ORGAN PREVIEW: Capital Improvements, a solo exhibition and performance by Kembra Pfahler this Tuesday in East London


Ron Athey mentioned this was happening, that should be enough information right there really, if Mr A is saying go then indeed do just that. Who is Kembra Pfahler?  “Kembra Pfahler is an American filmmaker associated with the Cinema of Transgression, a performance artist, rock musician and film actress. She is best known as the lead singer of the cult glam-punk band The Voluptuous Horror of Karen Black, and for the often nude and sexual nature of her art exhibits”.



Capital Improvements: A solo exhibition and performance by Kembra Pfahler opens on Tuesday night (15th November, 6 – 9:00pm) and then runs from November 16th to December 21th, 2016  (with a film screening on Thursday, 17th November, (9:30 – 11:30pm) at Emalin

“Emalin is pleased to announce a solo exhibition of new and historic works by the American performance artist and musician Kembra Pfahler. This is the artist’s first exhibition at Emalin. Kembra will be staging a performance with The Voluptuous Horror of Karen Black during the private view on Tuesday, November 15th 6-9pm. On Thursday, November 17th from 9:30-11:30pm an evening of rare film screenings selected by Kembra will take place at the gallery.


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); File Under ‘V’, Rove Gallery (London, UK, 2005); Availabism and Anti-naturalism: A Feminine Experiment, American Fine Arts Company (New York, NY, USA, 2002); and Riddle of the Sphinx, 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).

Emalin is at Unit 4, Huntingdon Estate, Bethnal Green Road, London, E1 6JU

Facebook event page for the show


“Kembra Pfahler is a downtown legend: a punk rocker, screen goddess, curator, and performance artist who moved from Los Angeles to the East Village in the early 1980s. Over the course of her time in New York, she’s modeled for Calvin Klein, sings lead in the death punk metal band The Voluptuous Horror of Karen Black, and founded a performance art movement known as “Availabilism,” the tenet of which is to use whatever’s around at any given time to create performance—as an expression of some ineffable part of oneself. In Kembra’s case, she’s strapped bowling balls found on the street to her feet, cracked eggs from an otherwise empty fridge on her vulva, and used Grindr to post close-up pictures of her face in blue body paint and a bouffant black wig—which is probably how you recognize her, horny gay men of the East Village. In her most famous performance, which she did for Richard Kern’s Sewing Circle in 1992, she had her vagina sewn shut by an Asian woman—performance artist Lisa Resurreccion—while wearing nothing but a “Young Republicans” t-shirt. When asked why she did it, she told DisinfoTV: “I just told my mother I was very upset.” There’s a deep rage in…. read on via Bomb magazine


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