White Room: Michele O’MarahFebruary 4–March 12, 2005 320 West 13th Street
White Columns is proud to present the New York debut of Los Angeles-based artist Michele O’Marah’s celebrated video work Valley Girl (2002). Working within the Hollywood tradition of the remake, O’Marah recreated Martha Coolidge’s 1983 cult-classic movie Valley Girl virtually word-for-word, and scene-by-scene. Employing a cast of friends, “savvy costumes, no-frills props, and punk-riot grrrl chutzpah,” O’Marah created, in the words of LA-based critic Bruce Hainley, “a guerrilla tour de force and a heady meditation on the simple act of doing something again … that captures and intensifies the heart and soul of Coolidge’s original.”
Michele O’Marah lives and works in Los Angeles, CA. Solo shows include Mary Goldman Gallery, Los Angeles (2004), and Goldman Tevis, Los Angeles (2002). Group shows include Version, New Langton Arts, San Francisco (2004), Baja to Vancouver: the West Coast and Contemporary Art, Seattle Art Museum, Seattle, WA (touring exhibition 2003/04). O’Marah received a BFA from Tyler School of Art, Philadelphia in 1991. This is her first solo show in New York. (O’Marah’s work ‘Peacehead’ will be showing at Art in General, New York, from Feb 5 – 26, 2005).