Katrina del Mar GIRLS GIRLS GIRLS Participant Inc.

I am so buzzzed, happy & grateful. Sunday night’s opening of GIRLS GIRLS GIRLS at Participant Inc. was packed with lovely people who were happy for me, happy to see one another, & really into the works. Show’s up til Feb 17: Wed-Sun 12-7 Lia Gangitano you are amazing to work with. Nancy Loeber thanks for helping me put those books together. The prints looked gorgeous thanks Carl Saytor of LuxLab! — at PARTICIPANT INC. 253 East Houston Street NY NY 10002

MORE INFO from the press release:

From January 13 – February 17, 2013, PARTICIPANT INC is proud to present GIRLS GIRLS GIRLS, a solo exhibition featuring photographs, videos, and hand-made books by New York-based artist Katrina del Mar.

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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.

Particularly informed by the Greek word ekphrasis, a rhetorical device in which a description of a work becomes the work in and of itself, del Mar has described her practice as operating in a similar exchange: book covers and movie posters come before the books and movies and, in some instances, stand alone. She has noted, “Long after my films are finished, I am writing the novels they should have been based on. I write modern myths set in urban environments.”

With this logic in mind, GIRLS GIRLS GIRLS presents an expansive selection of photographic works, beginning with a shelf of handmade pulp fiction paperbacks. Their covers, designed first, become starting points for del Mar’s fictional excursions inside, though some remain empty. On the walls, photographs are grouped into loose narratives. Arcs and archetypes—surfer girls, bike gangs, girls playing in their rooms, bedroom scenes including the artist and others—feature dogs, cars, leather, tattoos. These become fictionalized signifiers of the threat of women’s violence, which the artist, as ringleader, marshals as an active participant. Adding light and color to the powers that urban life has to offer, del Mar creates “…a fantasy that moves from violence to sex rather than vice versa….” (Chicago Reader)

Jenifer P. Borum has noted of del Mar’s work: “These glimpses she gives us are not of marginal inhabitants of our world. Those leather femmes with their dogs. Those pierced, sleeved-out dykes on the street. They look like they’re from the cool neighborhood of the city, but they’re not from here. Like Henry Darger’s In the Realms of the Unreal, del Mar’s world is both epic and dystopian—a fictional reality that seems very much like our own, only with different rules.”

Interview on TV

Here is the TV interview with Vera Solvadottir I mentioned in my post about the trip to Denmark & Iceland.

Outrageous underground fantasies.
I have to say THANKS to everyone who helped me out w the movies.. (in the interview I say I do it ALL but I really don’t..woops)
Gang Girls 2000 Credits
Surf Gang Credits
Hell on Wheels Gang Girls Forever Credits

Denmark / Iceland 2012

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Recently I went to Iceland and Denmark to screen my films and show my photography. I visited cities I’d never been to before, met interesting beautiful people, was on the front page of the paper, national radio, interviewed on national tv, called ‘a friend of iceland’ saw beautiful landscapes and felt snow falling on my face while floating on my back in a hot geothermal pool.

Getting off the plane in New York, the line I want to deliver: “I’m so depressed. I’ve eaten nothing but cheese and bread for a week. Europe. Good bread.” I don’t say this line, I’m not depressed (I’m just a little blue and distracted) and I’ve eaten almost every kind of food there is. Peas and Fish in mustard sauce. Lamb skewers. Chinese soup. Filet of reindeer. Skyr. I walked everywhere, I swam. I feel great.

DENMARK / Copenhagen

“Last nights artist talk by Katrina Del Mar was an amazing trip back in time to New York City 1988 and onwards. Alice Maude Roxby’s lecture gave insights in the subtle relations between the performance artist and the art photographer. Yoshiko Shimada showed excerpts of her work with Bubu de La Madelaine in the context of the live art scene in Japan in the 1990’s. Thank you to the many people who showed up and for the interesting discussion.” -Christian Van Schijndel

On the Edge of Society: Moments in Live Art –

LECTURE & PHOTO EXHIBITION
Public Event for Warehouse9
Curated by Jane Graham (UK/DK) Live discussion & artists’ talk, Friday 20 January
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Katrina del Mar & Dona Ann McAdams (US) present a series of films and photographs from the Golden Age of Performance Art (1988-2000) and discuss their impact on art history.
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Katrina del Mar presents a series of approx. 200 images from her vast archives. These images show the New York underground in all its brash, bloody, colourful and outrageousness. Featured performers include Kembra Pfahler and her band the Voluptuous Horror of Karen Black, Chloe Dzubilo, Jayne County, Lunachicks, Antony Hegarty, Johanna Constantine, Michelley Queen of Queens, Sherri Vine, World Famous Bob and Karen Finley. Venues featured include many of the most happening spaces in the East Village pre-2000, like the Pyramid (home of Black Lips Performance Cult and Trip & Go Naked), Squeezebox, Limelight, Jackie 60…

Warehouse9 is in an old cattle holding area in the slaughterhouse district. The organizers Jorgen, Christian & Gritt are fabulous, they are all cool, accomplished and welcoming. Curator Jane Graham masterminded this show and she’s a sweetheart to work with. Gritt took me to the cool lesbian bars and a yoga class. I stayed at Carsten’s (fabulous gay) guest house.

I like finding and attending secret society meetings when I travel. Somehow I found my way up 11 flights of stairs to a tiny room in a tower where 25 or so people were talking about the benefits of meditation. In Danish. I didn’t understand a word. I found a seat in the back and eventually snoozed.

The curator and the other artist talk artists all went to dinner at a local Thai Restaurant called Porn Sak. I asked for the T shirt and the server informed me I would have to work there to get one.

Katrina and Alice Maude Roxby at Porn Sak photo by Yoshiko Shimada

While I’m in Copenhagen a debate roils on facebook. Betsy Todd thinks it’s ridiculous that any of my friends ought to suggest that I direct porn films. She says “So…after being in the photo/film game and being at the forefront of chronicling NYC underground queer and rock n roll culture for over 20yrs, the suggestion for KdM is to direct porn? Wow. Nice friends!”
Anyway, I think they’re all just joking. Right?

Looking at Art in Copenhagen photo by Katrina del Mar

Looking at Art in Copenhagen photo by Katrina del Mar

On the Edge of Society: Moments in Live Art Katrina del Mar @ Warehouse9 Copenhagen

During the Artists Talk Yoshiko Shimada screened the video where she’s pulling a string of scarves out of a woman’s vagina. It reminded me of seeing Lady Hennessy at the Pyramid Club in the late 80’s; a night I shall never forget even though (strangely) I was without a camera and didn’t shoot a single frame.

As is stated above the show was based on photography of performance based art from 1988-2000 I spent weeks digging through my archives to prepare for the show and I found so much great imagery. I hope this body of work can continue to be seen and shown. Eventually I’ll post excerpts of the actual work here.

ICELAND / Reykjavik & Moesfellsbaer

Iceland was snowy, more snowy than it’s been in decades. People here haven’t seen this kind of snow since they were children. I thought about those global warming theories I’ve heard where they say it’s warming up around the equator and it’s going to get colder at the poles. Iceland is beautiful, just like they say. Eerie and moonlike, with rainbows and aurora borealis. Fairyland. While I was there, a blizzard occurred every night and it was gorgeous every day.
We swam in hot geothermal pools did saunas and then ran through the snow.
Oh and we had a film screening of my GIRL GANG TRILOGY.
I made front page news and national TV in this wild nation.
Interview with Katrina del Mar on Icelandic TV
The screening was well attended (especially considering it was such a bad blizzard the roads and the airport shut down the next day) we had a crowd of Icelanders who laughed loudly through the funny scenes. People either get my films or they don’t and these people got it. I was pretty happy. The cinema was gorgeous and the films looked & sounded great.

Hell on Wheels seen from the projection room Bio Paradis, Reykjavik

Katrina del Mar w singer Nana Alfreds at Radio RUV, Reykjavik

Trilogy of UNDERGROUND GIRL GANG MOVIES FROM NYC
Bio Paradis, Reykjavik
Bandaríska költ-leikstýran Katrina Del Mar sýnir þrjár mynda sinna og svarar spurningum gesta á eftir.
Miðvikudaginn 25. janúar kl. 20
GANG GIRLS 2000 Super 8mm / 25:20
Surf Gang Super8mm / Video 35 min.
Hell on Wheels Gang Girls Forever!! HD Video / Super 8mm film 35 min.

I didn’t once handle cash in Iceland. I was supremely hosted by wealthy lesbians. I have patrons there, it seems. As a result I felt a bit like a dependent child, content to sleep in the back seat of the car, to go where they wanted to go and eat where and what they wanted to eat. They were paying, after all. I said “I’m easy like Sunday morning.” They laughed.

Director Katrina del Mar w Icelandic Pals at Bio Paradis in Reykjavik

Vera Sölvadóttir interviews Katrina del Mar for TV

Movie Screening: HELL ON WHEELS GANG GIRLS FOREVER, NYC April 16

Movie Screening: HELL ON WHEELS GANG GIRLS FOREVER
Hey New York,  if you missed this movie’s SOLD OUT, STANDING ROOM ONLY Premiere last year, come see it Saturday April 16th in New York City!
Two screenings: 8pm and 10 pm! Saturday April 16th
Tickets only $7
Bar 82 136 2nd Avenue between St Mark’s Place and 9th Street NYC
http://www.bar82nyc.com (212) 228-8636
Trains: 6 to Astor Place  / N,R to 8th Street
MORE INFO:
If you missed this movie’s SOLD OUT, STANDING ROOM ONLY Premiere last year, come see it NOW in New York City!
Director Katrina del Mar will be present, and will be selling DVD’s of this INSTANT CULT CLASSIC

Katrina del Mar presents HELL ON WHEELS GANG GIRLS FOREVER the award-winning* girl gang movie that winds up her cult classic girl-gang trilogy! Burning up the dirty streets and blazing down the pavement, everything is all wheels all the time. Dyslexic Bikers, Homeless Queer Skateboarders, Violent Rollerskaters, Scooter riders with Gambling Parlors and HotRods for the Differently Abled! A Superlong Roster of Sizzling Superstars and a soundtrack of pure poprock bliss.

Hell on Wheels Gang Girls Forever directed by Katrina del Mar production still l-r Jessica Templin, Sarah Greenwood, Betsy Todd, Dolinda Meeker, Meredith Miller


SYNOPSIS: Brooklyn girl gang member Krank, after being shot in a mysterious guinea pig lab rescue incident, comes home from the hospital in a wheelchair to find her cats are gone, her mother is still insane and her gang is kicking her out. She turns to her best friend, the Mechanic, who gives her a pep talk and offers to turn her heap of crap wheelchair into a hot rod. Krank then joins the Outcasts, NYC girl gang wheel riders with a twist. The Outcasts are lead by Krash, a dyslexic cyclist who can only cycle backwards. The other girls in the gang have strange maladies such as Height Dysphoria and French Monotonism. Sparks fly between Krank and the upside-down skateboarder, Flip and clearly, Krank is ready to ride again. Meanwhile, the E. V. Ills, a violent roller derby gang led by C-Roll, tear up the track and dance the night away; the Slayers, homeless queer girl skateboarders panhandle and fish for crabs in New York City’s East River; and the Full Tilts ride scooters and run numbers in the city’s only Roller Disco Betting Parlor.

*Accolade Award of Merit Best Experimental Film 2010
Hell on Wheels IN THE NEWS!
TimeOut NY Hell on Wheels Hits the Screen “If you’re tooling around the city in the next few days and happen to catch a glimpse of raven-haired, septum-ringed photographer-turned-filmmaker Katrina del Mar, don’t be surprised if she’s got a mob of equally badass girls in tow. That’d be the massive cast of her latest short, “Hell on Wheels: Gang Girls Forever,” which she’s filming in parks and on street corners throughout Williamsburg and the Lower East Side, practically up until the moment of this week’s premiere.” -Beth Greenfield, TimeOut NYLIKE IT ON FACEBOOK:

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RSVP via Facebook Event: http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=213567375320052
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TIME OUT NY
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Making a film in two days

I had the pleasure to conduct the first ever “Queer feminist Trash Film Workshop with Katrina del Mar” at the University of the Arts (Hochschule für Künste Bremen) in Bremen, Germany organized by Daniela Wustenberg, co-organizer & curator of the Queerfilm Festival of Bremen.

In two days, the participants in the film workshop wrote, shot, edited and publicly screened a short film.

Senya & Ray Dee as Runaway & Sailorboy

On the first day, Daniela introduced me to the class of about 15 students and artists. I explained how my films get made and showed some excerpts. I talked about influences and some of the motifs of trash films, guerilla filmmaking, D.I.Y. sensibility and the pure hype sensationalism of B-Movies. Everyone then introduced themselves and gave a list of any special talents or skills they might have (these included law, screenprinting, tattooing, kung fu, theater, performance, costume design, graphic design, photography and music). Then everyone indicated whether they preferred to act on camera or be crew.

We then set to work collectively writing a story based on the participants skills and desires and the locations and props available to us within the area.
What we had around the workshop actually proved to be pretty astounding. There was a circus nearby. And a harbor. And a carnival. We had willing and talented actors and an amazing abundance of creative ideas.
The story was written before lunch, and at lunch people went home to get costumes and props while I stayed on and quickly sketched out storyboards.
After lunch, we split into two groups; one for interiors and one smaller group filmed exteriors. We finished shooting at about 6pm. A few of us reconvened later in the evening to film scenes at the local carnival.

Eike & Annie at the Freimaak Carnival

The next day we split into groups again. The one student who knew Final Cut Pro started editing, others continued filming while others began working on poster designs based on still photos taken the day before. We also settled on a title for the film, “Runaway & Sailorboy” (although “Sinister Circus” was a close runner up)
I then joined in the editing room and helped to edit down a rough cut as shooting continued.
We screened a rough cut of the movie the same night, after the “Night of the Gang Girls” film screening at Kino 46.
Still Photos from “Runaway & Sailor Boy” (aka Sinister Circus) a short film written, produced, shot edited and publicly screened (rough cut) in two days (!!!) by the participants of the Queer feminist Trash Film Workshop with Katrina del Mar at the Hochschule der Künste Bremen / Academy of Fine Arts Bremen
With help from the Rosa-Luxemburg-Initiative Bremen and masterminded by Hank Bobbit aka Daniela Wusterberg & Elianna Satanowskowa

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Katrina nominated for Prestigious RHM foundation Grant

Katrina del Mar is among a group of artists nominated for the prestigious Rema Hort Mann Foundation Grant

http://rhmfoundation.org/collect/index.php/selection/web-nominee/41-katrina/

The Rema Hort Mann Foundation was created in September 1995 by friends and family of Rema Hort Mann to honor her joyful and vivacious life after her untimely death from stomach cancer at age 30.The Foundation was born around a kitchen table with the intent to celebrate Rema’s life. Through the efforts of friends and associates, it has evolved into a dynamic and effective organization, acting as an advocate for emerging artists and a bedrock of support for individuals suffering from cancer. To carry out these goals, we offer unrestricted grants, by nomination only, to promising artists who demonstrate an ability and commitment to making substantial contributions to the arts, but require financial support to do so. And we provide grants for travel, accommodations, child care and related expenses to help strengthen the emotional and familial support for cancer patients while they are undergoing treatment.

Combining these two missions is our way of commemorating Rema’s life and upholding the passions closest to her heart.

The Rema Hort Mann Foundation was created in September 1995 by friends and family of Rema Hort Mann to honor her joyful and vivacious life after her untimely death from stomach cancer at age 30.

Hell on Wheels Gang Girls Forever WINS ACCOLADE AWARD!

Hell on Wheels Gang Girls Forever WINS ACCOLADE AWARD!

Director / Producer Katrina del Mar of Plushtoy Productions/ Delmarvelous has won a prestigious Award of Merit from The Accolade Competition. The award was given for Katrina del Mar’s exciting new film, Hell on Wheels, Gang Girls Forever.

The Accolade recognizes film, television, videography and new media professionals who demonstrate exceptional achievement in craft and creativity, and those who produce standout entertainment of contribute to profound social change.  Entries are judged by highly qualified professionals in the film and television industry. Information about the Accolade and a list of recent winners can be found at www.theaccolade.net.

Krank meets the Outcasts

Betsy Todd as Krank meets the Outcasts;L-R Dolinda Meeker, Sarah Greenwood, Bones Patterson, Betsy Todd, Regan Venezia, Ashley "Patches" Evens

Katrina del Mar says, “Hell on Wheels Gang Girls Forever was a complete labor of love, or perhaps an exercise in mental insanity. We created this “no budget” girl gang movie with a giant cast of 55 women out of collective love for creativity and fun.  It’s a collaborative, improvisational effort, shot on a shoestring budget and propelled solely on love for filmmaking.

“I am extremely gratified to receive this award, I feel I have to share this award with the entire cast and crew: in particular, Betsy Todd, Genny Pavitt and Meredith Miller, who are extremely talented and funny people and who essentially wrote the film with me as we went along. Dee Finley and Lola RocknRolla also helped shape the vision of this film into a funny, somewhat meditative, usually violent kick in the teeth to preconceptions about vegans, the homeless, disabled people and bike messengers.

“I also want to thank the many many people who contributed time and effort to get this film made, including co-editor Melissa Huffsmith Roth, sound mixer Carl Mandelbaum, director of photography Beka Venezia and so many others*.

“My girl gang films are modern day fairy tales with elements of ugly reality firmly embedded like jewels in a tiara of sheer fantasy. With a knowing nod to the “genre” B-Movies of the ’50’s 60′ & 70’s.  The stories have a wide streak of cruelty, a little bit of pathos and an unhealthy dose of the bizarre.”

Accolade Award

Accolade Award for Hell on Wheels Gang Girls Forever

IN WINNING this award, Katrina del Mar joins the ranks of other high-profile winners of this internationally respected award. Thomas Baker, Ph.D. who chairs The Accolade, had this to say about the latest winners, “The Accolade is not an easy award to win. Entries are received from around the world. The Accolade helps set the standard for craft and creativity. The judges were pleased with the exceptionally high quality of entries. The goal of The Accolade is to help winners achieve the recognition they deserve.”

Katrina del MarHell on Wheels Gang Girls Forever, experimental

*Complete list of credits are at ganggirlsforever.com