If you've seen Robert Altman's classic Western McCabe and Mrs. Miller, you know how much sway the sad, satirical Leonard Cohen score has over the film's aura. A similar mood pervades Gustavo Herrera and Spencer Douglass's installation in Chinatown's tiny Actual Size gallery. Shrinelike arrays of objects flank a dialogue-free video projection. In the video, Herrera plays Hollenbeck, the 19th-century tycoon who went from broke transient to owner of 6,728 acres of East L.A. The soundtrack even includes traces of Cohen's music, though it's dominated by Charles Mingus' tragic track “The Clown.”

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