sun.)
• Artist Talk: 3/25 (Sat.)14:30~
• 11:00~17:00
• Free entry
• Studio Kura
586 Nijo-masue, Itoshima City, Fukuoka

01. Helen Zhu (Australia)
Title: “i am a big girl now”

Helen Zhu (b.2000, Liverpool, Australia) is a Chinese Australian artist who lives and creates work on Dharawal land. Helen received her Bachelor’s in Fine Arts at National Art School, majoring in painting. During her 2 month stay in Itoshima, Helen responds to her experiences, reactions and interactions with locals and the environment around her. ‘i am a big gurl now’, is a series of works that draw inspiration from colours, sounds and visual stimulation Helen experiences throughout her stay.

02. Anna Révész (Australia)
Title: ”Light Traces”

Anna Révész is an emerging, Adelaide-based artist working across several mediums, with a particular interest in photography and the opportunities it presents to capture, relive or totally reinvent moments in time. Révész explores the interchange between past and present moments and attempts to navigate spaces of instability and uncertainty. During her time at Studio Kura, Révész has explored the presence of personal and collective memory in both built and natural environments. She has used photography and mixed media to investigate the transient nature of memory, and to deconstruct and reconstruct the layers that form part of the places and people she has encountered…

I felt this memory
As I drifted through these spaces –
light passing through,
lightly passing through.
Leave nothing except traces of time and feeling.
Take nothing except traces of time and feeling.

03.Andrina Manon (Australia)
Title: ‘Manon’s Kitchen, Itoshima’.

Andrina Manon is a painter and illustrator based in Sydney, Australia. ‘Manon’s Kitchen’ is a series of surreal and semi-autobiographical watercolour paintings and sculptural pieces that explore the personal and cultural notions of sharing meals. Inspired by my favourite dishes to cook and meals I have shared with others, these paintings capture the pleasure one feels when eating and the joy of sharing food.

04.Jae Youl Jeoung (Korea)
Title: “Noon Edelweiss”

Youl Jeoung (b.1992, South Korea) studied at Central Saint Martins in London, Fine Art (Foundation Diploma), From 2011 to 2012. And he graduated BA Fine Art in Chelsea College of Arts London (2018). Currently, A series of works ‘Noon Edelweiss’ portray the fragment of personal memories and stories in the past are recollected in the present. And it projected into my life in Itoshima-shi, Fukuoka, Japan. Other than the forgotten or lost memories, the one that cannot be separated from the body and mind, still remembering are formed into other images. These are still live without distinction between the past and present. Every noon in this town, it is the moment for all the wonders immerse in reminiscence. My memories shape in numerous expressions. They are reflected in various forms and appearances, and reveal their true intentions that cannot be hidden. As flowers are and their scents. Edelweiss is playing at noon again.

05. Liisa Kruusmägi (Estonia)
Title: ”Yokai Tea Party”

One month in Japan is a short time to be, but lots of stuff to see. Here are my interpretation of what I have seen and experienced here. There are drawings sketches, small objects and a mini comic book. The drawings are mixture about mythology, old and new culture and nature. Sketches have been done all around I have been this time. Trip from Tokyo to Itoshima and around Studio Kura. Small comic book is part II of my previous travel comic book I made when I stayed in Japan. There are new funny and strange stuff that I experienced here.

06 .Ellie Lauritsen (Australia)
Title: “The Third Place”

Ellie adopts an anthropological approach to her photography practice, with a focus on architecture and human interaction within the spaces we live, work, and play. She is interested in exploring how this interaction shapes culture and value systems. The Third Place is a concept penned by sociologist Ray Oldenburg. ‘Third places’ are public areas separate from the home (the first place) and workplace (the second place). Third places host regular and informal gatherings and are said to be at the heart of community vitality. During my six weeks in Japan, I have been examining and documenting ‘third places’ such as corner stores, post offices and barber shops to understand how the design and aesthetic presentation of and within these spaces reflects Japanese cultural values. Through my work I hope to shed light on the importance of considered urban planning and its impact on the social and economic wellbeing of the people that live within them.

07. Taavi Tulev (Estonia)
Title: “Made in Japan”

Taavi Tulev is primarily known for his work in music. He mainly creates soundscapes for exhibitions, releases numerous albums, records natural sounds, and performs live. He has captured sounds, created abstract and alien art. His concept has always been being in the moment without any narrative.

08. Hanna Wainio (Canada)

Hanna Wainio is an illustrator from Thunder Bay, Ontario, Canada. She creates delicate illustrations focused on scenes of nature and home comforts. Like a cat laying in a strip of sunlight, or a dewdrop twinkling like a jewel on a leaf — her work is about small moments of contentment, magic and rest. During her stay at Studio Kura Hanna has been writing and illustrating a children’s book called “Koo & Gully and the Rabbit on the Moon”. The book is about a bespectacled bird and her penpal, a rabbit, who lives far away. The friends dream of having a marvelous picnic together one day. The exhibit is a mix of traditional and digital illustrations that will be combined to create the final book.

09.Caryl Song & Charmaine Tan (Singapore)
Title: “Sights for Sore Eyes”

A collaborative effort, capturing the distinct experiences and perspectives of our time in Japan. Interpreting shared experiences and time together through our unique lenses, illustrating our collective vision while celebrating the nuances of our personal journeys.

Published: Mar 24, 2023 / Last Updated: Mar 24, 2023

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