Michele O'Marah

Nomadic Nights: Michele O’Marah

The Private Rooftop Club at Petit Ermitage (West Hollywood)

November 4, 2010

8822 Cynthia Street
West Hollywood, CA 90069
6:00 – 9:00 PM

Using pop culture references and the genre conventions of Hollywood cinema as a starting point, the videos of Los Angeles-based artist Michele O’Marah explore the socio-political subtexts present in popular narratives. Both reverent and critically deconstructive, her work reflects on the pleasures of popular film with an exuberant sense of style – one that does not hide its low-tech handcrafted illusion. At a time of ever-present sequels and remakes, O’Marah shows us how to revel in the pleasures of remaking and re-watching.

For this Nomadic Night, O’Marah presented excerpts from an ongoing project, based on the Warhol Screen Tests, comprised of three-minute portraits of artists from the Los Angeles art community. The artist also shot Screen Tests of this evening’s attendees on site.

Michele O’Marah received her BFA from the Tyler School of Art in Philadelphia and currently resides in Los Angeles. O’Marah has had Solo Exhibitions at Cottage Home, Los Angeles, Sister, Los Angeles and the Museum of Contemporary Art, Santa Barbara, as well as two person exhibitions at Rental, New York and Peres Projects, Berlin. Her work has been featured in Exhibitions at the CCAC Wattis Institute in San Francisco, White Columns, New York, Blum & Poe, Los Angeles, the London Institute of Contemporary Art, London, and The Station, Art Basel Miami Beach.