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January 15 - February 5, 2011

Actual Size Los Angeles is pleased to announce, Pals or Pals for Life / Life for Pals, a teleplay about the dialectics of friendship under the strain of artistic endeavor. On January 15th the gallery will host a premiere of the approximately 34-minute video piece, which was shot principally in January 2011 at the Actual Size gallery. Created in the style of a traditional studio audience television program, Pals revels in the angst and emotion of four friends/lovers who must install their respective artworks in the presence of frenemies large and small. Though each character in the film is named after a specific human being, the story implies that these are simple archetypes from a vast universe of narcissistic micro-movements.

Pals features performances by Wilson Chang, Richard Lidinsky, PJ Risse, and Natascha Snellman, with cinematography by Tyler Jamison and original theme music composed by Wilson Chang. Three rotating versions of the show poster will be on exhibit in the gallery through the duration of the performance from January 3rd to February 5th, 2011. The gallery will open to the public on the 15th of January for the first screening of Pals and an artists reception. The film will also be on view during gallery hours and by appointment from January 15th - February 5th, 2011.

In addition to the screening of the final film, works by the artists featured in Pals will be on view at Collective Show LA from January 20th - 30th, 2011. Collective Show is an artist-organized, ten day exhibition of contemporary art collectives. This collaboratively curated "group show of group shows" features local artist-run spaces, independent curatorial initiatives, not-for-profit endeavors and web-based groups established in the last five years. To find out more go to

Wilson Chang, b. 1981 Taipei, Taiwan. He studied Fine Art at UCLA and received his undergraduate degree in Philosophy. He currently lives and works in Los Angeles, CA.

Richard Lidinsky, b. 1976 Baltimore, MD, writes independently for print, stage and visual media. In December 2010 he participated in the exhibition Situations and Forms at Loisaida in New York. He is currently filming a dramatic piece, Mean Streets and Pastel Houses, in New York and Los Angeles, to be exhibited in July 2011 at Beacon Arts. Interested actors and non-actors should contact him c/o Actual Size Los Angeles.

P.J. Risse, b. 1973 Portland, Oregon, lives and works in Los Angeles. He received his BFA in 2003 from Pratt Institute in Brooklyn, NY. His site specific performances have been filmed in New York, Tucson, and Los Angeles. He has been included in group shows at RocksBox Fine Art, and Roberts & Tilton.

Natascha Snellman was raised in Amsterdam, Seattle and Portland. Natascha lives and works in Los Angeles. She holds a BFA from Pacific NW College of Art and an MFA from Art Center College of Design. Snellman recently had a solo exhibition entitled Face Facade at Fourteen30 Contemporary in Portland. Three recent group shows in Los Angeles were Play It As It Lays at Space 15 Twenty, Standard Deviation at See-Line Gallery, and Gray Day at Robert's & Tilton. NSNELLMAN.TUMBLR.COM

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