Katrina del Mar – Feral Women / Filmed Portraits

Press release by Leslie-Lohman Museum of Gay and Lesbian Art. Photos courtesy of the artist.

Katrina del Mar – Feral Women / Filmed Portraits

"Sophie, Iron Maiden," 2016, by Katrina del MarDecember 9, 2016 through December 11, 2016
Opening Reception: Friday, December 9, 2016 6-8pm
Tough Girls and Lucid Dreamers (live reading & music): Saturday, December 10 6-8pm
Film Screening: Sunday, December 11, 2016 6-8 pm
Location: Prince Street Project Space 127B Prince Street, NYC.

A work by Katrin del MarIn a solo exhibition of new and archival work, Katrina del Mar revels in her fascination and obsession with Feral Women: a riveting and immersive exhibition of photo portraits, filmed portraits, black velvet paintings and drawings. “Women expressing wildness, sometimes overt, sometimes subtle, is a manifestation of innate power. The high hard femme, the bad girl, the rocker, the biker, the surfer-selfie, are icons of a new feminist pantheon.” The implied mirror or screen, a disrupted transmissive surface for exploring known and newly discovered selves via queer selfie drawings and filmed portraits, challenge accepted norms of representation.

Events During Exhibition

Tough Girls and Lucid Dreamers live reading / music series features poet and novelist Eileen Myles, poet Pamela Sneed, poet Mel Elberg, Katrina del Mar, and musicians Karyn Kuhl, Genny Slag, Kaki King, and Fiona Silver. Saturday, December 10 6-8pm
Film Screening (various short films TBD) Sunday December 11, 2016 6-8pm

Artist Biography: Katrina del Mar

is a New York-based photographer, video artist, writer, and award-winning film director. Katrina del Mar is perhaps best known for her decades-long work in video and photography, chronicling the reality and illusion of her Lower East Side friends and lovers as punk heroines; or within her girl gang movie world of strictly female population. Creating a family tree indebted equally to B-movies and diaristic photography, del Mar’s defiantly queer photographs and videos are iconic alternatives to the cultural status quo, offering an exuberant, hyper-stylized sexuality, an unapologetic feminist voice, and often guerilla-style production tactics. Her solo exhibition GIRLS GIRLS GIRLS was presented in January 2013 at Participant Inc. in New York. Del Mar has shown her critically acclaimed “Girl Gang Trilogy” of films internationally, including venues such as the Museum for Contemporary Art (CAPC), Bordeaux, France, the Fringe Film Festival, London, UK, 2012; the MoMA Dome 2 in Rockaway Beach.
Del Mar’s work has garnered numerous awards including a fellowship in video from the New York Foundation for the Arts.

Prince St. Project Space

Programming is administered by the Leslie-Lohman Museum of Gay and Lesbian Art. It is curated by Charles W. Leslie and is a venue for artists to exhibit and sell their work. Artists and Curators submit exhibitions that fit within the Museum’s curatorial standards. The Project space is located at 127-B Prince Street in the SoHo neighborhood of New York City. Admission is free and hours are dictated by show.

[Images above: Katrina del Mar, “Sophie, Iron Maiden,” 2016, Oil Pastel on paper, 22 x 30 in.. Courtesy of the artist.
Katrina del Mar, Suzy Hotrod playing guitar in her living room,” 2011, Chromogenic Print on Metallic Paper, 50 x 70 in. Courtesy of the artist.]