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SHOW AND TELL HUMAN RESOURCES SEEKS PERFORMANCE ART FOR CHINATOWN OFFICE

Independent galleries have a hard enough time selling tangible objects of desire and quantified value like paintings and photographs, so one devoted mainly to presenting performance art would have its work cut out. Yet that challenge did not daunt the five friends who founded Human Resources in Chinatown’s small but densely-populated gallery district near Chung King Road almost exactly two years ago. HR is performance artist and 2012 Whitney Biennial feature Dawn Kasper; musician, composer and filmmaker Devin McNulty; philosophy student and software genius Eric Kim; his sister, Kathleen, a civil rights attorney and violinist; and musician, performer and professional investigator Giles Miller. Between and among some of them they often create and perform original art and music—but the truth is, Human Resources is as much a collaborative work of art as it is a gallery. They program by consensus, and two years in and with a calendar programmed through Fall, they still show real excitement about making the otherwise strange and potentially forbidding experience of per formance ar t comf y and accessible, especially for new audiences. As Eric Kim explains, “We try to bolster a community that we want to be a part of, too.” LA is symbolically seductive, but, he continues, “it’s not really a fully realized ‘hub’ for new performance art... but that can change.” A year after they launched on Bernard Street, they moved around the block to Cottage Home Street, into a renovated movie theatre on an otherwise sleepy residential block. Complete with dressing rooms, projection-centric architecture, light and sound set-ups, a ticket-counter, and of course, a huge clean white room, the new space marked a turning point for HR, and since then their programming has grown and gone national. Yet their primary focus remains not only “exposing under-shown local artists, but also reviving an important genre, partly by remaking and broadening its audience base.” Gamely but perhaps just the least bit ruefully, he remarks, “We have never been tethered by preconceived notions of what running a space entailed. We do some regular object-based shows. That was not our intention but we get good proposals, and sometimes we just can’t say no.” STORY // SHANA NYS DAMBROT Get on the mailing list at humanresourcesla.com, and follow them on Facebook for the latest news on shows and events. LOCATION: 410 Cottage Home St Los Angeles, CA 90012

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INSIDE: SHARK TOOF, KENDRICK LAMAR, AARON SHEPPARD, ILAN HALL, BEAUTY IS IN THE STREETS, HUMAN RESOURCES, THE AIRLINER, URBAN EATS, UMAMICAT...

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