YOKAI NEIGHBORS SPOT LIGHT #3: Marcelo Gallegos & Tofu Kozo

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“Tofu-Kozo” by Marcelo Gallegos

Another stunning artwork from our current group show YOKAI NEIGHBORS. “Tofu-Kozo” by Marcelo Gallegos. Please check the past blog post for other artists and Yokai!

About the Yokai
Tofu-Kozo is a ghostly young boy dressed like a monk that walks around offering up its plate of tofu for people to eat … it apparently has a habit of licking the tofu it offers up.

Artwork detail:
Title: “Tofu Kozo”
Medium:Watercolor and Ink on paper
Size: 20cm x 20cm (unframed)
Made year: 2020
Artwork is available at AG Gallery, please contact natsumi@aboutglamour.net for inquiry.

ABOUT ARTIST

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Marcelo Gallegos is a precocious, shapeshifting sorcerer. Gallegos’s works are described as dark rituals which subvert the patriarchy, upset the status quo, and entrap viewers in a phantasmagorical un-reality of the sacred, the profane, and the grotesque.

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YOKAI NEIGHBORS SPOT LIGHT #2: Lili Chin & 9 Yokai

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Nine original Yokai print from Los Angeles based artist Lili Chin, currently exhibited for “Yokai Neighbors” Group Exhibition and available for purchase at AG Gallery.

All Prints from Lili Chin will soon be available at our gallery online store, and this blog post will be updated with link to each work very soon! Meanwhile, please enjoy learning about each Yokai and the artist.

All prints are available for purchase, (framed or unframed) please contact: natsumi@aboutglamour.net for purchase.

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Installation view at AG Gallery from Yokai Neighbors

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Installation view at AG Gallery from Yokai Neighbors

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Installation view at AG Gallery from Yokai Neighbors

 

ABOUT 9 YOKAI From Lili Chin

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Okka

Okka
Okka is a little red blobby yokai’s name, it is a babytalk version of obake. He’s a bit of a mystery because there are no stories about him, but he’s a regular participant in the Hyakki Yagyō, Night Parade of One Hundred Demons, in scrolls and other artwork.

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Modern Yokai: Futakuchi Onna

Modern Yokai: Futakuchi Onna
Futakuchi Onna looks exactly like a normal woman – until she reveals the second mouth on the back of her head. It is always voraciously hungry, and Futakuchi Onna have left many a dining companion gaping too – at the size of the bill.

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Tsukumogami

Tsukumogami
Tsukumo-gami is about very old objects that may acquire a spirit and come to life, becoming yokai called tsukumogami. The Hyakki Yagyō, Night Parade of One Hundred Demons, always includes many tsukumogami – tools, musical instruments, household goods, and kitchen implements, perhaps now even modern ones like this rice cooker.

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Nurikabe

Nurikabe
Nurikabe is an invisible wall that appears late at night and blocks your way. It’s impossible to climb over or go around it. Normally this is troublesome, but manga author and yokai professor Shigeru Mizuki said that during World War II, a nurikabe stopped him from walking off a cliff in the jungle and saved his life. Some tales say that it will vanish if you wave or tap a stick near its base. (No word on what happens if you let your pug pee on it, but it’s worth a try.)

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Modern Yokai: Kapp

Modern Yokai: Kapp
Kappa lives in rivers and have a appetite for cucumbers and an obsession with a magical ball that’s said to exist inside the human colon. Nowadays when development has made so many rivers uninhabitable, urban kappa may lurk at gyms and spas. If your companion in the hot tub has an odd, moist depression on the top of his head, beware – it may be a kappa!

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Dodomeki

Dodomeki
Dodomeki are young women with long arms who had a habit of stealing money. They are punished by being transformed into a monster with hundreds of tiny bird’s eyes sprouting from its arms. It’s like a mark of their crime, because there was once a copper coin with a hole in the center that was nicknamed “bird’s eye.”

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Modern Yokai: Tōfu-kozō

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Modern Yokai: Tōfu-kozō

Modern Yokai: Tōfu-kozō
If you see a young fellow wandering the streets – or the supermarket aisles – with a plate of tofu, don’t take a sample! Tōfu-kozō may tell you it’s all natural, so it must be safe, right? Don’t be fooled – so are cobra venom, hemlock, and anthrax, and it’ll kill you just the same.

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Modern Yokai: Nekomata

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Modern Yokai: Nekomata

Modern Yokai: Nekomata
In the past, demon cats called Nekomata awoke the dead and reanimated corpses by jumping over their heads. These days they use rhythm, baby, rhythm!

 

ABOUT ARTIST

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Lili Chin is a Los Angeles-based digital artist from Malaysia and Australia. Chin is best known as co-creator of the hit masked-wrestling inspired animated series “Mucha Lucha” for Warner Bros (2000’s), and for her globally-popular dog illustrations and animal behavior infographics. Chin’s author debut – an illustrated gift book on reading dog body language – will be published in October 2020. When she is not working on commissions for her clients, she enjoys drawing other creatures, hanging out with her senior Boston Terrier, and playing modern board games. As a Yokai Parade collaborator, Chin designs yokai for art prints and original pins.

 

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Yokai Neighbors Spot Light #1: Székely Beáta & Kamikiri

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Székely Beáta

Székely Beáta is known as ‘Birdy’ to her collectors, lives and works in Budapest, Hungary, where she earned her degree in painting, in the Hungarian University of Art in 2013. Beáta is a painter and a jeweller, and has had multiple exhibitions in Hungary, India, China, Finland, Italy and Romania and has works at private collectors world wide. She recently started to paint ‘little demon’ miniature paintings, whimsical household spirits, meant to be guardian mascots for your home. Beáta is often inspired by antique art and cultural traditions of supernatural creatures, as well as the lovable spirit of everyday objects and simple joys in life.

Artwork detail:
Title: “Kamikiri”
Medium: Oil on Canvas, Framed
Size: 4.4″ x 5.7″ (unframed)
Made year: 2020
Please contact natsumi@aboutglamour.net for inquiry for this piece.

About The Yokai “Kamikiri”
“This little yokai is called the Kamikiri, the hair cutter, a mischievous hair thief demon who appears out of nowhere and loves to snap off locks of people’s hair unexpectedly. I read somewhere that these creature sometimes cut the hair of young women before their wedding day, to prevent the marriage from happening! But don’t worry, they only do it, if the bride is about the marry a bad person!” -Székely Beáta

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YOKAI NEIGHBORS

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Dear AG Gallery’s loyal Customers and all art lovers,
Thank you so much for staying in touch with us by keeping your contact in our mailing list. We truly hope that every one of you are safe from the novel COVID-19 and staying home as much as you can right now.

AG Gallery is pleased to announce that our upcoming group exhibition “YOKAI NEIGHBORS” is opening as scheduled on April 4, 2020. *The gallery however is temporarily closed and there will be no opening reception party.
It is our first exhibition in which we attempt to introduce species of Yokai as thing that are not just scary supernatural monsters, spirits, and demons, but things that live and exist very close to us in our everyday lives. By knowing them deeper through this exhibition they can enrich parts of your everyday life like doing housework, cooking, cleaning, going for a walk, doing trash because according to Japanese folklore there are various Yokai in this world existing almost everywhere we go.

It has been a big challenge for all of us for these past weeks. We hope that by opening the exhibition and sharing new art with you, it will bring you some joy and we hope we can contribute to cheer up our community, instead of cancelling the whole show.

Due to New York governor’s order relating to global spread of the novel covid-19, AG Gallery and all other galleries and non essential businesses in NYC have been ordered to close until further notice. AG Gallery will reopen when the city removes the restriction.

The group exhibition “Yokai Neighbors” was originally scheduled to be on view April 4, 2020 ~ May 17, 2020, but in order to give enough time and chance for the artists and our customers, we have decided to extend the exhibition period. AG Gallery will keep the upcoming exhibition open as scheduled, and the exhibition will be extended (the date will be TBA). Therefore, following exhibitions scheduled for 2020 will also be pushed back and they will be rescheduled as well.

While gallery is closed, AG Gallery will try to enrich the online materials of the exhibition and available work information on our website and SNS including our Instagram (@AGGalleryBrooklyn) more than usual, so you can experience some part of exhibition from home, so please make sure to go check them out.

List of Artists
Marcelo Gallegos
Ayako Ishiguro
Anri Mike
Lili Chin
Yokai Parade
Norico Chua
Takuya Kinoshita
Brian Richardson
Székely Beáta ‘Birdy’ of MBJ

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A HAPPY NEW YEAR 2020! Our Business Hour Changes

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2020 is coming very soon!

Thank you very much for all visit to AG Gallery throughout the year 2019. If you made it to any of our exhibitions in 2019, we very appreciate because that is one of the biggest supports and joy for us to curate exhibitions at our gallery.

We believe being an art collector is not something special today that only limited people can do, in a way that we have access to art and artists from many different ways, such as  SNS and online stores, that we did not have before. We believe becoming an art collector, however, is something special that adds fruitful qualities to our everyday life.

AG Gallery is excited for the new year to present new artworks from our gallery artists, as well as to introduce new artists to you all. We hope our gallery will continuously serve as a place to connect artists to our visitors in 2020 even more than 2019.

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Schedule changes for coming weeks:
We are open on December 31 from 12PM – 6pm and also open on January 1, 2020 from 1PM – 7PM. For January, we will be closed on Tuesdays, please make sure to visit us on other days.

Happy New Year and the Best Wishes from About Glamour+ AG Gallery!

 

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