FOLK MEDIC: New Works by Kris Chau, Ako Castuera, and Hellen Jo at Subliminal Projects

November 13, 2018






1331 W Sunset Blvd Los Angeles, CA 90026


ECHO PARK – Subliminal Projects is pleased to present FOLK MEDIC, an exhibition of new works by Kris Chau, Ako Castuera, and Hellen Jo.

The sane and the supernatural find equal footing in this collection of new work by three friends. FOLK MEDIC and the works within it are acts of healing made in a time of historic upheaval. This upheaval bears threats against our physical bodies, our intangible selves, and the sustaining resource that is our ability to connect with one another. The works are presented as conduits for the forces that affect us all, underscoring the idea that we are not isolated but rather on a collective path. In FOLK MEDIC, we anchor ourselves within our relationships with great joy and gratitude.

This exhibition was made possible by the support of OBEY CLOTHING.


“The driving principle of Subliminal Projects is that art should be accessible to everyone and that art can come from many different perspectives and cultural niches. Good art is good art, whether it’s done on an album cover, a skateboard, canvas, or found cardboard.” – Shepard Fairey

Subliminal Projects is a multi-functional project space and gallery established by Shepard Fairey and Blaize Blouin in 1995 as a way to introduce skateboard culture and design to the art world. The concept grew and found roots later in Los Angeles, at a time when many artists found themselves shut out by the “art scene.” Subliminal Projects emerged as a gallery that championed emerging and marginalized artists, built out of cultural importance to serve as a center for the community to openly express and spark dialogue about art, music and activism. Now located in the historic neighborhood of Echo Park, Subliminal Projects continues to offer a platform for artistic exploration and innovation.

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KRIS CHAU is a first generation Vietnamese Chinese American from Honolulu, Hawaii whose parents are Refugees from the Vietnam War. Her work is an ever evolving language of symbolism gathered from different cultures and mythologies, as well as the healing arts of just painting your questions, answers, hurts, and joys.

For more information, please visit or follow her Instagram (@chaufacetime).

AKO CASTUERA is an Okinawan-Mexican American artist from Los Angeles. Her sculptures combine animal, human, botanical and architectural elements suggesting a world of fluid borders and intangible connections. She is also known for her work as a storyboard artist and writer on the television show, ‘Adventure Time’.

For more information, please visit or follow her Instagram (@akocastuera).

HELLEN JO is a second generation Korean American from South San Jose; she has been living in Los Angeles for eight years. Her work depicts sullen, disaffected teenage girls in paintings, comics, and illustration. She has a special fascination for the AZN schoolyard bul- lies of her late nineties adolescence.

For more information, please visit or follow her Instagram (@helllllenjjjjjo).