ORGAN PREVIEW: After the beautiful chaos of 2016, American artist Kembra Pfahler is back in East London and back at Emalin for more this Friday, this is something you need to not miss…



I was looking at the figures, the viewing stats for this Organ Thing thing, in the years since it evolved from a print monster and to this Thing format, the (second) most visited page remains the one that went on-line straight after American artist Pfahler’s last visit as a solo artist to Emalin’s East London gallery space. The visits to our website in the week after the show –  ORGAN THING: Paint, mess, big hair, glam rock, New York performance artist Kembra Pfahler opens her London show in glorious style….– pretty much crashed the whole damn thing. It was quite an event last time around, a genuine art event, a boundary-pushing show (and performance) that threw up many dimensions, we tell you this because Kembra Pfahler is back in town and back at Emalin this coming Thursday May 31st for the opening night of her new show Rebel Without A Cock. The opening night event takes place between 6pm and 9pm, the show then runs until 20th July 2019 (Wednesday – Saturday, 11 am – 6 pm).  Here comes the press release…


Kembra Pfahler at Emalin, Shoreditch, East London, Nov 15th 2016 (sw)

Emalin is pleased to announce REBEL WITHOUT A COCK, a solo exhibition by the American artist Kembra Pfahler. For her second exhibition at the gallery, Pfahler brings together a series of photographs – produced in collaboration with Andrew Strasser – that restage Femlin illustrations, originally conceived by LeRoy Neiman in the 1950s. Alongside this, the sculpture Disco Cock by Kembra Pfahler, Urs Fischer and Spencer Sweeney, will be exhibited in Europe for the first time.  On occasion of the exhibition opening in the evening of 30 May, Pfahler will be performing with the Girls of Karen Black (TVHOKB).


Kembra Pfahler (b. 1961 in Hermosa Beach, California) lives and works in New York City. Recent exhibitions and performances include SHE WHO SAW BEAUTIFUL THINGS, The Kitchen (New York, NY, USA, 2019); Sex Cells, Lethal Amounts (Los Angeles, US, 2019). 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) travelling 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).


Outside of Emalin, East London, December 2017

Emalin is a gallery that kind of hides in plain sight right there, right under your nose and right over the street from that horrendous Boxpark travesty and directly over the main road from the turn that takes you to Shoreditch Overground Station. Look for the wall covered in street art and the spew of graff, there’s a door there with very little signage in the middle of all the tags and such. The address is Unit 4 Huntingdon Estate, Bethnal Green Rd., London, E1 6JU –

The busiest page ever? Here


Kembra Pfahler at Emalin, Shoreditch, East London, Nov 15th 2016 (sw)

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