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Primeval: Emol, Stinkfish, Zio Ziegler    Aug 11 - Sep 1, 2012


Opening reception: Saturday, August 11, 6-9pm.

Carmichael Gallery is pleased to present Primeval, a group exhibition featuring works by Emol, Stinkfish and Zio Ziegler. The exhibition will be on view from August 11 to September 1, 2012. Zio Ziegler will be in attendance at the opening reception on Saturday, August 11 from 6-9pm.

Cities and their streets put the three artists in daily contact with the urban elements that in turn influence their work. Be it architecture and propaganda for Emol, the texture of old walls for Stinkfish, or the color of pavement after a rainy afternoon for Zio, inspiration for these artists is inextricably drawn from the outdoor environments they encounter in their respective cities. Their individual mastery of line, sources of form, and choice of color share a compassion for and understanding of history and humanity. Such honest and considered motives translate into works that are powerfully evocative and, though indigenous, universally approachable.

Emol finds the connection between art, artist and city crucial to his practice. He believes that to paint outside is the best way to grasp what is happening at the moment and to know how one’s art affects communities. Emol considers his work an embodiment of antenna to roots, capturing that which is current, but with a strong link to the past and ancestry. He achieves this largely through his color choices, which symbolize Brazil’s wealth of distinct cultures. Through traveling the various regions of his home country and closely observing their different traditions, Emol combines the tropical colors he encounters, each offering a different vibration, with lines and forms to infuse sensorial joy into urban landscapes.

Stinkfish is equally indebted to the street, having spent his childhood playing soccer and going for bike rides around his neighborhood. He is drawn to bringing his work to as many people as possible, favoring busy crossroads and streets as locations for his murals. The texture of highly trafficked, decrepit areas gives Stinkfish the feeling that he is continuing the history of a wall, mixing his story into a larger narrative of crumbling paint, grit and wear. Stinkfish also remembers having an affection when he was young for the cameras his father would buy and sell, spending hours “playing” with them, discovering their mechanisms and teaching himself techniques of framing and focusing that would become essential to his art form. His transposition of photo to mural enhances the fleeting moments of human nature he captured with his camera, leaving the final interpretation up to the public.

Zio too finds that the balance of working publicly and privately assists his entire creative process in a symbiotic way. The open source template of the streets serves as a constant reminder to him of the democratic yet organic nature of art. Though influenced by classical philosophy, literature and art, Zio constantly reminds himself of the paradigm shift towards the digital age. To be aware of this ephemeral state of painting assists the visceral encouragement of instinct in the studio. And so, with the balance of both studio and street, instinct and patience, comes Zio’s paintings.

About the artists:

Emol

Emol was born in Diadema City, Brazil and began painting in early childhood, designing soccer flags and marketing ads for local businesses. In 2000, he began to develop his first graffiti works, strongly influenced by hip-hop culture, and served an apprenticeship with "shacks samba" (samba schools preparing for the Carnival shows), which propelled him toward the exploration of new ideas and techniques. Today he serves as a Cultural Producer of POVO, an organization that aids people in overcoming oppression.

Emol currently lives and works in São Paulo.

Stinkfish

Stinkfish was born in Bogotá, Colombia. Between 2006 and 2007, he and fellow artist Aeon founded APC (Animal Power Culture), a collective that has grown to include 30 artists in Colombia, Mexico, United States, Brazil, Venezuela, Guatemala, Spain, Holland and Argentina. Recognized internationally for his large, colorful murals, Stinkfish often works from photographs of local people that he takes in passing and later turns into stencils that will form part of the finished work.

Stinkfish currently lives and works in Bogotá.

Zio Ziegler

Zio Ziegler was born in Mill Valley, CA in 1988. After studying Philosophy at Brown University and receiving his B.A. in Painting from Rhode Island School of Design (RISDE), Ziegler founded Arte Sempre, a lifestyle and clothing brand offering hand-made and unique products. He is well known in San Francisco and its neighboring suburbs for the many murals he has painted on public walls and through private commissions.

Ziegler currently lives and works in Mill Valley.

About Carmichael Gallery:

Founded in 2007 by husband and wife team Seth and Elisa Carmichael, Carmichael Gallery focuses on a select group of artists breaking ground in painting, mixed media, photography and sculpture. Their annual program comprises a series of solo and group exhibitions that document the progress of these artists.

For information on current, past and upcoming shows, visit www.carmichaelgallery.com. For additional information regarding Primeval, please contact the gallery at art@carmichaelgallery.com or +1 323 939 0600.

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