FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

CARMICHAEL GALLERY OF CONTEMPORARY ART  PRESENTS
Delirium Tremens
October 20 – November 2, 2007
Opening Reception:  Saturday, October 20, 7:00 PM - Midnight
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1257 N. La Brea Ave. (SW corner of La Brea and Fountain), West Hollywood, CA 90038
323.969.0600
E-mail, art@carmichaelgallery.com
Web site, http://www.carmichaelgallery.com
Gallery hours, Wednesday - Sunday 2:00 - 7:00pm; and by appointment.



Delirium Tremens [tree-muhnz, -menz], noun. Pathology. A withdrawal syndrome occurring in persons who have developed physiological dependence, characterized by tremor, visual hallucinations, and autonomic instability. A morbid condition of acute danger. sometimes fatal. not just another Halloween show.

Featuring the work of Akeni (Brasil), Andre Firmiano (Brasil), Andrice Arp (USA), Anne Julie Aubry (France), Bagger43 (USA), C215 (France), Case (Canada), Chad Mount (USA), CJ Metzger (USA), Codak (USA), Denise Simon (USA), Josh Heilaman (USA), Joulu (Ukraine), Mehgan Trice (USA), Miss Mindy (USA), Paul Barnes (Scotland), Plankton Art Company (USA), Ruben Romero (Colombia), Sixe (Spain), Suzanne Woolcott (Scotland), Tiago Fazito (Brasil), Yuki Miyazaki (Japan/USA), Zeila Trevisan (Brasil), and more to be announced!

Anger. Dread. Insomnia. Depression. Palpitations. Hallucinations. Seizures. These are just several of a long list of symptoms brought upon by Delirium Tremens, a severe and horrific illness caused by withdrawal or abstinence after heavy alcohol and other addictive substance abuse. Judy Garland, Jimi Hendrix, and Edie Sedgwick, amongst many others, tragically suffered from the severe pain of this disease and the untreated mortality rate of delirium tremens is up to 35%. The condition has been referenced by a wide range of writers, musicians, and filmmakers - from Mark Twain, Jack Kerouac, and George Orwell, to Aerosmith, "West Side Story", and "The Simpsons".

For this show, the artists have considered what the essence of Delirium Tremens - withdrawal, loss, and the accumulation of physical, emotional, and psychological pain that subsequently rushes through their bodies - means to them and interpreted it in their own ways. Their inspiration has come from their individual life experiences, with some artists directly relating to the strict definition of the illness and others capturing the trembling anguish of sweaty, sleepless nights, emotional volatility, and confusion caused by other personal dramas. The pulse of the show, akin to the illness itself, is dramatic, restless and irregular, as the artists reveal a dark, fearful edge to themselves that is both slightly disorienting and addictively transfixing at the same time.

The gallery is open Wednesday through Sunday 2:00PM to 7:00PM and by appointment.

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