Anything Could Happen

Anything Could Happen… ( including our South African friend Faith 47 ! )

Exhibition Dates: March 22 – April 20, 2008
Opening Reception: Saturday, March 22, 2008, 8 PM – Midnight

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

Carmichael Gallery of Contemporary Art is pleased to announce Anything Could Happen…, featuring new artwork by Faith47, Johnny Yanok, Joulu, Mike Kershnar, and Misery. There will be paintings, drawings, stencils, skate decks, screen prints, and posters on display. Hailing from South Africa, Ohio, Ukraine, California, and New Zealand, the artists in this exhibition paint five extraordinary worlds of dreams, beauty, fantasy, and violence. The possibilities for exploration and discovery are endless within their wondrous scenes; though some sparkle with hope and others are tinged with a dark pain, all are lit with a magical spontaneity that leaves you wondering: whatever could happen next?

The people in Faith47’s world are angry, and they have every reason to be: “Today is a day of violence and today is everyday” is scrawled beneath the image of a girl kneeling and clutching a bleeding heart, stubbornly oblivious to the knives, guns, and bombs that encircle her. Faith47 can speak with assurance on such a subject; this is the life she knows and lives herself as a prominent voice on the perilous Cape Town graffiti scene. Aware of the seductive power and potential of artistic expression, Faith47 utilizes her work as a platform to voice her disgust with bureaucracy, war, the inequality of world economics, and capitalism – “the only words we know are more, more, and more.” In spite of this deeply ingrained pain and frustration, however, there is an awe-inspiring beauty in each canvas, design, and wall she paints, an imperative call for rebellion, love, and liberation. Faith47 has showcased her work in Sweden, Amsterdam, and the US, and painted the streets of Ireland, South Africa, Germany, Kenya, Prague, and England.

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