She is best known as the lead singer of the cult glam-punk band The Voluptuous Horror of Karen Black, and for the often sexual nature of her exhibits. She is well known in fashion circles spanning the fine line between cult and haute.
Kembra, daughter of surf pioneer Freddy Pfahler, was a child actress who appeared in several TV commercials for Kodak film. She became a major figure of the 1980s East Village scene, and has acted in low-budget horror and softcore porn films.
Pfahler also does film and video work. She follows the artistic philosophy of availablism, using what is closest at hand as both the inspiration for her work as well as the medium.
In 1990, Kembra and Samoa Moriki founded their band, The Voluptuous Horror of Karen Black. Kembra's on-stage performances have included cracking paint filled eggs on her vulva.
The band's live performance of The Wall of Vagina appears on Disinformation DVD - The Complete Series.
In January 2007, Kembra, along with Julie Atlas Muz curated a mixed-media art exhibition titled, Womanizer, at Deitch Projects. The show included works by E. V. Day, Breyer P-Orridge, Vaginal Davis and burlesque performer Bambi the Mermaid. Kembra's contribution was an installation with a bed set that contains a skeleton and several plush dolls in multiple colors surrounded by walls plastered and colored with a thick red paste, as well as a video that shows her ripping the dolls out of a birthing canal with blood spurting to a soundtrack.
As part of the 2008 Whitney Biennial and with support from the Art Production Fund, Pfahler and The Voluptuous Horror of Karen Black gave a performance in the Park Avenue Armory's Drill Hall on March 14, 2008.
- "2008 Whitney Biennial" Retrieved from whitney.org
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- GG Allin And The Murder Junkies - After Hours Volume 2 DVD
- Womanizer at the Deitch Projects
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- 2008 Whitney Biennial