Carmichael Gallery Presents

You've Been Wasting Your Time


Featuring New Works by Flip (Brazil), Hush (UK), Other (Canada)

Opening Reception: August 16th, 2008, 8PM – Midnight

1257 N. La Brea Ave.
West Hollywood, CA 90038

Exhibition Dates: August 16 – September 14, 2008

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Carmichael Gallery of Contemporary Art is proud to present You've Been Wasting Your Time, a group show featuring Flip, Hush, and Other, three emerging young street artists from Brazil, the UK, and Canada, respectively. Employing expansive color palettes and innovative techniques, the trio collides to contribute an eclectic range of paintings, drawings, screen prints, works on wood, and mixed media collages inspired by their diverse cultural backgrounds. An opening reception will be held on Saturday, August 16th, 2008, from 8pm – Midnight. The exhibition will be open for viewing through Sunday, September 14th, 2008.

The depth and command of the artwork of Flip, Hush, and Other both challenges and seduces the viewer. Fascinated by the portrayal of the female form in art, Hush builds up and tears down layers of paint and images as he works, "letting the canvas and marks take their own path." His stylistic fusion of the East and West is enriched by his interpretation of the inherent power play in graffiti and street art. Flip, too, draws inspiration from Asia in his new body of work. Observing the relationship between human beings and nature, he plants a tranquility of communion beneath his passionate explosion of Japanese brushstrokes. A similar dichotomy prevails in the work of Other, who both provokes and calms in pieces that were composed within rattling train carriages and buzzing coffee shops. The ideas and characters he coaxes out of hiding "come from blotches of paint and wet drips on paper...sort of like ink blots in psychology."


About The Artists

FLIP - BRAZIL

Felipe "Flip" Yung is hailed by many as one of the most talented Brazilian artists of his generation, having painted and exhibited his work throughout the streets and galleries of Brazil, Europe, and the US for over a decade. Away from the wall and canvas, he has also lent his distinctive style to the world of designer plush and vinyl toys.
HUSH - UK

The work of Hush has been described as a sensory assault of shape, color, and character. With his singular blend of anime, pop-infused imagery, graffiti, and graphic design, the Englishman who worked as a graphic designer and illustrator in Hong Kong for a number of years attacks contemporary culture and established societal norms with an overwhelming proficiency and superb dry wit.
OTHER - CANADA

Even though the artist himself does not always accompany it, the artwork of Canadian painter Other travels by train through North America at all hours of the day. When not at work in his studio or exploring the world, the restless Other, who possesses "a nasty habit of scribbling on things that aren't mine", wanders into deserted train yards where he renders highly-skilled etchings of mournful men and beautiful creatures onto the sides of freight trains, then stands back as his canvas awakens and disappears into the darkness.


SEPTEMBER SOLO EXHIBITION

DIVERGE
The Art of Oddzoo
Exhibition Dates: September 6th – September 28th, 2008
Opening Reception: September 6th, 2008, 8PM – Midnight



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Carmichael Gallery of Contemporary Art is proud to present DIVERGE, the solo debut of Oddzoo. The Hawaii-born and Los Angeles-based artist will showcase around 15 works of acrylic, oil, pencil and ink that reflect upon the adjustments we make, opportunities we gain, and things we learn when life unexpectedly shifts itself from its anticipated path. An opening reception with the artist in attendance will be held on Saturday, September 6th, 2008, from 8pm – Midnight. The exhibition will be open for viewing through Sunday, September 28th, 2008.

Whilst there has always been an intrinsically timeless quality to the work of Oddzoo, there is a marked maturity in his newest pieces. Combining creative and life experience, the young artist continues to forge a unique identity in subject matter and style. This is particularly revealed in his broad range of expression, concentration to detail, and exciting use of color. Concerning his talent for the latter, Oddzoo comments that he purposefully maintains a balance between careful preparation and emotional spontaneity - "there are times when I'll use certain colors because it pertains to some metaphorical significance...to intentionally provoke a certain mood. Then again there's times when I just really enjoy using a particular color and run with it." Inspiration arises from many aspects of his life and imagination, but it is music that is his "driving force...It will alter a mood, the way I handle my paint, thought process, everything."

About the Artist
Born in Waimanalo, Hawaii, into a landscape of extraordinary beauty and a family whose talents span the spectrum of the creative arts, Jay "Oddzoo" Doronio began to draw and paint as a child. Upon moving to California, he was introduced to the sights and sounds of graffiti and hip hop. The vibrant power of these mediums has assisted in laying the foundations of his artwork today. As he begins to build his career, Oddzoo is pursuing a degree in Illustration and Graphic Design at Otis College of Art and Design.

About Carmichael Gallery
Carmichael Gallery of Contemporary Art exhibits international, emerging artists, with an emphasis on underground, pop, outsider, lowbrow, street art and graffiti inspired work. In August 2007, co-curators Seth and Elisa Carmichael opened Carmichael Gallery of Contemporary Art as an exhibition space for presenting emerging art from around the world. Carmichael Gallery is located at 1257 N. La Brea Avenue, on the SW corner of La Brea and Fountain, West Hollywood, CA 90038. Gallery hours are Tuesday through Sunday, 2 p.m. to 7 p.m., and by appointment. For more information, please visit our website www.carmichaelgallery.com, email art@carmichaelgallery.com, or call 323.969.0600.

Autumn Exhibition Calendar

In Fall 2008, Carmichael Gallery will begin a series of programs and events with partners and patrons of the arts, designed to enhance collectors' experience of urban contemporary art. Event details will be announced soon.

SEPTEMBER
September 6th – September 28th DIVERGE
The Art of Oddzoo
September 20 - October 12, 2008 Vida e Morte
Alexandre Anjo, Andre Firmiano and Pankill

OCTOBER
October 4th - October 26th
Gaia, Jana Joana, Labrona, Stormie Mills, Vitche

NOVEMBER
November 1 - Nov 23, 2008
Charming Baker, Guy Denning, Pat Rocha, Ian Strawn, TRXTR



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Carmichael Gallery Partners with ROJO
Carmichael Gallery of Contemporary Art has been invited to join the exclusive ROJO ArtSpace network. As a new member, Carmichael Gallery exhibitions and events are featured on a virtual mini-web for international audiences to view artworks and exhibition announcements from anywhere in the world. Seth and Elisa Carmichael, co-curators and co-owners of the gallery, are pleased to be a part of this new community. Carmichael Gallery has exhibited Brazilian artists Sesper and Sixe and share many other artists with other galleries in the Rojo network. To learn more about Rojo and to view Carmichael Gallery's online ArtSpace, visit http://www.rojo-magazine.com/la/

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