FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Carmichael Gallery Presents
DIVERGE
The Art of OddZoo
September 6 – 28, 2008
Opening Reception: Saturday, September 6th, 2008, 8PM – Midnight


1257 N. La Brea Ave., West Hollywood, CA 90038
323.969.0600
E-mail, art@carmichaelgallery.com
Web site, http://www.carmichaelgallery.com
Gallery hours, Tuesday-Sunday, 2-7pm




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 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 http://www.carmichaelgallery.com, email art@carmichaelgallery.com, or call 323.969.0600

Autumn Exhibition and Events Calendar
SEPTEMBER
September 6 – September 28 DIVERGE
The Art of OddZoo
September 10, 7PM-9PM MOCA Contemporaries La Brea Art Walk
September 20 - October 12 Vida e Morte
Alexandre Anjo, Andre Firmiano and Pankill

OCTOBER
October 4th - October 26th, Raw Skies
Gaia, Imminent Disaster, Jana Joana, Kay2, Labrona, Produkt, Vitche

NOVEMBER
November 1 - Nov 23 Poor Me Some Smoke
Charming Baker, Guy Denning, Pat Rocha, Ian Strawn, TRXTR
November 5, Bonhams & Butterfields present Collecting Contemporary: Urban Art




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