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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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ORANGE IN A CORNER by Haejin Park

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ORANGE IN A CORNER
HAEJIN PARK

September 16 ~ October 15, 2017
Opening Reception: September 16  6-8PM

 

AG Gallery is pleased to announce Haejin Park’s first solo exhibition “ORANGE IN A CORNER”, opening on September 16, 2017. Please be invited for the opening reception on Saturday, September 16, and meet the artist.

Haejin Park is a New York based artist and illustrator. Please be invited for the opening reception and meet the artist on Saturday, September 16 evening. Haejin graduated from Rhode Island School of Design with BFA in Illustration, and since then she has been working as an illustrator based in New York City. Her clients include New York Times, BuzzFeed, PLANSPONSOR, Portland Mercury, edible Manhattan, and more. She has received awards from 3×3, Society of Illustrators, Association of Illustrators. She also enjoys writing zines and making small books. She has been traveling and selling those zines and books at following events ; Rhode Island Expo, Comic Art Chicago, Toronto Comic Arts Festival, Museum of Comic Arts.

If you knew even a little bit about her work, that means also you have met unique characters living in her work. Those characters (such as Mushroom Dancer, Toilet Princess, and Worm Players, and more…) are like signs that take you to her original stories and imaginary fairly tales. Her academic background is Illustration, however, larger scale paintings, drawings, and sculptures that she has kept making in her personal time are as powerful as her illustration with vivid colors and cheerful energy, only they are bigger and we can feel her imagination, joy of creation, and freedom. This will be the first opportunity that we can enjoy a collection of Haejin Park’s personal works.

Artist Statement
Two girls live in my room.
One is a five years old, she is quiet and decisive, sitting on a center.
And an older girl in a corner. She is sick and red, always desiring manic feelings.
I work like constantly switching back and forth between them.

I start by creating characters such as Worm Players, Big Headed Boy, Mushroom Dancer, Toilet Princess. After tilting them, I get excited to add a story and fill out the surroundings. With an illustration background, my process is like writing a short story.
I use watercolor as my main medium, as I think it is innocent and honest.
Recently, I started to make them into a fun toy using air dry clay and paper mache.   
Orange In A Corner is my first solo exhibition. It will show my recent personal works, featuring original watercolor paintings, drawings, zines, and sculptures.

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