Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Henry Taylor | Opening WPA

Henry Taylor | Couch Paintings
September 30 - October 23
Opening Reception | Thursday September 30th 7-10pm.

WPA is proud to present a new exhibition from Henry Taylor,
Couch Paintings.

Gallery hours:
Open 12-6pm, Thursday - Saturday or by appointment.

Friday, July 9, 2010

Andrea Bowers | Review

Christopher Knight has reviewed Andrea's current Show.
Click to view it here.
Also you can view the video on her artist page here on the site.

Thursday, May 6, 2010

New Artist Video | Andrew Hahn

Guide-LA is pleased to announce a new Artist Video by Andrew Hahn. This Super 8 film documents the recent performance at WPA Gallery of "Introducing Achilla".

Achillia - Sarah Tadayon
Countess - Terri Phillips
Militant Girls - Nicole Wang and Aiko Hachisuka
camera - Andrew Hahn and Dennis Hollingsworth
editor - Fil Rüting

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
Web: humanresourcesla.com
Email: hmnrsrcs.la@gmail.com
Contacts: Eric Kim (213) 453-0539; Kathleen Kim (415) 269-3676

Thursday, February 18, 2010

Andrew Hahn | Opening

Andrew Hahn | Paintings for Achillia

February 20 - March 21
Opening Reception, February 20, 7-10pm

WPA is pleased to present an exhibition of new paintings and prints by Andrew Hahn. “Paintings for Achillia” features three oil paintings that continue Hahn’s investigation of the female portrait, but here his ghostly cinematic and disembodied faces achieve a grand scale, and the figurative fragmentation of bound feet shows up in two of the paintings. For Hahn, these works are like film stills from a surrealist movie about a female Achilles, a perversion of the Greek myth, that has yet to be made. The paintings’ surface remains relatively flat, though complex with Hahn’s layering techniques of both scraping wet and sanding dry paint, creating filters and blurred lines, and the occasional element of spraypaint, all making the canvases, and the fleshy subject matter, appear attacked.
Like in his earlier series of 50 photorealistic watercolors of crime scenes or his feature-length bio-pic on the Unabomber, these new paintings are about the procedural, assembling clues in a documentary fantasy, privileging fiction over fact. The depths of literature as well as the movement of projected film can be allegorized as a motive for Hahn’s mechanics of painting, wherein he has set up his own classical story of fear and seduction, paranoia and vulnerability.
Also on display is his varicolored collection of ‘Unfinished Girl’ monotypes. In the context of this installation, the artist has referred to these quickly painted and transferred portraits as “a casting call for various Achillias.” The chance blurring and smearing created in the printing process does much of the work in creating the psychological story of his subjects. These prints are installed in the office alongside the same lithographic press from which they were pulled.

Andrew Hahn lives and works in Los Angeles.

Gallery open 12-6pm, Thursday - Sunday or by appointment.

Tuesday, February 9, 2010

New Artist Video | John Tottenham

Guide-LA.com is please to announce a new artist video of John Tottenham's performance at Pharmacy Presents: Thursday January 28th at the Mountain Bar in Los Angeles, Chinatown.

Friday, January 29, 2010

Conversation | Adam Janes Studio Visit

New Conversation | Watch Online Now!
Dennis Hollingsworth visits Adam Janes in his Chinatown studio to catch up on his recent show in Paris and discuss Adam's ongoing sculptural practice. In this interview the artists themselves operate 4 small digital cameras, while talking to each other.