The Last Opening at Strange Loop Gallery, New York
Press release by Strange Loop Gallery
Strange Loop Gallery Proudly presents:
KATRINA DEL MAR: ‘SUMMER SANG IN ME’
March 7-28, 2014
opening hours Thursday – Sunday 12-7pm
PS: This is also the last opening at our gallery: we will be closing our doors April 1st, so don’t miss it!
Sunday March 16th from 3-5pm: ‘Tea with Katrina’: informal artist talk, reading, video showing.
Saturday March 22nd 7-9pm: ‘AN EVENING WITH KATRINA AND FRIENDS’
Sarah Greenwood, Karyn Kuhl, Lizzie (aka Imperial Alexandra), readings by Amanda Pollock, and Katrina del Mar, more special guests TBD.
Summer Sang in Me
a solo exhibition featuring photographs, videos and zines by New York-based artist Katrina del Mar. ‘Summer Sang In Me’ is a compilation of Katrina del Mar’s intimate photographic and video portraits of lovers, ex lovers, close friends and beautiful strangers. Entwined with self-portraits and elemental landscapes, these images map out the semi-fictional road trip of her life. In no particular order Del Mar is an artist, photographer, human being, lover. Her style is realistic /romantic; messy at times, tactile, beautiful, and gritty. Her pictures are foremost captured with a taste and passion for life in general, and for women in all their individuality of beauty and power in particular.
Reading like an unbound, semi-fictive yet very personal journal, the images, video clips and zines make up a story of restlessness, a study in fascination verging on obsession. The insistent drive to hold onto remnants of people so as not to lose their memory results in a type of souvenir collecting of a most personal nature, and a longer temporal narrative emerges which sees participants striding in and out of the story sometimes once, sometimes many times. This exhibition serves up a softer, more romantic side of del Mar’s work, although the tough girl aesthetic clearly shines on in a series of images of planned bruises and fight-club aftermath, where tough girls proudly display evidence of their damage alongside evidence of unbridled lust.
“Katrina Del Mar has been active in underground film, photography and erotic fiction for two decades, and her vision is as transcendent as it is transgressive._ Carlo McCormick, Photograph Magazine
“Any effort to map Katrina Del Mar’s cross-genre oeuvre within the contemporary art or film worlds would run the risk of missing its epic nature.” Jenifer P Borum
STRANGE LOOP GALLERY
27 ORCHARD STREET
(BETWEEN HESTER AND CANAL STREETS)
NEW YORK CITY