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Los Angeles, CA
February 5th, 2009 - February 26th, 2009
Opening: February 5th, 2009 7:00 PM - 10:00 PM

Tuesday-Saturday 12-6PM


Carmichael Gallery of Contemporary Art Presents


A Group Exhibition Featuring Alex Hornest, Ilia of Btoy, Jim Darling and

Address: Carmichael Gallery of Contemporary Art
1257 N. La Brea Avenue
West Hollywood CA 90038

Preview reception: Thursday, February 5th 2009 / 7.00pm - 10.00pm

Exhibition Dates: February 6th - February 26th 2009

For Immediate Release:

Carmichael Gallery of Contemporary Art is proud to present Lifeline, a group
exhibition featuring work by Alex Hornest, Ilia of Btoy, Jim Darling, and
Sesper. Artwork featured in the exhibition will include watercolor on paper,
oil and acrylic on wood, acrylic on canvas, and mixed media collage. A
preview reception for the exhibition will be held on Thursday, February 5th,
2009 from 7.00pm - 10.00pm. The exhibition will be open for viewing through
Thursday, February 26th 2009 from 1.00pm - 7.00pm.

About the Artists:

Alex Hornest
Painter, sculptor and mixed media artist from Sao Paulo, Brazil, Alex
Hornest employs a diverse range of materials in his work to explore the
urban, recreational and inner lives of the people around him. He draws
inspiration from the complex relationship between cities and their
inhabitants and seeks to capture the essence of human beings and what moves
them in the midst of chaos, unrest and routine. Alex has exhibited his work
in group and solo exhibitions throughout Brazil and the major cities of the
US, including New York, Los Angeles, San Francisco, and Miami.

Ilia of Btoy
To gaze at a piece by Ilia is to enter into a magical universe populated by
acid-house warriors and chic lost souls. Set against stark retro
landscapes, the artist's muted palette and delicate lines enhance the
turbulence captured within their striking, moody faces. Ilia is one half of
Barcelona duo Btoy. For years, Btoy have been adding life to the influential
Catalan street art scene, and more recently into a grimy tunnel at the first
Cans Festival in London.

Jim Darling
Shape, composition and emotion play a large role in the work of American
artist Jim Darling. "I attempt to take complex ideas and scenarios and boil
them down to a more subtle subject matter," he comments. "I then juxtapose
this simplicity with intricate details. I try not to spell out the entire
story, but rather set a tone and deliver elements for a scene. My hope and
goal is that the viewer can feel that tone and build the story with the
elements that I've constructed." After a childhood in the suburbs of Dallas,
Texas, Jim moved to Denver to study design. Four years ago, he moved to Los
Angeles where he worked as an Art Director, Illustrator, and Fine Artist. He
is currently traveling the country with his wife, making art and looking for
the next city to call home.

Brazilian artist Alexandre "Sesper" Cruz spent his adolescence absorbed in
music and skateboarding - building ramps, making fanzines that documented
the Sao Paulo art scene, and recording k-7 compilations. These interests
influenced the sticker and paste up poster campaigns he launched around the
city in 1999. Sesper is best known for his unique mixed media artwork. He
uses recycled material such as paper, cardboard and wood as his surface and
paints over these with oil pastel and latex, incorporating layer upon layer
of texture and color. A member of the renowned Brazilian art collective, the
Famiglia Baglione, Sesper has participated in and filmed many of their live
painting and gallery installations around Brazil.

About Carmichael Gallery:

Carmichael Gallery of Contemporary Art is fast gaining recognition as one of
the major exhibitors of emerging international contemporary art on the US
West Coast. Artists who have showcased their work at the LA-based gallery
are becoming widely recognized by the art world establishment with
institutions such as the Tate Modern as well as Christie's, Phillips Du
Pury, and Bonhams auction houses supporting their careers.

Also Opening on February 5th!
Front Gallery: Up on the Roof Countin' Pigeons A Solo Exhibition of New Work
by Chris Stain

And in our Showcase Space: Andreas Ragnar Kasapsis

For media inquiries and images contact: Elisa Carmichael
Tel#: 323.969.0600