Summer Sang in Me at Strange Loop Gallery NYC

Katrina del Mar, Summer Sang in Me

March 7- March 28, 2014

Opening Reception, Friday March 7th, 2014 6-9pm

Strange Loop Gallery 27 Orchard Street New York, New York

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From March 7 – March 28, 2014 Strange Loop Gallery is proud to present 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

BIO

Katrina del Mar is a New York-based photographer, video artist and award-winning film director. Her work has been described as “beautiful” exuding an “intimate chemistry” and also as “filth of the highest quality.”  Katrina herself has been described as a “major league cutie,”  “a wild woman,” “the Lesbian Russ Meyer,” and “apparently, the lesbian stepchild of Kenneth Anger.”
 Her solo exhibition GIRLS GIRLS GIRLS was presented in January 2013 at Participant Inc. in New York. Her solo exhibition, Gangs of New York was presented in 2010 at Wrong Weather Gallery in Porto, Portugal. Invited to teach at the University of the Arts in Bremen, Germany, she conducted the first ever “Queer Trash Feminist Film Workshop,” also in 2010. In 2012, she presented a series of films and photographs from the Golden Age of Performance Art (1988-2000 with Dona Ann McAdams, On the Edge of Society: Moments in Live Art, at Warehouse 9, Copenhagen, Denmark. Her work has shown at Deitch Projects, NY; Museum for Contemporary Art (CAPC), Bordeaux, France; American Fine Arts Company, NY; Binz 39, Zurich, Switzerland; Bass Museum of Art, Miami; Miami Light Project; P.S.122, NY; FabLab, Berlin; and the University of Cardiff, Wales.

Her first film, Gang Girls 2000, shot entirely on super 8mm film, received a four and a half star review in Film Threat magazine, among other glowing reviews, inviting comparisons to the legendary Kenneth Anger. The follow up, Surf Gang, about a gang of women surfers from Rockaway Beach, landed del Mar a fellowship in video from the New York Foundation for the Arts, “Best Experimental Film” from the Planet Out Short Movie Awards announced at the Sundance Film Festival 2006, and was screened at the Museum for Contemporary Art (CAPC), Bordeaux, France.

Her latest film project, Hell on Wheels Gang Girls Forever, completes the Girl Gang Trilogy and was the recipient of the 2010 Accolade Award of Merit. Recent screenings include Girl Gang Trilogy, Nightingale Cinema, co-presented by Chicago Underground Film Festival, 2012; Super 8 Film Portraits, curated by Stephanie Gray, Millennium Film Workshop, NY, 2012; Surf Gang (excerpt), Sound & Light, and winner of Juried Competition, Schoolhouse Gallery, Provincetown, MA, 2012; Girl Gang Trilogy, Fringe Film Festival, London, UK, 2012; and Girl Gang Trilogy, Bio Paradis, Reykjavik, Iceland, 2012.

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NEW YORK CITY

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SURF GANG to screen at Filmmakers Cooperative Summer Cinema Salon

My film SURF GANG will screen Saturday June 11 8pm at Filmmakers Cooperative Summer Cinema Salon in legendary arts garden Le Petit Versailles. East 2nd St near Avenue C, NYC.

think Goodfellas meets Faster Pussycat, Kill! Kill!

think Grey Gardens meets The Warriors.

Think Mel Brooks meets Russ Meyer and bites off Dog Town and Zboys. Think Blue Crush: lose the lame story, add hot cast from Gang Girls 2000.

A gang of urban surfer girls leaves its home break and runs a course of chaotic violence until a call comes in from the other side.

Starring former ABT Ballerina Nicolette Nolan, Kembra Pfahler, Andrea Purcigliotti.  filmed in Rockaway Beach, NYC, Southampton, East Hampton and Montauk.

Surf Gang won the NYFA Fellowship in Video and Best Experimental Film, Planet Out Short Movie Awards and was screened at the Museum of Contemporaray Art CAPC Museum, in Bordeaux, France
Here is the trailer, edited by Melissa Huffsmith Roth

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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NewFest is happenin, baby!

Brooklyn Girls played at NewFest on Saturday, with the Musical Shorts program. It was really well received, people fell on the floor in seizures. Well, they whistled and stomped! (Was that just me?) Genny Pavitt and Marz Mikeo of Hooray for Goodbye joined me, as producers of the video!
"Brooklyn Girls" plays on the big screen at NewFest
It ran with some really cool other musical films and music videos including (my favorite, apart from “Brooklyn Girls”) “A Place to Visit” the video for Luff directed by Brian Gonzalez; the video about gay parents called “I’ve Got You” (director Camrin Pitts, who was there in NYC for the first time was very sweet. The musical artist was Melange Lavonne) and Fagette (Athens Boy Choir) directed by Ali Cotterill, who joined us for brunch later and who is also really sweet.
Kenny Hillman had two films in the festival as well so it was really cool to catch up with him, and Nicole Opper (whose film was playing at the same time as mine, so I’ll have to catch it later..) and Desi Del Valle, whom I always love to see. We had such a nice time. I’m looking forward to seeing Mississippi Damned and Against a Trans Narrative (dir. Jules Rosskam) on Tuesday.

Genny Pavitt, Katrina del Mar & Marz Mikeo at NewFest '09 photo by Sarah Greenwood

Genny Pavitt, Katrina del Mar & Marz Mikeo at NewFest '09 photo by Sarah Greenwood

Ali Cotterill, Katrina del Mar & Kenny Hillman at NewFest '09 photo by Sarah Greenwood

Ali Cotterill, Katrina del Mar & Kenny Hillman at NewFest '09 photo by Sarah Greenwood