Ich Sehe Das Licht: Kembra Pfahler and The Voluptuous Horror of Karen Black in film, video and performance

Saturday, February 25, 2017, 8:00 pm
Human Resources

410 Cottage Home Street
Los Angeles, CA 90012

in conjunction with the Los Angeles Art Book Fair with the cooperation of Emalin Gallery

Steve Doughton, Mr. Twilight, super8 on DV, 2:53min., 1992
Richard Kern, Sewing Circle, super8 on DV, 7:55min., 1992
Rick Castro, Fertile La Toyah Jackson Video Magazine No. 2 The Kinky Issue [excerpt], VHS, 11min., 1993
Mike Kuchar, Blue Banshee, SD video, 14:50min., 1994
Annie Sprinkle, Amazing World Of [excerpt], SD video, 1:39min., 1995/2007
Steve Doughton, Ferrum 5000, 16mm on DV, 16min., 1995
Charles Atlas (as Jack Shoot), Staten Island Sex Cult [excerpt], SD video, 5min., 1995
Simeon Soffer, Chopsley: Rabid Bikini Model, 3min., 1999
TVHKB, Nightmare of the Voluptuous Horror of Karen Black, SD video, 8:40min., 1999
TVHKB, Wall of Vagina, video, 3:22min., 2014
IFC TV, I Believe in Halloween, HD video, 11min., 2007

Kembra Pfahler and the girls of Karen Black present a performative screening featuring cinematic arcana, voluptuous horrors and a Q&A confessional. Through her ongoing project, The Voluptuous Horror of Karen Black, Kembra Pfahler has been performing since the early 1990s in museums, galleries and clubs the world over. Assembling an unprecedented program of film, video and performance documents from Richard Kern, Annie Sprinkle, Steve Doughty, Ned Ambler, Mike Kuchar, Charles Atlas and more, Dirty Looks is thrilled to partner with Emalin Gallery London and the Los Angeles Art Book Fair to welcome Pfahler to Los Angeles for the first comprehensive screening of her work and appearances in the moving image.

Kembra Pfahler was born in Hermosa Beach, California in 1961, and she lives and works in New York City. Major solo exhibitions include Fuck Island, Participant Inc. (New York, NY, USA, 2012); Capital Improvements, Emalin Gallery (London, 2016); File Under ā€˜Vā€™, Rove Gallery (London, UK, 2005); Availabism and Anti-naturalism: A Feminine Experiment, American Fine Arts Company (New York, NY, USA, 2002); and Womanizer, Deitch Projects (New York, NY, USA 2002). Selected group exhibitions include Future Feminism, The Hole (New York, NY, USA , 2014); New York Minute, Garage Center for Contemporary Art (Moscow, RU, 2011) traveling to MACRO Museum (Rome, IT, 2011); Dead Flowers, Vox Populi (Philadelphia, PA, USA, 2010); and Whitney Biennial, Whitney Museum of American Art (New York, NY, USA, 2008).