Friday, April 30, 2010

Human Resources | Opening

New Neighbours to WPA and François Ghebaly Gallery - Human Resources are having an opening event for May Day.
Featuring music by:
My Barbarian, Mad Gregs, Wounded Lion, Corey Fogel, Lucy Indiana Dodd, Dawn Kasper, Sharon Hayes, W.A.G.E (Working Artists and the Greater Economy)
DJ’ing by Anh Do and Ian Marshall

Los Angeles, California, April 17, 2010 - On May 1, 2010, Human Resources opens its doors to the world with its inaugural May Day event. Located in the vibrant arts district of Chinatown, Los Angeles, Human Resources was founded by a collective of creative individuals who collaborate to curate exhibits focused on the experimental performative arts. To this end, Human Resources’ May Day event will showcase performances from musical artists, Mad Gregs and Wounded Lion; performance collective My Barbarian; performance artists, Lucy Indiana Dodd, Corey Fogel and Dawn Kasper; and video presentations from Sharon Hayes and W.A.G.E. (Working Artists and the Greater Economy). Drawing upon the celebratory and labor-oriented cultural themes of May Day, Human Resources’ May Day event promotes a festive atmosphere with a labor rights consciousness. The event will begin with video presentations at 7pm. The live music and performance art program begins at 9pm. Admission is free.

May Day at Human Resources will converge cutting edge, internationally recognized artists from multiple disciplines. The evening begins with video presentations from New York-based W.A.G.E., an advocacy group that challenges the current economics of the art world from an artist-as-worker perspective, and Sharon Hayes, who utilizes video, performance, and installation to investigate the relations of history, politics and speech to the process of individual and collective subject formation. A special convocation of the new gallery space will be held by My Barbarian, a musical performance trio that explores cross-cultural misadventures in mythology and popular culture. Dawn Kasper continues the program with her investigation of existing and created emotional structure through performance art. Lucy Indiana Dodd uses colorful tapestries, found materials and drawing to structure poetic force of nature performance actions. Musical quartet Mad Gregs follows with their unique blend of vocal and instrumental harmonies. Musician and performance artist, Corey Fogel, then engages the audience with a solo performance incorporating musical improvisation and unpredictable encounters with materials and instruments. The post-garage music of Wounded Lion which has recorded with In the Red, SS Records and Gilongo, closes the performance program. DJ’ing by Anh Do and Ian Marshall will be interspersed throughout the evening.

According to co-founder and directing member, Eric Kim, “Our grand opening May Day celebration reflects our commitment to exhibiting diverse performative arts. We aim to increase public accessibility and awareness of the artistic value of these non-traditional art forms by supporting the work of performative artists in a traditional art gallery setting.” Directing member and performance artist Dawn Kasper adds “We are enthusiastic about the creative potential of this space both for the artists and the audience. By highlighting performative art, Human Resources fills an important niche in the Los Angeles art community. Live performance also engages the viewer in uniquely important ways, instigating an immediate and visceral response.”

Recognizing the relative absence of art spaces devoted to performance, Human Resources departs from the traditional visual art gallery, to support the expression of art performers by providing them with a gallery venue as well as video and sound archiving of performances that take place there. Human Resources is entirely volunteer run and seeks to foster widespread public appreciation of the performative arts by encouraging maximum community access. Human Resources also serves as a point of convergence for diverse and disparate art communities to engage in conversation and idea-sharing promoting the sustainability of non-traditional art forms.

Human Resources
510 Bernard Street
Los Angeles, CA 90012
Contacts: Eric Kim (213) 453-0539; Kathleen Kim (415) 269-3676

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