"ost Nach west"

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"ost Nach west"
Curated by: Alex Norouzi

156 N. La Brea
Los Angeles, CA 90036
May 17th, 2008 - June 21st, 2008
Opening: May 17th, 2008 7:00 PM - 11:00 PM

west hollywood/b.h.
M-F 10:30-5:30 / Sat 12:00-5:00



Verve Gallery will open its doors on May 17th for its newest exhibition and exclusive opening reception. This evening of music, wine, refreshments and, most importantly, new artwork will be uncorked at 7 p.m. and feature the most recent works of painters Saule Piktys, John Goetz, Cedar Miller and sculptor David Carmichael.


Each painting is a surprise. I approach my work with the attitude of an explorer searching for composition and the perfect intersection of colors. As I work, the sense of scale vanishes and I am compelled by the internal resistance of the work itself to do surprising and unforeseen things. These moments are exciting! I feel as though all manner of things are happening from a fixed point of reference. There is a center of energy and color spinning like a centrifuge out to the perimeter. Dualities are felt, urban to suburban, pockets of activity and pockets of ease. There is density and transparency. I work until a balance is struck between movement and point of view. My works are fragments of motion perceived, not in an organic totality, but in a synthetic space of experience. Besides the gradation of color and flicker, there is an undercurrent, a rumble of something behind and beyond the image.

The result I want is a pure experience pasted together on a canvas. A glimpse of what one sees and feels when one is not really looking. It is about vital interior energy and mystery. I search for a compositional device, a sense of pulling inward and pushing outward, of gravity and release, of capture and escape. In either direction, the movement is an inexorable and organic exploration of the moment. It is a stop-and-go motion. I look at painting as the culmination of these tasks, the poetic foregrounding of what sits in the head's background. I am interested in luminous and shimmering colors, using color vitality in ways that reflect

ARTIST STATEMENT of David Carmichael

I love the thing-ness of sculpting and the unique energy that goes with that occupies three-dimensional space. My sculpture is created with artistic integrity. It is my hope that each one of my sculptures stands as a thing in and of itself, without reference to anything else. It may not be a new idea but simply one that I embrace. I want my works to elicit a response in those who experience them. It is my wish that they speak to the heart and mind.

They are abstract, but not in the sense of symbols representing something else. Rather, they are intended to take a purely non-representational form and expression. I confer names on them hoping that the viewer understands these only as orientations, not limitations. A name is the strummed chord of a guitar, the stroke of a piano key. It is a convention employed in the service of my immediate perspective.



My process is intuitive. I am guided and informed by the materials I work with. Through dialogue between the various mediums and myself, I improvise and adapt until the work reaches a desired resonance. Granting myself license to create freely is essential. I typically don't begin with a preconceived plan. It is only when I offer my energy to a piece and respond to the way it signals change that it is gradually revealed. Due to the spontaneous nature of my work, I often use found objects like eggshells, recycled glass, metal, castor oil, honey or found objects.

I am inspired by nature, organic form, line and color echoing infinity.

I am inspired by the experience of being human as a process of nature. The form of joy, the line of suffering, the color of inquisition, all echo infinity.