Galleries / Loading Zone is a new multi-use wide-open loft in Chinatown above Amy’s Place on Hotel Street, born from the disciplines of dancer Linda Kuo and painter Chanel Tanaka–women who want to fuse the boundaries between their two arts. “Art comes in many forms,” said Tanaka. “We’re trying to broaden the definitions.” They hold a series of events every First Friday that blur these lines, showcasing local artists and teaching dance through performance.
This month’s event, called Pop Art @ Loading Zone, will feature a stencil workshop by Joel Gaspar, as well as art from Gaspar, Kris Goto (an artist featured in this week’s cover story on the Artists Lofts in Chinatown), Hundo, a pop dance performance by Kuo’s Dancers Unlimited, adornments by Nanea Jewelry and frozen adult beverages on a stick by Lush Pops.
As art director at SoHo for two years, Tanaka developed a thick network of local artists, learning how to give them the appreciation they deserve by seeing the wrong way to do it at SoHo. “I felt really bad working for them,” she said of SoHo’s brisk art shows. “I learned how not to treat artists . . . Loading Zone was created so that their art will be appreciated. That’s why we named it ‘Loading Zone.’ We want it to be a place to unload your creativity.”