Michele O'Marah

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Faustus's Children Installation, 2006
Faustus's Children Installation, 2006
Ian's death, video still, 2006 Video
Rainbow, 2004 Fabric
Peacehead Installation, 2004 Foam And Paper
Pensive Paola, 2002 Video Still
Randy and Julie Meet, 2002 Video Still
(O'Marah studio) © Courtesy of the Artist
Rainbow, 2004 Mixed Media 170 X 72 Inches
The Beat is Sweet, 2009 Offset Lithographic Poster 39" X 27" © Courtesy of the artist & Hudson Franklin
© Courtesy of the Artist and Cottage Home
Three Barbs, 2009 Digital C Prints Triptych: 20 X 16 Inches Each © Artist and Brennan & Griffin, NY
Installation image of Faustus’s Children, 2006 Variable © Bard Center for Curatorial Studies, Annadale-on the Hudson, NY, 2008
(installation view) Video Works (1997-2002) at Brennan & Griffin, NY, 2012 © Courtesy the artist and Brennan & Griffin
Quick Facts
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