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Michele O'Marah

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Vallejo Naval Base, Vallejo CA

Birth year

Lives in
Los Angeles

Works in
Los Angeles

Tyler School of Art (Temple university), 1991

film, photography, video

influences & favorites
Andy Warhol almost everyone says this but it is true I could watch his films over and over and over they are my favorite works of art. Truly incredible.
Other favorites old and new would include
Evan Holloway, Thomas Hirschorn, The Decline of Western Civilization , Patti Smith, John Waters, my new favorite book Beyond Craft:The Art Fabric, David Cronenberg, Christian Jankowski, David Wajnarowicz and Dead Moon.

BFA, Tyler School of Art, Philadelphia

Solo exhibitions

2006        Faustus’s Children, Sister Gallery, Los Angeles
2004        Peacehead, Mary Goldman Gallery, Los Angeles
2002        Valley Girl, Goldman Tevis, Los Angeles

Selected group exhibitions

2006        From Baja to Bar Harbor: Transnational Contemporary Art, Institute of Contemporary Art, Maine College of Art, Portland , ME

2005/06 The Backroom, curated by Magali Arriola, Kate Fowle, Renaud Proch, Los Angeles CA and New Langton Arts, San                               Francisco,CA
                Summer Show, Mary Goldman Gallery, Los Angeles
                Valley Girl, White Columns, New York
                Peacehead, Art in General, New York

2004        Version, New Langton Arts, San Francisco

2003/04  Baja to Vancouver: The West Coast in Contemporary Art (“B2V”), traveling to the Seattle Art Museum, Museum of                 Contemporary Art San Diego, Vancouver Art Gallery, and CCAC Wattis Institute for Contemporary Arts in San Francisco

2003        The World’s A Mess It’s In My Kiss, Debs & Co, New York

2002        Play it as it Lays, London Institute of Contemporary Art, London
                 LA Freewaves: TV or not TV, Los Angeles

2001        Performances, Goldman Tevis, Los Angeles
                 Video Projects, Nikolai Wallnner, Copenhagen

1998        HMO SUV IPO, Side Street Projects, Los Angeles
                 Tri-Annuale (Part 1): Pinwheel, Los Angeles Contemporary Exhibitions


2007        Valley Girl, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, Remakes Film Series

2006        Valley Girl, New York Underground Film Festival, Festival Choice Award
                  Valley Girl, Chicago Underground Film Festival
                  Valley Girl, Almo Drafthouse, Austin Texas

2003        Valley Girl, Mixture Contemporary, Houston

Selected Publications

Brooks, Amra,“Faustus’s Children”, Artforum, January 2007
Balaschak, Chris “Michele O'Marah”, Frieze, January 2007
Taft, Catherine “Faustus’s Children”, Artreview, January 2007
Knight, Christopher, “Faustus’s Children”, Los Angeles Times, November 2006
“The Future Greats”, Artreview, December 2005
Kite, Kristina, “The Backroom”, Critics Picks,, October 2005
Holte, Michael Ned.  “Michele O’Marah,” Critics Picks,, December 2004.
Goldsmith,Meredith. “Version”, Art Papers, Jan/Feb. 2004
Bing, Alison.  “Version,”, October 2004.
Helsand, Glen.  “Baja to Vancouver,” Artforum, December 2003.
Nataraj, Nirmala.  “Version: Aping Popular Culture,”, October 2004
Hainley, Bruce.  “Bruce Hainley: Best of 2002,” Artforum, December 2002.
Blanford, Richard.  “Play It As It Lays,” frieze, September 2002.
Campbell, Clayton.  “Michele O’Marah,” Flash Art, October 2002.
Hainley, Bruce.  “Michele O’Marah,” Artforum, October 2002.
Perchuk, Andrew.  “Michele O’Marah,” Critics Picks,, August 2002.
Strange, Frederick.  “For Those About to Rock,” Bibel Magazine, 1999
Kellner, Amy.  “For Those About to Rock: The Videos of Michele O’Marah,” Index Magazine, 1997.

Public Collections
Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles

Recent Exhibits

Michele O'Marah participated in these exhibits:

Feb, 2016 Rob Pruitt's Flea Market
Downtown Los Angeles
Jun, 2012 Video Works (1997-2002)
Brennan & Griffin / Lower East Side
Jun, 2012 Made in L.A. 2012
Los Angeles Municipal Art Gallery at Barnsdall Park (LAMAG)
May, 2011 Michele O'Marah: Video Portraits
Santa Barbara Contemporary Arts Forum
May, 2011 Greater LA
YRB Warehouse
Apr, 2011 other life forms
Williamsburg Art & Historical Center
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