summer sang in me; hand made art photo book for exhibition

Summer Sang in Me by Katrina del Mar: limited edition, hand made, leather bound, hot foil stamped 200 page full color books. there are only 10. ultimately, the edition will end at 25 books, signed and numbered. Exhibition on view March 7-28 at Strange Loop Gallery in New York City, 27 Orchard Street. contact Strange Loop Gallery to purchase books. photography, layout and design by Katrina del Mar. books printed by Owen Francis at First Prince Copy, books bound by Nancy Loeber at the Center for Book Arts in New York City.

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GIRLS GIRLS GIRLS @ Art Market Provincetown

GIRLS GIRLS GIRLS June 10- July 1 at AMP Art Market Provincetown 148 Commercial Street Provincetown, MA

with Sarah Lyon Louisville Portraits & Beyond and Billy Hough’s Peep Show video installation

Opening Reception: Friday June 14, 7-9pm
Night of music performance and readings: Saturday June 15, 7-9:30
GIRL GANG TRILOGY screening Provincetown International Film Festival: June 21

Girls Girls Girls | Photographs & Video/Film & Handmade Books by Katrina del Mar

“I cast my girlfriends as gang girls, in leather and muscle cars. My armies of girls, in coordinated outfits, are ready to do battle for what they believe in: freedom, new turf, glitter, a good wave, a good ride, their girl gang, their favorite dog. I make films that are unselfconsciously queer, unapologetically feminist; riotous and robustly unkempt.”

AMP is very proud to bring Katrina del Mar to Provincetown with a significant part of an exhibition presented earlier this year at Participant Inc. in New York. Comprised of large-scale photographs, clusters of smaller prints, films, videos, and hand-made paperback books, GIRLS GIRLS GIRLS brings together an alluring and potent body of work, “as transcendent as it is transgressive.” – Carlo McCormick, Photograph Magazine. The exhibition at AMP is in tandem with the Provincetown International Film Festival.

Katrina writes about the paperback books: ”The idea that the words come from pictures: in a word, ekphrasis; is not only the description of a work of art, it is the description of my moment as a writer. The photographs hint at a story. The films become overburdened with narrative. Long after my films are finished I am writing the novels they should have been based on. I write modern myth set in urban environments. I make the work backwards. The book cover first, pulp fiction paperback style. Some are full, some are incomplete, some have yet to be written.”

Debbie Nadolney of AMP with my prints on the floor installation day. Girls Girls Girls by Katrina del Mar

Debbie Nadolney of AMP with my prints on the floor installation day. Girls Girls Girls by Katrina del Mar

Girls Girls Girls by Katrina del Mar installation view @ AMP

Girls Girls Girls by Katrina del Mar installation view @ AMP

Girls Girls Girls by Katrina del Mar installation view @ AMP

Girls Girls Girls by Katrina del Mar installation view @ AMP

Opening Reception

Opening Reception Girls Girls Girls by Katrina del Mar @ AMP Art Market Provincetown

Installation view SURF GANG excerpt Opening Reception Girls Girls Girls by Katrina del Mar @ AMP Art Market Provincetown

Girls Girls Girls by Katrina del Mar @ AMP Art Market ProvincetownInstallation view “SURF GANG” excerpt

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Thomas Cooper at the opening reception Girls Girls Girls by Katrina del Mar @ AMP Art Market Provincetown

Sarah Greenwood performs at GIRLS GIRLS GIRLS Tough Girls & Lucid Dreamers at AMP

Sarah Greenwood performs at GIRLS GIRLS GIRLS Tough Girls & Lucid Dreamers at AMP

Amanda Pollock reads at GIRLS GIRLS GIRLS Tough Girls & Lucid Dreamers at AMP

Amanda Pollock reads at GIRLS GIRLS GIRLS Tough Girls & Lucid Dreamers at AMP

Melissa Febos reads at Tough Girls & Lucid Dreamers curated by Katrina del Mar at AMP

Melissa Febos reads at Tough Girls & Lucid Dreamers curated by Katrina del Mar at AMP

Nahid, Leila Bartell, Amanda Pollock, Melissa Febos & Sarah Greenwood outside AMP

Leila Bartell Amanda Pollock, Melissa Febos & Sarah Greenwood outside AMP

Melissa Febos, Sarah Greenwood, Annamarie Novak & Debbie Nadolney outside AMP

Melissa Febos, Sarah Greenwood, Annamarie Novak & Debbie Nadolney outside AMP

handmade paperback alphabet GIRLS GIRLS GIRLS by Katrina del Mar at AMP

handmade paperback alphabet GIRLS GIRLS GIRLS by Katrina del Mar at AMP

Per Larson was into the handmade paperback books Girls Girls Girls by Katrina del Mar @ AMPPer Larson was into the handmade paperback books Girls Girls Girls by Katrina del Mar @ AMP

Sarah Greenwood, Thomas Cooper & Leila Bartell at Girls Girls Girls by Katrina del Mar @ AMP

Sarah Greenwood, Thomas Cooper & Leila Bartell at Girls Girls Girls by Katrina del Mar @ AMP

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.”

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

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.

Katrina del Mar Gallery Show in Portugal

Otter, photo by Katrina del Mar

The Gallery Wrong Weather will showcase, from the 11th to the 30th of June, an exhibition of works by New York-based artist Katrina del Mar. The Gallery’s stated objective is to present exhibitions by renowned artists whose field of work concerns, directly or indirectly, the world and the language of fashion. This will be Katrina del Mar’s debut in Portugal. The exhibition explores the wide diversity of her work, taking a keen and current look at her very particular approach to the issues that interest her.

Wrong Weather, in a joint effort with Katrina del Mar, has developed for this exhibition a limited edition of a fashion piece, which, by force of the particular concept of the gallery space, crystallizes the underlying themes of the exhibition and the idea that The Gallery takes on the task and displays the will to promote grand exhibitions of contemporary art.

The exhibition will be open to the public from Monday to Saturday, from 10:30 to 19:30 – open at lunchtime – at The Gallery in the Wrong Weather store, Avenida da Boavista, nº 754, Porto (near Casa da Música) from 11 June through 30 June. Entry is free.

Katrina del Mar is a New York-based photographer and cinematographer, having directed her debut movie, Gang Girls, in 2000. Entirely shot in Super 8mm, she received a 4 and a half stars (out of 5) rating from Film Threat Magazine. Her work has been compared to Kenneth Anger’s, and she was attributed a fellowship from the New York Foundation for the Arts.

Her 2006 movie, Surf Gang, won the Best Experimental Movie award from the Sundance Film Festival’s PlanetOut Short Movie Awards.

From 2006 to 2008, Katrina del Mar was studio manager for acclaimed artist Nan Goldin, who described Katrina’s work as “radical” and “cutting edge”. Katrina coordinated and aided the development of Goldin’s new version of her “Ballad of sexual dependency”, for the Museum of Modern Art of New York.

Her new movie project, Hell on Wheels, Gang Girls Forever, will be released soon.

Her clients include the likes of Sony Music, Island Records, Polygram, London Records, Time Out New York magazine, People Magazine and the New York Post. Her works have been exhibited at the Museum of Contemporary Art of Bordeaux, France, New York gallery Deitch Projects, the American Fine Arts Company, gallery Binz 39 in Switzerland, the Bass Museum of Art in Miami, Performance Space 122 in New York, and at the University of Cardiff, Wales.

This curator of this exhibition is Rui Carvalho da Silva.

NEW FILMS & FILMMAKERS ADDED to Katrina del Mar MOVIE MAYHEM..

Presented by Gail Thacker and the The Gene Frankel Theatre!

“Gang Girls 2000” is everything you could want in an indie flick and more”. – Chris Parcellin, Film Threat

August 10, 2009 (New York, NY) – NEW FILMS & FILMMAKERS ADDED TO MOVIE MAYHEM..
New York City filmmaker, photographer, artist and producer of massive collisions of talent and beauty, Katrina del Mar, triumphs in the underground, revels in the grit and lathers on the beauty in a number of short films and music videos that will be presented at Gene Frankel Theater in New York City Thursday, August 27th. Katrina will be on-hand for the screenings and a Q&A afterwards. Also Short “Art” Films by Anne Hanavan (sexually explicit self portraits where the artist works thru issues surrounding past experiences with sex work, rape, and Catholosm), Lola RockNRolla (The Lesbian John Waters), Jasmine Hirst (Dark Australian Film Artist most famous for her death row interview with Aileen Wuornos), Charlotte G. Choclet (youtube sensation, pregnant bikini model, and sensual astrologer) and more TBA!!*

Films presented include new scenes from the hotly, highly anticipated latest work “Hell on Wheels, Gang Girls Forever” (Slated to premiere in October ’09). Also “SURF GANG” (Awarded Best Experimental Film, Planet Out Short Movie Awards and the NYFA Fellowship in Video), “Gang Girls 2000,” and “A Beautiful Death” (Official Selection, Frameline Film Festival).

“Del Mar, known for her amazing photographs of Lower East Side freaks and rockers, builds on decades of traditional James Dean archetypes and comes out with a girl rebel vision that is truly unique…” – Sarah Jacobson, IFC Rant

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